The Bible: Miracles of Structure Old Testament to New

The good news of the Bible and Gods place for us is available to all beneath the pages but if doubt ever creeps in or you need a miracle to affirm this then simply look at the impossible structure of the Bible. Dozens of writers, thousands of years apart, most with no knowledge of a single other author, no records left, no internet and books that were not even intended to be placed together all link perfectly .

God wrote the Bible by the spirit using men, about His character, for Men so that they may know Him and His character and then choose to come to Him that they be saved. That’s quite some authorship and intention to comprehend really.

Listed below are the examples of the completed word and law of Christ when the mysteries held within the old testament became revealed through the New…

NEW TESTAMENT BOOKS IN ORDER

BOOK 1 – GOSPEL OF MATTHEW

THE COMING BIRTH OF JESUS IS ANNOUNCED

Matthew 1:23a – ‘Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel’ (Isaiah 7:14).

INFANCY AND CHILDHOOD OF JESUS

Matthew 2:6 – ‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are not the least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you shall come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel’ (Micah 5:2).”

Matthew 2:15b – ‘Out of Egypt I called my son’ (Hosea 11:1).

Matthew 2:18 – ‘A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, refusing to be comforted, because they were no more’ (Jeremiah 31:15).

APPEARANCE OF JOHN THE BAPTIST

Matthew 3:3b – ‘The voice of one crying in the wilderness: Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight’ (Isaiah 40:3)

JESUS’ TEMPTATION BY THE DEVIL

Matthew 4:4b – ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God’ (Deuteronomy 8:3).”

Matthew 4:6b – ‘He shall give his angels charge concerning you,’ and ‘In their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone’ (Psalm 91:11,12).”

Matthew 4:7b – ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God’ (Deuteronomy 6:16).”

Matthew 4:10b – ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only you shall serve’ (Deuteronomy 6:13).”

HOW JESUS STARTS HIS MINISTRY ACCORDING TO MATTHEW

Matthew 4:15-16 – ‘The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles: the people who sat in darkness saw a great light, and upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death, light has dawned’ (Isaiah 9:1,2).

SERMON ON THE MOUNT

Anger and Reconciliation

Matthew 5:21b – ‘You shall not murder’ (Exodus 20:13; Deuteronomy 5:17),

Adultery and Lust

Matthew 5:27b – ‘You shall not commit adultery’ (Exodus 20:14; Deuteronomy 5:18).

Divorce and Adultery

Matthew 5:27b – ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce’ (Deuteronomy 24:1).

Swearing and Making Vows

Matthew 5:33b – ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform your oaths to the Lord’ (Leviticus 19:12; Numbers 30:2; Deuteronomy 23:21),

Don’t Take Revenge – “Turn the Other Cheek”

Matthew 5:38b – ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth’ (Exodus 21:24; Leviticus 24:20; Deuteronomy 19:21),

Don’t Hate – “Love Your Enemies”

Matthew 5:43b – ‘You shall love your neighbour’ (Leviticus 19:18)

CALLING OF MATTHEW THE TAX COLLECTOR

Matthew 9:13b – ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice’ (Hosea 6:6).

WARNINGS AND ENCOURAGEMENTS AS THE APOSTLES ARE SENT OUT

Matthew 10:35b-36 – ‘set a man against his own father, a daughter against her own mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’, and ‘a man’s foes will be those of his own household’ (Micah 7:6).

JESUS AND JOHN THE BAPTIST COMPARED – “YET STILL THE PEOPLE WILL NOT REPENT”-

Matthew 11:10b – ‘Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way before you’ (Malachi 3:1).

THE DISCIPLES PICK CORN ON THE SABBATH – “THE SABBATH IS MADE FOR MAN”

Matthew 12:7b – ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice’ (Hosea 6:6)

JESUS CONTINUES HEALING MANY

Matthew 12:18-21 – ‘Behold, my servant whom I have chosen, my beloved in whom my soul is well pleased; I will put my Spirit upon him, and he will declare justice to the Gentiles. He will not quarrel nor cry out, nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets. A bruised reed he will not break, and smoking flax he will not quench, till he sends forth justice to victory. And in his name Gentiles will trust’ (Isaiah 42:1-4).

WHY JESUS SPOKE IN PARABLES

Matthew 13:14b-15 – ‘Hearing you will hear and shall not understand, and seeing you will see and not perceive; for the heart of this people has grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, lest they should understand with their heart and turn, so that I should heal them’ (Isaiah 6:9,10).

Matthew 13:35b – ‘I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world’ (Psalm 78:2).

JESUS AND THE SCRIBES AND PHARISEES – “WHAT REALLY MAKES A PERSON CLEAN”

Matthew 15:4b – ‘Honour your father and your mother’ (Exodus 20:12; Deuteronomy 5:16), and

Matthew 15:4c – ‘He who curses father or mother, let him be put to death’ (Exodus 21:17; Leviticus 20:9).

Matthew 15:8-9 – ‘These people draw near to me with their mouth, and honour me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. And in vain they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men’ (Isaiah 29:13).”

POSSESSIONS AS A POSSIBLE BARRIER TO FOLLOWING JESUS – “THE RICH YOUNG MAN”

Matthew 19:18b-19a – “‘You shall not murder,’ ‘You shall not commit adultery,’ ‘You shall not steal,’ ‘You shall not bear false witness,’ ‘Honour your father and your mother’ (Exodus 20:12-16; Deuteronomy 5:16-20)

Matthew 19b – ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself’ (Leviticus 19:18),”

THE FINAL ENTRY OF JESUS INTO JERUSALEM

Matthew 21:5 – ‘Tell the daughter of Zion, Behold your king is coming to you, lowly, and sitting on a donkey, a colt, the foal of a donkey’ (Zechariah 9:9).

Matthew 21:9b – ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!’ (Psalm 118:26)

JESUS DRIVES THE BUYERS AND SELLERS FROM THE TEMPLE

Matthew 21:13b – ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer’ (Isaiah 56:7).

Matthew 21:13c – ‘den of thieves!’ (Jeremiah 7:11)”

Matthew 21:16b – ‘Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants you have perfected praise’? (Psalm 8:2)”

THOSE WHO WON’T ACCEPT GOD: “THE WICKED TENANTS OF THE VINEYARD”. Also “THE REJECTED STONE”

Matthew 21:42b – ‘The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. This was the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?’ (Psalm 118:22,23)

THE SADDUCEES QUESTION HIM – RISING FROM DEATH

Matthew 22:32a – ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob’? (Exodus 3:6,15)

A TEACHER OF THE LAW (OR SCRIBE) QUESTIONS HIM – THE GREATEST COMMANDMENT

Matthew 22:37b – ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind’ (Deuteronomy 6:5).

Matthew 22:39b – ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself'(Leviticus 19:18).

JESUS IN RETURN, ASKS A QUESTION – ABOUT THE EXPECTED MESSIAH

Matthew 22:44 – ‘The Lord said to my Lord, Sit at my right hand, till I make your enemies your footstool?’ (Psalm 110:1)

JESUS CRITICISES THE TEACHERS OF THE LAW AND THE PHARISEES

Matthew 23:29b – ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!’ (Psalm 118:26)”

JESUS DESCRIBES THE END-TIMES AND HIS RETURN

Matthew 24:15b – ‘abomination of desolation’ (Daniel 9:27; 11:31; 12:11)

Matthew 24:29b – ‘the sun will be darkened, the moon will fail to give her light, the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers of heaven will be shaken’ (Isaiah 13:10; 34:4).

THE LAST NIGHT CONTINUED AND THE GARDEN OF GETHSEMANE

Matthew 26:31b – ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered’ (Zechariah 13:7).

JUDAS ISCARIOT COMMITS SUICIDE

Matthew 27:9b-10 – ‘And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the value of him who was priced, whom they of the children of Israel priced, and gave them for the potter’s field, as the Lord directed them’ (Zechariah 11:12,13; Jeremiah 32:6-9).

HIS CRUCIFIXION AND DEATH

Matthew 27:46b – ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’ (Psalm 22:1)

Book 2 – THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO MARK

APPEARANCE OF JOHN THE BAPTIST

Mark 1:2b – ‘Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way before you’ (Malachi 3:1).

Mark 1:3 – ‘The voice of one crying in the wilderness: Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight’ (Isaiah 40:3).

WHY JESUS SPOKE IN PARABLES

Mark 4:12 – ‘seeing they may see and not perceive, and hearing they may hear and not understand; lest they should turn, and their sins be forgiven them'” (Isaiah 6:9,10).

JESUS AND THE SCRIBES AND PHARISEES – “WHAT REALLY MAKES A PERSON CLEAN”

Mark 7:6b – ‘This people honours me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. And in vain they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men’ (Isaiah 29:13).

Mark 7:10b – ‘Honour your father and your mother’ (Exodus 20:12; Deuteronomy 5:16)

Mark 7:10c – ‘He who curses father or mother, let him be put to death’ (Exodus 21:17; Leviticus 20:9).

GETTING RID OF TEMPTATION – “THE OFFENDING “EYE”, “HAND”, “FOOT””

Mark 9:48 – ‘their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched’ (Isaiah 66:24).

THE PHARISEES AND DIVORCE

Mark 10:6b – ‘made them male and female’ (Genesis 1:27; 5:2).

Mark 10:7-8a – ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’ (Genesis 2:24).

POSSESSIONS AS A POSSIBLE BARRIER TO FOLLOWING JESUS – “THE RICH YOUNG MAN”

Mark 10:19b – ‘Do not commit adultery,’ ‘Do not murder’, ‘Do not steal,’ ‘Do not bear false witness,’ ‘Do not defraud,’ ‘Honour your father and your mother’ (Exodus 20:12-16; Deuteronomy 5:16-20).”

THE FINAL ENTRY OF JESUS INTO JERUSALEM

Mark 11:9b – ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!’ (Psalm 118:26)

JESUS DRIVES THE BUYERS AND SELLERS FROM THE TEMPLE

Mark 11:17b – ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations?’ (Isaiah 56:7).

Mark 11:17d – ‘den of thieves!’ (Jeremiah 7:11)”

THOSE WHO WON’T ACCEPT GOD: “THE WICKED TENANTS OF THE VINEYARD”

Mark 12:10b-11 – ‘The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. This was the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?’ (Psalm 118:22,23)”

THE SADDUCEES QUESTION HIM – RISING FROM DEATH

Mark 12:26b – ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? (Exodus 3:6,15)

A TEACHER OF THE LAW (OR SCRIBE) QUESTIONS HIM – THE GREATEST COMMANDMENT

Mark 12:29b-30 – ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your mind, and with all your strength’ (Deuteronomy 6:4,5).

Mark 12:31b – ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself’ (Leviticus 19:18).

JESUS IN RETURN, ASKS A QUESTION – ABOUT THE EXPECTED MESSIAH

Mark 12:36b – ‘The Lord said to my Lord, Sit at my right hand, till I make your enemies your footstool’ (Psalm 110:1).

JESUS DESCRIBES THE END-TIMES AND HIS RETURN

Mark 13:14b – ‘the abomination of desolation’ (Daniel 9:27; 11:31; 12:11)

Mark 13:24b-25 – ‘the light of the sun will be darkened and the moon will not give her light; stars will be falling from the sky and the powers of heaven will rock on their foundations’ (Isaiah 13:10; 34:4).

THE LAST NIGHT CONTINUED AND THE GARDEN OF GETHSEMANE

Mark 14:27b – ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered’ (Zechariah 13:7).

HIS CRUCIFIXION AND DEATH

Mark 15:34b – ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’ (Psalm 22:1)

Book 3 – THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO LUKE

BIRTH OF JESUS

Luke 2:23b – ‘Every male who opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord’ (Exodus 13:2,12,15)

Luke 2:24b – ‘A pair of turtle doves, or two young pigeons’ (Leviticus 12:8)

APPEARANCE OF JOHN THE BAPTIST

Luke 3:4b-6 – ‘The voice of one crying in the wilderness: Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill brought low; and the crooked places shall be made straight, and the rough ways made smooth; and all flesh shall see the salvation of God’ (Isaiah 40:3-5).

JESUS’ TEMPTATION BY THE DEVIL

Luke 4:4b – ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God’ (Deuteronomy 8:3).”

Luke 4:8b – ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only you shall serve’ (Deuteronomy 6:13).”

Luke 4:10b-11 – ‘He shall give his angels charge over you, to keep you’, and ‘In their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone’ (Psalm 91:11,12).”

Luke 4:12b – ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God’ (Deuteronomy 6:16).”

JESUS IS REJECTED IN NAZARETH FOR THE FIRST TIME – “THE PROPHET WITHOUT HONOUR IN HIS OWN TOWN”

Luke 4:18-19 – ‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach the Gospel to the poor. He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord’ (Isaiah 61:1,2).

JESUS AND JOHN THE BAPTIST COMPARED – “YET STILL THE PEOPLE WILL NOT REPENT”

Luke 7:27b – ‘Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way before you’ (Malachi 3:1).

WHY JESUS SPOKE IN PARABLES

Luke 8:10b – ‘seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand’ (Isaiah 6:9)”.

WHO IS OUR NEIGHBOUR? – “THE GOOD SAMARITAN”

Luke 10:27a – ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind’ (Deuteronomy 6:5)

Luke 10:27b – ‘your neighbour as yourself’ (Leviticus 19:18),”

JESUS AND THE ANTAGONISM OF HEROD ANTIPAS

Luke 13:35b – ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!’ (Psalm 118:26)”

POSSESSIONS AS A POSSIBLE BARRIER TO FOLLOWING JESUS – “THE RICH YOUNG MAN”

Luke 18:20b – ‘Do not commit adultery,’ ‘Do not murder,’ ‘Do not steal,’ ‘Do not bear false witness,’ ‘Honour your father and your mother’ (Exodus 20:12-16; Deuteronomy 5:16-20)”

THE FINAL ENTRY OF JESUS INTO JERUSALEM

Luke 19:38b – “‘Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!'” (Psalm 118:26)

JESUS DRIVES THE BUYERS AND SELLERS FROM THE TEMPLE

Luke 19:46b – ‘My house is a house of prayer’ (Isaiah 56:7),

Luke 19:46d – ‘den of thieves!’ (Jeremiah 7:11)”

THOSE WHO WON’T ACCEPT GOD: “THE WICKED TENANTS OF THE VINEYARD”. Also “THE REJECTED STONE”

Luke 20:17b – ‘The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone?’ (Psalm 118:22)

THE SADDUCEES QUESTION HIM – RISING FROM DEATH

Luke 20:37b – ‘the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’ (Exodus 3:6,15).

JESUS IN RETURN, ASKS A QUESTION – ABOUT THE EXPECTED MESSIAH

Luke 20:42b-43 – ‘The Lord said to my Lord, Sit at my right hand, till I make your enemies your footstool.’ (Psalm 110:1)

THE LAST NIGHT CONTINUED AND THE GARDEN OF GETHSEMANE

Luke 22:37b – ‘And he was numbered with the transgressors’ (Isaiah 53:12).

HIS CRUCIFIXION AND DEATH

Luke 23:30b – ‘to say to the mountains, Fall on us! and to the hills, Cover us!’ (Hosea 10:8)

Luke 23:46b – ‘into your hands I commend my spirit.’ (Psalm 31:5)”

Book 4 – THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO JOHN

APPEARANCE OF JOHN THE BAPTIST

John 1:23b – ‘The voice of one crying in the wilderness: Make straight the way of the Lord’ (Isaiah 40:3)

JESUS DRIVES THE BUYERS AND SELLERS FROM THE TEMPLE FOR THE FIRST TIME

John 2:17b – ‘Zeal for your house has eaten me up’ (Psalm 69:9)

JESUS THE BREAD OF LIFE AND THE HARD REALITY OF HIS TEACHING?

John 6:45b – ‘And they shall all be taught by God,’ (Isaiah 54:13)

THE MAN BORN BLIND WHO GOES BEFORE THE PHARISEES

John 9:24b -‘ give God the glory’ (Joshua 7:19)

THE OPPOSITION CONTINUES; AGAIN THE AUTHORITIES TRY TO ARREST HIM

John 10:34b -“‘I have said you are gods’? (Psalm 82:6)

THE FINAL ENTRY OF JESUS INTO JERUSALEM

John 12:13b – ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord’ (Psalm 118:26),

John 12:15 – ‘Fear not, daughter of Zion: behold, your king is coming, sitting on a donkey’s colt’ (Zechariah 9:9).

AS MANY JEWS REJECT JESUS, SO OTHERS REACH OUT TO HIM

John 12:38b – ‘Lord, who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?’ (Isaiah 53:1)

John 12:40 – ‘He has blinded their eyes and hardened their heart, lest they should see with their eyes and understand with their heart, lest they should turn, so that I should heal them’ (Isaiah 6:10)

THE LAST SUPPER

John 13:18b – ‘He who eats bread with me has lifted up his heal against me’ (Psalm 41:9)

UNION WITH JESUS – “THE VINE AND THE BRANCHES”, AND THE HATRED OF THE WORLD

John 15:25b – ‘They hated me without a cause’ (Psalm 35.19; 69:4).

HIS CRUCIFIXION AND DEATH

John 19:24b – ‘They divided my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots’ (Psalm 22:18)

HIS BURIAL

John 19:36b – ‘Not one of his bones shall be broken.’ (Exodus 12:46, Numbers 9:12, Psalm 34:20)

John 19:37b – ‘They shall look on him whom they pierced.’ (Zechariah 12:10)

Book 5 – THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES
Chapters 1-8 – The Jewish Period

THE CHURCH MEETS; MATTHIAS APPOINTED AN APOSTLE

Acts 1:20b – ‘Let his habitation be desolate, and let no one live in it’ (Psalm 69:25), and

Acts 1:20c – ‘Let another take his office’ (Psalm 109:8).

PETER SPEAKS TO JEWS VISITING JERUSALEM FOR PENTECOST

Acts 2:17-21 – ‘And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your young men shall see visions, your old men shall dream dreams. And on my menservants and on my maidservants I will pour out my Spirit in those days and they shall prophesy. I will show wonders in heaven above and signs in the earth beneath: blood and fire and vapour of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness and the moon into blood, before the coming of the great and notable day of the Lord. And it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’ (Joel 2:28-32)

Acts 2:25b-28 – ‘I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is at my right hand, that I may not be shaken; therefore my heart rejoiced, and my tongue was glad; moreover my flesh will also rest in hope, because you will not leave my soul in Hades, nor will you allow your holy one to see corruption. You have made known to me the ways of life; you will make me full of joy in your presence.’ (Psalm 16:8-11)

Acts 2:34-35a – ‘The Lord said to my Lord, Sit at my right hand, till I make your enemies your footstool’. (Psalm 110:1)

PETER SPEAKS AFTER HEALING THE CRIPPLED MAN

Acts 3:22b-24 – ‘The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from your brethren. Him you shall hear in all things, whatever he says to you. And it shall come to pass that every soul who will not hear that prophet shall be utterly destroyed from among the people.’ (Deuteronomy 18:15,18,19)

Acts 3:25b – ”And in your seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed.’ (Genesis 22:18; 26:4)

Acts 4:11 – ‘stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone’ (Psalm 118:22).

THE DISCIPLES PRAY AND ALL ARE FILLED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT

Acts 4:25b-26 – ‘Why did the nations rage, and the people plot vain things? The kings of the earth took their stand, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord and against his Christ’ (Psalm 2:1-2) –

STEPHEN DEFENDS HIMSELF AGAINST CHARGES OF BLASPHEMY

Acts 7:3b – ‘Get out of your country and from your relatives, and come to a land that I will show you.’ (Genesis 12:1)

Acts 7:7a – ‘And the nation to whom they will be in bondage I will judge,’ (Genesis 15:14)

Acts 7:7b – ‘and after that they shall come out and serve me in this place.’ (Exodus 3:12)

Acts 7:27b-28 – ‘Who made you a ruler and judge over us? Do you want to kill me as you killed that Egyptian yesterday?’ (Exodus 2:14)

Acts 7:32a – ‘I am the God of your fathers – the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’ (Exodus 3:6)

Acts 7:33-34 – ‘Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground. I have certainly seen the oppression of my people who are in Egypt; I have heard their groaning and have come down to deliver them. And now come, I will send you to Egypt.’ (Exodus 3:5,7,8,10)

Acts 7:37b – ‘The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from your brethren. Him you shall hear.’ (Deuteronomy 18:15)

Acts 7:40b – ‘Make us gods to go before us; as for this Moses who brought us out of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.’ (Exodus 32:1)

Acts 7:42b-43 – ‘Did you offer me slaughtered animals and sacrifices during forty years in the wilderness, O house of Israel? Yes, you took up the tabernacle of Moloch, and the star of your god Remphan, images which you made to worship; and I will carry you away beyond Babylon.’ (Amos 5:25-27)

Acts 7:49-50 – ‘Heaven is my throne. and earth is my footstool. What house will you build for me? says the Lord, or what is the place of my rest? Has my hand not made all these things?’ (Isaiah 66:1,2)

Chapters 8-13 – Earliest Missionary Journeys 

 THE CHURCH SCATTERS; PHILIP EVANGELISES SAMARIA AND BAPTISES THE ETHIOPIAN EUNUCH

Acts 8:32b-33 – ‘He was led as a sheep to the slaughter, and like a lamb silent before its shearer, so he opened not his mouth. In his humiliation his justice was taken away. And who will declare his generation? For his life is taken from the earth.’ (Isaiah 53:7-8)

Chapters 13-15 – Paul’s First Missionary Journey & the Council at Jerusalem

PAUL ADDRESSES THE JEWS IN THE SYNAGOGUE AT PISIDIAN ANTIOCH IN ASIA MINOR

Acts 13:22b – ‘I have found David (Psalm 89:20) …. the son of Jesse …. a man after my own heart, who will do all my will.’ (a paraphrase of 1 Samuel 13:14)

Acts 13:33b – ”You are my son, today I have begotten you.’ (Psalm 2:7)

Acts 13:34b – ”I will give you the sure mercies of David.’ (Isaiah 55:3)

Acts 13:41 – ”Behold, you despisers, marvel and perish; for I work a work in your days, a work which you will by no means believe, though one were to declare it to you.’ (Habakkuk 1:5)”

Acts 13:47b – ‘I have set you to be a light to the Gentiles, that you should be for salvation to the ends of the earth.’ (Isaiah 49:6)”

THE COUNCIL AT JERUSALEM; PETER & JAMES SUPPORT PAUL & BARNABAS

Acts 15:16-18 – ‘After this I will return and will rebuild the tabernacle of David which has fallen down. I will rebuild its ruins, and I will set it up, so that the rest of mankind may seek the Lord, even all the Gentiles who are called by my name, says the Lord who does all these things. (Amos 9:11,12)

Chapter 15-18 – Paul’s Second Missionary Journey

Chapters 18:23b-20 – Paul’s Third Missionary Journey

Chapters 21-28 – Paul’s Arrest in Jerusalem & Journey to Rome

PAUL IS TAKEN BEFORE THE SANHEDRIN

Acts 23:5b – ‘You shall not speak evil of the ruler of your people.’ (Exodus 22:28)”

PAUL PREACHES TO THE JEWS OF ROME

Acts 28:26-27 – ‘Go to the people and say, Hearing you will hear, and shall not understand; and seeing you will see, and not perceive; for the heart of this people has grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, lest they should understand with their heart and turn, so that I should heal them.’ (Isaiah 6:9-10)

Book 6 – PAUL’S LETTER TO THE ROMANS 

THE POWER OF THE GOSPEL IS FOR EVERYONE’S SALVATION

Romans 1:17b – ‘The just shall live by faith’ (Habakkuk 2:4).

NONE OF US WILL ESCAPE JUDGEMENT FOR OUR WICKEDNESS, NOR FORGO REWARD FOR ANY GOOD WE DO

Romans 2:6 – ‘render to every man according to his works’ (Psalm 62:12; Proverbs 24:12),

IF THE JEWS PREACH GOD’S LAW, BUT DISOBEY IT, THEY DISHONOUR HIS NAME

Romans 2:24b –  ‘the very name of God is cursed among the Gentiles because of the behaviour of Jews?’ (Isaiah 52:5; Ezekiel 36:22)

THE JEWS, ALTHOUGH CHOSEN TO RECEIVE GOD’S LAW, ARE AS MUCH FAITHLESS SINNERS AS THE GENTILES

Romans 3:4b – ‘That you may be justified in your words, and may overcome when you are judged’ (Psalm 51:4).

Romans 3:10b-12 – ‘There is none righteous, no, not one; there is none who understands; there is none who seeks after God. They have all gone out of the way; they have together become unprofitable; there is none who does good, no, not one’ (Psalms 14:1-3; 53:1-3; Ecclesiastes 7:20). 

Romans 3:13a – ‘Their throat is an open tomb; with their tongues they have practised deceit’ (Psalm 5:9);  

Romans 3:13b – ‘the poison of asps is under their lips’ (Psalm 140:3),  

Romans 3:14 – ‘whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness’ (Psalm 10:7). 

Romans 3:15-17 – ‘Their feet are swift to shed blood; destruction and misery are in their ways; and the way of peace they have not known’ (Isaiah 59:7,8).  

Romans 3:18 – ‘There is no fear of God before their eyes’ (Psalm 36:1).

ABRAHAM WAS “JUSTIFIED” BY FAITH BEFORE CIRCUMCISION, NOT BY OBEYING THE LAW AFTERWARDS; GOD’S PROMISES ARE FOR BOTH GENTILE AND JEW

Romans 4:3a – ‘Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness’ (Genesis 15:6).

Romans 4:7-8 – ”Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered; blessed is the man to whom the Lord shall not impute sin’ (Psalm 32:1,2).

Romans 4:18b – ”I have made you a father of many nations’ (Genesis 17:5).

Romans 4:18d – ‘ ‘your descendants’ (Genesis 15:5).

Romans 4:22b – ‘ ‘was accounted to him for righteousness’ (Genesis 15:6).

THE LAW WAS STILL NEEDED; WITHOUT IT WE WOULD NOT HAVE RECOGNIZED SIN NOR ITS POWER OVER US

Romans 7:7b – ‘You shall not covet’ (Exodus 20:17; Deuteronomy 5:21).

WE CAN NEVER LOSE AND NOTHING CAN EVER SEPARATE US FROM CHRIST’S LOVE

Romans 8:36b – ‘For your sake we are killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter’ (Psalm 44:22)

WHY GOD HAS NOT INCLUDED ALL JEWS IN HIS PLAN OF SALVATION

Romans 9:7b – ‘in Isaac your seed shall be called’ (Genesis 21:12).

Romans 9:9b – ‘At this time I will come and Sarah shall have a son’ (Genesis 18:10,14).

Romans 9:12b – ‘The older shall serve the younger’ (Genesis 25:23). 

Romans 9:23b –  ‘Jacob I have loved, but Esau I have hated’ (Malachi 1:2,3).

GOD IS NOT UNJUST; IT IS HIS BUSINESS TO WHOM HE SHOWS MERCY AND GRANTS SALVATION 

Romans 9:14b – ‘I will have mercy on whomever I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whomever I will have compassion’ (Exodus 33:19).

Romans 9:17b – ”Even for this same purpose I have raised you up, that I might show my power in you, and that my name shall be declared in all the earth’ (Exodus 9:16). 

Romans 9:20b – ‘ ‘Why did you make me like this?’ (Isaiah 29:16; 45:9)

Romans 9:25b – ”I will call them my people, who were not my people, and her beloved, who was not beloved’ (Hosea 2:23). 

Romans 9:26 – ”And it shall come to pass in the place where it was said to them, You are not my people, there they will be called sons of the living God’ (Hosea 1:10). 

Romans 9:27b – ”though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, the remnant will be saved. For he will finish the work and cut it short in righteousness, because the Lord will make a short work upon the earth’ (Isaiah 10:22,23). 

Romans 9:29b – ”Unless the Lord of Sabaoth had left us a seed, we would have become like Sodom and we would have been made like Gomorrah’ (Isaiah 1:9). 

THE JEWS STILL INSIST ON GOOD WORKS; THE GENTILES ACCEPT THE NEED FOR FAITH IN CHRIST

Romans 9:33b – ‘Behold, I lay in Zion a stumbling stone and rock of offence, and whoever believes on him will not be put to shame’ (Isaiah 8:14; 28:16).

SALVATION COMES FROM BELIEVING IN YOUR HEART THAT JESUS IS LORD, AND LORD OF ALL

Romans 10:5b – ‘the man who does those things shall live by them’ (Leviticus 18:5) 

Romans 10:6b – ‘ ‘Do not say in your heart, Who will ascend into heaven?’ (Deuteronomy 30:12)  

Romans 10:7b – ”who will descend into the abyss’ (Deuteronomy 30:13) 

Romans 10:8b – ”The word is near you, even in your mouth and in your heart’ (Deuteronomy 30:14).

Romans 10:11b – ”Whoever believes on him will not be put to shame’ (Isaiah 28:16). 

Romans 10:13 – ”Whoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved’ (Joel 2:32). 

THE GOSPEL MUST BE PREACHED BUT STILL THE JEWS WILL NOT LISTEN

Romans 10:15b – ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the Gospel of peace, who bring glad tidings of good things!’ (Isaiah 52:7; Nahum 1:15)  

Romans 10:16b – ‘Lord, who has believed our report?’ (Isaiah 53:1)  

Romans 10:18b – ‘Their sound has gone out to all the earth, and their word to the ends of the world’ (Psalm 19:4).

Romans 10:19b – ‘I will provoke you to jealousy by those who are not a nation. I will anger you by a foolish nation’ (Deuteronomy 32:21). 

Romans 10:20b – ‘I was found by those who did not seek me; I was made manifest to those who did not ask for me’ (Isaiah 65:1). 

Romans 10:21b – ‘All day long I have stretched out my hands to a disobedient and contrary people’ (Isaiah 65:2).

A REMNANT OF ISRAEL IS BEING SAVED

Romans 11:3 – ‘Lord, they have killed your prophets, and torn down your altars, and I alone am left, and they seek my life’ (1 Kings 19:10,14).  

Romans 11:4b – ”I have reserved for myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal’ (1 Kings 19:18). 

THE JEW’S LOSS HAS BEEN THE GENTILE’S GAIN

Romans 11:8b – ‘God has given them a spirit of stupor, eyes that they should not see and ears that they should not hear, to this very day’ (Deuteronomy 29:4; Isaiah 29:10). 

Romans 11:9b-10 – ‘Let their table become a snare and a trap, a stumbling block and a recompense to them; let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see, and bow down their back always’ (Psalm 69:22,23). 

GOD CAN STILL RECEIVE BACK THE JEWS, AND HE WILL DO SO IN FULL 

Romans 11:26b-27 – ‘The deliverer will come out of Zion, and he will turn away ungodliness from Jacob, for this is may covenant with them, when I take away their sins’ (Isaiah 59:20,21). 

GOD’S WISDOM AND MYSTERY

Romans 11:34 – ‘Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has become his counsellor?’ (Isaiah 40:13)  

Romans 11:35 – ‘Or who has first given to him and it shall be repaid to him?’ (Job 41:11) 

CHRIST IS THE UNIVERSAL SAVIOUR OF JEWS AND GENTILES

Romans 15:9b – ‘For this reason I will confess to you among the Gentiles, and sing to your name’ (2 Samuel 22:50; Psalm 18:49).

Romans 15:10b – ‘Rejoice, O Gentiles, with his people!’ (Deuteronomy 32:43)

Romans 15:11b – ‘Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles! Laud him, all you peoples!’ (Psalm 117:1)

Romans 15:12b – ‘There shall be a root of Jesse; and he who shall rise to reign over the Gentiles, in him the Gentiles shall hope’ (Isaiah 11:10).

HE WANTS TO PREACH THE GOSPEL WHEREVER CHRIST IS UNKNOWN

Romans 15:21b – ‘To whom he was not announced, they shall see; and those who have not heard shall understand’ (Isaiah 52:1)

Book 7 – PAUL’S FIRST LETTER TO THE CORINTHIANS

CHRIST CRUCIFIED IS MADNESS IN THE WORLD’S EYES; TO THOSE WHO ARE SAVED IT IS THE WISDOM OF GOD

1 Corinthians 1:19b – ‘I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent’ (Isaiah 29:14).

MANY OF THE CHOSEN ARE THE WEAK AND DESPISED; THE UNIMPORTANCE OF MOST OF THE CORINTHIANS IN WORLDLY TERMS

1 Corinthians 1:31b – ‘He who glories, let him glory in the Lord (Jeremiah 9:24).

ONLY GOD’S CHOSEN PEOPLE CAN UNDERSTAND THIS MYSTERY; THE WORLD CAN NOT

1 Corinthians 2:9b – ‘Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love him’ (Isaiah 64:4).

GOD’S SPIRIT, GIVING US THE MIND OF CHRIST GRANTS US THIS UNDERSTANDING

1 Corinthians 2:16b – ‘Who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him?’ (Isaiah 40:13)

BECOME A GODLY FOOL, NOT WORLDLY WISE; IN GOD THROUGH CHRIST, YOU HAVE EVERYTHING

1 Corinthians 3:19b – ‘He catches the wise in their own craftiness’ (Job 5:13).

1 Corinthians 3:19d – ‘The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile’ (Psalm 94:11).

PAUL HAS ALREADY TOLD THEM TO AVOID IMMORAL CHRISTIANS; GOD WILL DEAL WITH THE NON-CHRISTIANS

1 Corinthians 5:13b – ‘put away from yourselves that wicked person’ (Deuteronomy 17:7; 19:19; 21:21; 22:21,24; 24:7).

PAUL’S DEFENCE OF HIS RIGHTS AS AN APOSTLE

1 Corinthians 9:9b – ‘You shall not muzzle an ox while it treads out the grain’ (Deuteronomy 25:4).

AS DEATH CAME THROUGH ADAM SO LIFE COMES THROUGH CHRIST; HE HAS DESTROYED DEATH

1 Corinthians 15:25b – ‘He has put all things under his feet’ (Psalm 8:6).

AGAIN, IF THERE IS NO RESURRECTION, IT IS POINTLESS BEING PERSECUTED FOR PREACHING THE GOSPEL

1 Corinthians 15:33b – ‘Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die!’ (Isaiah 22:13)

AS WE HAVE SHARED THE NATURAL BODY OF ADAM, SO WE WILL PUT ON THE SPIRITUAL BODY OF CHRIST

1 Corinthians 15:44b – ‘The first man Adam became a living being’ (Genesis 2:7).

DEATH IS DEFEATED, SIN OVERCOME AND WE HAVE TOTAL VICTORY THROUGH CHRIST; LET NO ONE CHEAT YOU OF THIS TRUTH

1 Corinthians 15:54b – ‘Death is swallowed up in victory’ (Isaiah 25:8)

1 Corinthians 15:55 – ‘O death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?’ (Hosea 13:14)

Book 8 – PAUL’S SECOND LETTER TO THE CORINTHIANS

THE APOSTLES PREACH CHRIST’S GOSPEL PLAINLY, BUT MANY, INCLUDING THE FALSE TEACHERS, CANNOT SEE IT

2 Corinthians 4:6b – ‘light to shine in darkness’ (Genesis 1:3)

THE APOSTLE’S SUCCESS IN SPITE OF THEIR APPARENT WEAKNESS IS TO DEMONSTRATE THE POWER OF GOD

2 Corinthians 4:13b – ‘I believed and therefore I spoke’ (Psalm 116:10).

YOU CANNOT COMBINE CHRISTIAN AND PAGAN WAYS OF LIVING

2 Corinthians 6:16b – ‘I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they shall be my people’ (Leviticus 26:12; Jeremiah 32:38; Ezekiel 37:27).

2 Corinthians 6:17 – ‘Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you’ (Isaiah 52:11; Ezekiel 20:34,41).

2 Corinthians 6:18 – ‘I will be a father to you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty’ (2 Samuel 7:14).

HE URGES THE CORINTHIANS TO EXCEED THE GENEROSITY OF THE MACEDONIANS

2 Corinthians 8:15b – ‘He who gathered much had nothing left over, and he who gathered little had no lack’ (Exodus 16:18 – referring to the daily collection of manna “from heaven”).

HE ALSO RESPONDS TO THE FALSE TEACHERS WHO HAVE ALL THE ANSWERS; HE KNOWS HIS HUMAN LIMITATIONS

2 Corinthians 10:17 – ‘He who glories, let him glory in the Lord’ (Jeremiah 9:24).

Book 9 – PAUL’S LETTER TO THE GALATIANS

ABRAHAM AS AN EXAMPLE OF LIVING IN FAITH, A FAITH FREELY AVAILABLE TO ALL

Galatians 3:6b – ‘believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.’ (Genesis 15:6)

Galatians 3:8b – ‘In you all the nations shall be blessed.’ (Genesis 12:3; 18:18; 22:18; 26:4; 28:14)

NO ONE CAN MEET ALL THE DEMANDS OF THE LAW; FAITH IN JESUS SAVES US FROM THAT IMPOSSIBILITY

Galatians 3:10b – ‘Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things which are written in the book of the Law, to do them.’ (Deuteronomy 27:26)

Galatians 3:11b – ‘The just shall live by faith.’ (Habakkuk 2:4)

Galatians 3:12b – ‘The man who does them shall live by them.’ (Leviticus 18:5)

Galatians 3:13b – ‘Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree.’ (Deuteronomy 21:23)

GOD TOLD ABRAHAM ABOUT THE COMING OF JESUS LONG BEFORE HE GAVE MOSES THE LAW

Galatians 3:16b – ‘and to your seed’ (Genesis 12:7; 13:15; 24:7),

ABRAHAM’S TWO SONS ILLUSTRATE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SLAVERY TO THE LAW AND FREEDOM THROUGH FAITH IN CHRIST

Galatians 4:27b – ‘Rejoice, O barren (woman), you who do not bear! Break forth and shout, you who do not travail! For the desolate (woman) has many more children than she who has a husband.’ (Isaiah 54:1)

Galatians 4:30b – ‘Cast out the bondwoman (slavewoman) and her son, for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman.’ (Genesis 21:10)

Book 10 – PAUL’S LETTER TO THE EPHESIANS

OUR DIFFERENT SPIRITUAL GIFTS ARE NEEDED TO BUILD THE CHURCH, THE BODY OF CHRIST

Ephesians 4:8b – ‘When he ascended on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts to men’ (Psalm 68:18).

Book 11 – PAUL’S LETTER TO THE PHILLIPIANS

Book 12 – PAUL’S LETTER TO THE COLOSSIANS

Book 13 – PAUL’S FIRST LETTER TO THE THESSALONIANS

Book 14 – PAUL’S SECOND LETTER TO THE THESSALONIANS

Book 15 – PAUL’S FIRST LETTER TO TIMOTHY

Book 16 – PAUL’S SECOND LETTER TO TIMOTHY

Book 17 – PAUL’S LETTER TO TITUS

Book 18 – PAUL’S LETTER TO PHILOMEN

Book 19 – HEBREWS: THE LETTER TO JEWISH CHRISTIANS

CHRIST IS HIGHER THAN THE ANGELS

Hebrews 1:5b – ‘You are my Son, today I have begotten you?’ (Psalm 2:7)

Hebrews 1:5c –  ‘I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?’ (2 Samuel 7:14; 1 Chronicles 17:13)

Hebrews 1:6b – ‘Let all the angels of God worship him’ (Deuteronomy 32:43 in the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Greek Septuagint version of the Jewish Bible).

Hebrews 1:7b – ‘Who makes his angels spirits and his ministers a flame of fire’ (Psalm 104:4). 

Hebrews 1:8b-9 – ‘Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness more than your companions’ (Psalm 45:6,7). 

Hebrews 1:10b-12 – ‘You, Lord, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands; they will perish, but you remain; and they will all grow old like a garment; like a cloak you will fold them up, and they will be changed. But you are the same, and your years will not fail’ (Psalm 102:25-27). 

Hebrews 1:13b – ‘Sit at my right hand, till I make your enemies your footstool?’ (Psalm 110:1) 

JESUS CHRIST THE SON OF GOD ALSO BECAME A MAN, LOWER THAN THE ANGELS

Hebrews 2:6b-8a – ‘What is man that you are mindful of him, or the son of man that you take care of him? You made him a little lower than the angels; you crowned him with glory and honour, and set him over the works of your hands. You have put all things in subjection under his feet’ (Psalm 8:4-6).

Hebrews 2:12b – ‘I will declare your name to my brethren; in the midst of the congregation I will sing praise to you’ (Psalm 22:22).

Hebrews 2:13a – ‘I will put my trust in him’ (Isaiah 8:17). 

Hebrews 2:13b – ‘Here am I and the children whom God has given me’ (Isaiah 8:18). 

SECOND WARNING – STAND FIRM; REJECTING JESUS IS FAR MORE SERIOUS THAN REJECTING MOSES

Hebrews 3:7a-11 – ‘Today, if you will hear his voice, do not harden your hearts in the rebellion, in the day of trial in the wilderness, where your fathers tested me (the Lord God), proved me, and saw my works for forty years. Therefore I was angry with that generation, and said they always go astray in their heart, and they have not known my ways. So I swore in my wrath, they shall not enter my rest’ (Psalm 95:7-11). 

Hebrews 3:15b – ‘Today, if you will hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion’ (Psalm 95:7-8). 

 THE ETERNAL REST OF HEAVEN IS PROMISED TO THOSE WHO REMAIN FAITHFUL TO CHRIST

Hebrews 4:3b – ‘So I swore in my wrath, they shall not enter my rest’ (Psalm 95:11); 

Hebrews 4:5b – ‘And God rested on the seventh day from all his works’ (Genesis 2:2).

Hebrews 4:7b – ‘Today, if you will hear his voice, do not harden your hearts’ (Psalm 95:7,8). 

JESUS CHRIST THE GREAT HIGH PRIEST CONTRASTED WITH AARON, THE HIGH PRIEST OF MOSES 

Hebrews 5:5b – ‘You are my Son, today I have begotten you’ (Psalm 2:7). 

Hebrews 5:6b – ‘You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek’ (Psalm 110:4). 

FOURTH WARNING – MOVE ON TOWARDS CHRISTIAN MATURITY; DON’T TURN BACK; PERSEVERE

Hebrews 6:14 – ‘Surely blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply you’ (Genesis 22:17). 

JESUS CHRIST, THE GREAT HIGH PRIEST COMPARED WITH MELCHIZEDEK 

Hebrews 7:17b – ‘You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.’ (Psalm 110:4) 

Hebrews 7:21b – ‘The Lord has sworn and will not relent, You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek’ (Psalm 110:4). 

THE SUPERIORITY OF CHRIST IN HEAVEN OVER THE HIGH PRIEST IN HIS EARTHLY TEMPLE 

Hebrews 8:5b – ‘See that you make all things according to the pattern shown you on the mountain’ (Exodus 25:40). 

THE NEW AGREEMENT OF JESUS SUPERSEDES THE OLD AGREEMENT OF THE LAW

Hebrews 8:8a-12 – ‘Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah not – according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they did not continue in my covenant, and I disregarded them, says the Lord. For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel: After those days, says the Lord, I will put my laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall by my people. None of them shall teach his neighbour, and none his brother, saying, Know the Lord, for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest of them. For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more’ (Jeremiah 31:31-34). 

…. THE HEAVENLY MINISTRY OF JESUS CHRIST UNDER THE NEW AGREEMENT

Hebrews 9:20b – ‘This is the blood of the covenant which God has commanded you’ (Exodus 24:8). 

SACRIFICES UNDER THE LAW CANNOT CANCEL SIN; CHRIST’S ONE SACRIFICE IN OBEDIENCE TO GOD, DOES

Hebrews 10:5b-7 – ‘Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you have prepared for me. In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin you had no pleasure. Then I said, Behold, I have come – in the volume of books it is written of me – to do your will, O God’ (Psalm 40:6-8). 

Hebrews 10:16 – ‘This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them’ (Jeremiah 31:33). 

Hebrews 10:17 – ‘Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more’ (Jeremiah 31:34). 

FIFTH WARNING – WHAT HOPE DO WE HAVE IF WE REJECT CHRIST’S SACRIFICE 

Hebrews 10:30b – ‘Vengeance is mine: I will repay’ (Deuteronomy 32:35), 

Hebrews 10:30c – ‘The Lord will judge his people’ (Deuteronomy 32:36; Psalm 135:14). 

HAVING COME SO FAR IN FAITH, DON’T TURN BACK, ENDURE

Hebrews 10:37-38 – ‘For yet a little while, and he who is coming will come and will not tarry. Now the just shall live by faith; but if anyone draws back, my soul has no pleasure in him’ (Habakkuk 2:3,4). 

EXAMPLES OF FAITH FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT

Hebrews 11:18b – ‘In Isaac your seed shall be called’ (Genesis 21:12). 

KEEP GOING IN FAITH, ACCEPT GOD’S DISCIPLINE

Hebrews 12:5b-6 – ‘My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by him; for whom the Lord loves he chastens, and scourges every son whom he receives’ (Proverbs 3:11-12). 

Hebrews 12:20b – ‘And if so much as a beast touches the mountain, it shall be stoned or thrust through with an arrow’ (Exodus 19:12-13). 

Hebrews 12:21b – ‘I am exceedingly afraid and trembling’ (Deuteronomy 9:19). 

SIXTH & FINAL WARNING – LISTEN TO OF GOD: AT THE END, ONLY THOSE WHO ARE FAITHFUL TO CHRIST, WILL REMAIN

Hebrews 12:26b – ‘Yet once more I shake not only the earth, but also heaven’ (Haggai 2:6).

Hebrews 12:29 – ‘God is a burning fire’ (Deuteronomy 4:24).

CHRISTIAN LIVING; WARNINGS AGAINST STRANGE TEACHINGS; SHARING CHRIST’S DISGRACE

Hebrews 13:5 – ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you’ (Deuteronomy 31:6; Joshua 1:5). 

Hebrews 13:6b – ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?’ (Psalm 118:6) 

Book 20- JAMES LETTER TO JEWISH CHRISTIANS

Book 21 – PETER’S FIRST LETTER TO ASIA MINOR

LIVE HOLY LIVES ACCORDINGLY

1 Peter 1:16b – ‘Be holy, for I am holy’ (Leviticus 11:44,45; 19:2; 20:7).

LOVE EACH OTHER BECAUSE YOU ARE SONS OF GOD; DO AWAY WITH ALL EVIL

1 Peter 1:24-25a – ‘All flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, and its flower falls away, but the word of the Lord endures for ever’ (Isaiah 40:6-8).

YOU HAVE BEEN CHOSEN BY GOD AS A ROYAL PRIESTHOOD TO BECOME THE CHURCH OF CHRIST

1 Peter 2:6b – ‘Behold, I lay in Zion a chief cornerstone, elect, precious, and he who believes on him will by no means be put to shame’ (Isaiah 28:16).

1 Peter 2:7b – ‘The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone’ (Psalm 118:22).

1 Peter 2:8a – ‘a stone of stumbling and a rock of offence’ (Isaiah 8:14).

Book 22 –PETER’S SECOND LETTER TO AN UNKNOWN CHURCH

BECAUSE SUCH MEN WERE ONCE CHRISTIANS, THEY ARE WORSE OFF THAN THEY WERE BEFORE

2 Peter 2:20b – ‘a dog returns to his own vomit’ (Proverbs 26:11)

Book 23 – JOHN’S FIRST LETTER TO THE CHURCHES AROUND EPHESUS

Book 24 – JOHN’S SECOND LETTER

Book 25 – JOHN’S SECOND LETTER

Book 26 – JUDE’S LETTER, TO AN UNKNOWN CHURCH

Book 27 – BOOK OF REVELATION 
(including the more direct use of Old Testament language)

JOHN DESCRIBES THE AWESOME APPEARANCE OF JESUS CHRIST

Revelation 1:13b-16 – …. ‘like a Son of Man’ (Daniel 7:13). He (Christ, now described in essentially Old Testament priestly terms) was dressed in a long robe with a golden girdle around his breast; his head and his hair were white as snow-white wool, his eyes blazed like fire, and his feet shone as the finest bronze glows in the furnace. His voice had the sound of a great waterfall, and I saw that in his right hand he held seven stars. A sharp two-edged sword came out of his mouth, and his face was ablaze like the sun at its height.

TO THE CHURCH IN THYATIRA – HARD-WORKING, BUT SOME REMAIN PAGANS

Revelation 2:28b – ‘He shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the potter’s vessels shall be broken to pieces’ (Psalm 2:9).

TO THE CHURCH IN PHILADELPHIA – WEAK IN POWER, BUT LOYAL

Revelation 3:7b – ‘He who has the key of David. He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens’ (Isaiah 22:22).

THE FOUR LIVING CREATURES, WHO WITH THE 24 ELDERS WORSHIP GOD ETERNALLY

Revelation 4:6b-8 – On each side, encircling the throne, are four living creatures covered with eyes in front and behind. …

– The four living creatures are similar in appearance to the Cherubim (heavenly angels) of Ezekiel 1 and 10, and the Seraphim (heavenly beings or attendants) of Isaiah 6 in the Old Testament –

… The first living creature is like a lion, the second is like a calf, the third has a face like a man, and the fourth living creature appears like an eagle in flight. These four creatures have each of them six wings and are covered with eyes, all around them, and even within them. Day and night they never cease to say, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God, the Almighty, who was and who is and who is coming.”

GOD’S SERVANTS FROM THE TWELVE TRIBES OF ISRAEL ARE MARKED FOR PROTECTION

Revelation 7:4-8 – I heard the number of those who were thus sealed and it was 144,000 (or 12 x 12 x 1,000 – a symbolic number based on the square of twelve representing completeness or a great multitude of people), from every (one of the twelve Jewish) tribe(s) of the sons of Israel. Twelve thousand were sealed from the tribe of Judah; twelve thousand from the tribe of Reuben; twelve thousand from the tribe of Gad; twelve thousand from the tribe of Asher; twelve thousand from the tribe of Naphtali; twelve thousand from the tribe of Manasseh; twelve thousand from the tribe of Simeon; twelve thousand from the tribe of Levi; twelve thousand from the tribe of Issachar; twelve thousand from the tribe of Zebulun; twelve thousand from the tribe of Joseph; and twelve thousand from the tribe of Benjamin.

THE POWER OF THE TWO WITNESSES UNTIL THEIR TESTIMONY IS FINISHED

Revelation 11:3-6 – “And I will give authority to my two witnesses (… the minimum legal requirement in Jewish law. There are various theories about their identity, but they bear some resemblance to Elijah and Moses who appeared with Jesus at his Transfiguration …) to proclaim the message, clothed in sackcloth for twelve hundred and sixty days (“time, times and half a time”).” These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands (related to the message of Zechariah 4) which stand before the Lord of the earth. If anyone tries to harm them, fire issues from their mouths and consumes their enemies. Indeed, if anyone should try to hurt them, this is the way in which he will certainly meet his death. These(two) witnesses have power to shut up the sky and stop any rain from falling (as Elijah did, 1 Kings 17:1) during the time of their preaching. Moreover, they have power to turn the waters into blood, and to strike the earth with any plague as often as they wish (as Moses did with the plagues of Egypt, Exodus chapters 7-12).

A HEAVENLY WAR WITH THE DRAGON – SATAN, WHO IS THROWN TO EARTH

Revelation 12:7 – The war broke out in Heaven. Michael (one of the seven archangels of Judaism; the Protector, Defender, or guardian angel of Israel, Daniel 10:13,21; 12:1) and his angels battled with the dragon

THE BEAST IS GIVEN THE DRAGON’S THRONE AND POWER

Revelation 13:1-2a – Then, as I stood on the sand of the sea-shore, there rose out of the sea before my eyes an animal (the Beast from the Sea) with seven heads and ten horns.There were diadems upon its horns and blasphemous names upon its heads. The animal which I saw had the appearance of a leopard, though it had the feet of a bear and a mouth like the mouth of a lion (… the description derives from Daniel 7:1-7).

THE SECOND ANGEL ANNOUNCES THE FALL OF WICKED BABYLON

Revelation 14:8 – Then another, a second angel, followed him crying, “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great! She who made all nations drink the wine of her passionate unfaithfulness (or adultery – idolatry in Old Testament terms)!”

THE “SON OF MAN” SEATED ON A CLOUD, HOLDING A SICKLE

Revelation 14:14b – ‘the Son of Man’ (Daniel 7:13).

SEVEN ANGELS LEAVE THE TEMPLE WITH THE PLAGUES; THEY RECEIVE THE BOWLS OF GOD’S WRATH

Revelation 16:1 – Then I heard a loud voice from the Temple saying to the seven angels, “Go and pour out upon the earth the seven bowls of the wrath of God!”

– Now the Beast has appeared (Revelation 13), the Seven Bowls of wrath, unlike the the judgments of the Seven Seals and Seven Trumpets, are poured out on him and his followers, and with a far greater intensity and completeness. Some of the plagues are like those visited on Egypt by Moses before the Exodus:

THE FIRST ANGEL ON THE LAND – SORES BREAK OUT ON THE WORSHIPPERS OF THE BEAST

Revelation 16:2 – The first angel went off and emptied his bowl upon the earth. Whereupon loathsome and malignant ulcers (similar to those of Exodus 9:8-12) attacked all those who bore the mark (“666”) of the animal and worshipped its statue.

THE THIRD ANGEL ON THE FRESH WATERS – HE SPEAKS OF GOD’S JUDGMENT

Revelation 16:4 – Then the third angel emptied his bowl into the rivers and springs of water, and they turned into blood (similar to Exodus 7:17-21).

THREE SPIRITS GATHER THE KINGS OF THE EARTH FOR THE BATTLE OF ARMAGEDDON

Revelation 16:13-16 – And then I noticed three foul spirits, looking like frogs (mythological miracle-working demons or agents of Satan; also related to the plague of frogs in Exodus 8:2-6) emerging from the mouths of the dragon, the animal and the false prophet. …

… They are diabolical spirits performing wonders and they set out to muster all the kings of the world for battle on the great day of God, the Almighty (drawing together all the nations and forces of evil to resist God’s judgment).

So they brought them together to the place called, in Hebrew, Armageddon (Har-Magedon, the “Mount” or “Mountain of Megiddo”, an ancient city on the coastal road through Israel from Egypt to the North, the scene of many battles in Old Testament times and later, including 1918. It is used as a symbol of all battles and the final battle).

THE SEVENTH ANGEL INTO THE AIR – NATURAL CATASTROPHES STRIKE MEN AND CITIES, ESPECIALLY BABYLON

Revelation 16:18-21 – Then followed flashes of lightning, noises and peals of thunder. There was a terrific earthquake, the like of which no man has ever seen since mankind began to live upon the earth – so great and tremendous was this earthquake. The great city was split into three parts, and the cities of all the nations fell in ruins. And God called to mind Babylon the great and made her drink the cup of the wine of his furious wrath. Every island fled and the mountains vanished. Great hailstones (as in Exodus 9:18-26) like heavy weights fell from the sky and men blasphemed God for the curse of the hail, for it fell upon them with savage and fearful blows.

THE FALL OF BABYLON 

– Babylon, the ancient city on the River Euphrates, had become an emblem of a godless culture at the heights (or depths) of its powers, and was often pictured as a prostitute dominating her clients. By New Testament times, Rome and the Roman Empire with its corruption, emperor worship, torture and persecution had become equated with the Babylon of old:

AN ANGEL ANNOUNCES THE PUNISHMENT OF THE GREAT WORLD PROSTITUTE, BABYLON

Revelation 17:1-2 – Then came one of the seven angels who held the seven bowls, and said to me, “Come, and I will show you the judgment passed upon the great harlot who is seated upon many waters. It is with her that the kings of the earth have debauched themselves and the inhabitants of the earth have become drunk on the wine of her filthiness (Old Testament imagery for accepting the overlordship of “Babylon”, the worship of Rome and its paganism).”

THE RIDER, CHRIST, ON THE WHITE HORSE, AND HIS ARMIES

Revelation 19:15b – ‘He will rule them with a rod of iron’ (Psalm 2:9),

SATAN IS RELEASED; THE FINAL BATTLE; HIS DESTRUCTION

Revelation 20:7-9 – Then, when the thousand years are over, Satan will be released from his prison, and will set out to deceive the nations in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog ( … representing all who oppose God in the last great battle by Satan at the end of time, Ezekiel 38), and to lead them into battle. They will be as numerous as the sand of the seashore.

THE GARDEN OF EDEN RESTORED

Revelation 22:1-2 – Then he (the angel) showed me the river (suggesting the river of the Garden of Eden, Genesis 2:10) of the water of life, sparkling like crystal as it flowed from the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the middle of the street of the city and on either bank of the river grew the tree of life (no longer denied to mankind as it was so long before to Adam in Genesis 3:22-24), bearing twelve fruits, a different kind for each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

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