Author: Michael Mann

Bible Numerology – An Introduction
By: Date: March 12, 2021 Categories: Uncategorized

Christians don’t practice numerology for divination, but numbers in the Bible do have consistent meanings, and there are number types in Torah that add an additional layer of understanding to scripture. Certain numbers just come up more in the Bible. Let’s find out why.  In addition to forming the building blocks of words, Hebrew letters…

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Seven Prophetesses of the OT
By: Date: January 17, 2021 Categories: Uncategorized

§ The verse states: “And the king removed his ring from his hand” (Esther 3:10). Rabbi Abba bar Kahana said: The removal of Ahasuerus’s ring for the sealing of Haman’s decree was more effective than the forty-eight prophets and the seven prophetesses who prophesied on behalf of the Jewish people. As, they were all unable…

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The Fourth Horse
By: Date: November 21, 2020 Categories: Uncategorized

When He opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, “Come and see.” So I looked, and behold, a pale [Gr. chloros] horse. And the name of him who sat on it was Death, and Hades followed with him. And power was given to them over a fourth of…

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The Black Horse
By: Date: November 8, 2020 Categories: Uncategorized

When He opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come and see.” So I looked, and behold, a black horse, and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand. And I heard a voice in the midst of the four living creatures saying, “A quart of…

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The Red Horse
By: Date: October 31, 2020 Categories: Uncategorized

This article is the continuation of a series on the Horses of the Apocalypse. For the full development of thought leading to these suggestions, please refer back to the introductory articles beginning with https://michaelmannauthor.com/discerning-the-times. When He opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, “Come and see.” Another horse, fiery red, went…

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The White Horse
By: Date: October 3, 2020 Categories: Uncategorized

1 I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals. Then I heard one of the four living creatures saying, with voice like thunder, “Come and see.” 2 And I looked, and there before me was a white horse. He who sat on it had a bow. And a crown was given to him, and…

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Four Horses in Zechariah
By: Date: September 8, 2020 Categories: Uncategorized

In Bible Typology, the horse (sometimes cavalry) is associated with war. The great armies of the Old Testament were made up of giants (when available), nobles riding on chariots pulled by horses, knights riding upon horses, and general infantry that had to soldier along on foot. In Zechariah Chapter 1 the prophet saw four horses,…

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Four in the Old and New Testaments
By: Date: September 5, 2020 Categories: Uncategorized

Four is one of the prominent numbers in the Bible, perhaps only less important than the number seven. The first instance is Day Four of creation week, in which the Lord made the lights in the firmament of heaven, and appointed the sun and moon as rulers of Day and Night. The dimension of time…

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Rules of Interpretation
By: Date: September 1, 2020 Categories: Uncategorized

Before we ride further into this series on the Four Horses of the Apocalypse, I’d like to reign in for a moment to review a subject I have written on before. For a review of my posts on rules of interpretation in Bible typology, please visit: https://michaelmannauthor.com/whoever-has-what.  There are numerous sources for “rules” of interpretation…

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The Scroll With Seven Seals
By: Date: August 11, 2020 Categories: Uncategorized

And I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a scroll written inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals Rev. 5:1, NKJV The Book of Revelation devotes several chapters to this scroll and the opening of its seals by a Lamb with its throat cut that has seven…

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Discerning The Times
By: Date: August 8, 2020 Categories: Uncategorized

Every prophesy has a life before it is fulfilled, a life while it is being fulfilled, and a life after it has been fulfilled. Our reactions to each part in the life of a word of prophesy is different. At the time John wrote the Book of Revelation, everything in it was still future, but…

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Name List from Luke 3
By: Date: February 21, 2020 Categories: Uncategorized

Each time I translate a new name list from the Bible I am amazed at what I find there. This time I took the genealogy of Jesus from Luke 3:23-38. There are two things to keep in mind from this list for anyone new to Bible genealogies. First, this is a listing of Hebrew names…

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The Lord of Paradoxes
By: Date: November 6, 2019 Categories: Uncategorized

My church has weekly pot-luck dinners before midweek Bible study. I sat between two mature men – both lifetime Bible scholars – and listened to them discuss the relative effects of God’s grace, against his righteous judgement of sin. One man was so thoroughly convinced of the infinite power of the cross that he said…

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Who is Your Church?
By: Date: September 30, 2019 Categories: Uncategorized

 Jesus had two separate ministries. One was to Israel, and the other was to the Twelve, whom he knew would carry on his work after he departed.  Let’s take a closer look at the difference between his public ministry, and his private one:  6 “I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of…

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Apostle Name Lists
By: Date: September 24, 2019 Categories: Uncategorized

The prototype “Twelve Tribes” of Israel were not always listed in the same order, and certain names are included or excluded in each list because there were really fourteen patriarchs from Israel when we add Ephraim and Manasseh. Thirteen became tribes where Joseph is excluded, but the twelve sections of land left out Levi –…

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Iconography of the Apostles
By: Date: September 24, 2019 Categories: Uncategorized

Iconography, or the use of pictorial symbols for saints that gave it all up for Jesus, was a means of preserving their deeds in memory, so that as we read their words we also feel the impact of their commitment. Consider the importance of Jesus in two separate ways – his words, and deeds. Which…

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Table of Nations: Shem
By: Date: September 13, 2019 Categories: Uncategorized

This is the last in a series on Genesis 10, sometimes called the Table of Nations. Some of the better commentary on it suggests the best way to understand the seventy “nations” is to take them as regions, and not as people groups. I agree that the regional view simplifies references to state actors by…

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Table of Nations: Ham
By: Date: September 10, 2019 Categories: Uncategorized

Posted on September 8, 2019 by Michael Mann Posted in Uncategorized — No Comments ↓ In the last two posts we introduced the name lists of Genesis 10 as the Table of Nations from Noah, and reviewed the descendants of Japheth, the elder brother. Now let us turn our attention to Ham, the youngest brother.  In Genesis 9 there was…

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Table of Nations: Japheth
By: Date: August 28, 2019 Categories: Uncategorized

The Table of Nations: Japheth In the last post, we looked at typology in the number of listed nations and three main divisions of the descendents of Noah from Genesis 10. Let’s take a closer look now at Japheth, the elder brother – where his seven sons and seven grandsons eventually migrated, and the meaning…

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The Table of Nations, Part One
By: Date: August 26, 2019 Categories: Uncategorized

Genesis 10 gives us a long listing of names that is often called the Table of Nations, the seventy (or so) descendants of Noah that became distinct people groups after the flood. With the help of genetic science, it is possible to track their movements over time to see where they began, and where they…

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Precedence in Scripture
By: Date: August 3, 2019 Categories: Uncategorized

In many of our churches we have statements of belief posted on web pages to give ourselves and interested visitors a clear picture of what that body accepts as authoritative teaching. Here’s an example: We believe that the Scriptures, consisting of the Old and New Testaments, are divinely inspired and without error in their original…

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Nothing New Under the Sun
By: Date: July 12, 2019 Categories: Uncategorized

That which has been is what will be, That which is done is what will be done, And there is nothing new under the sun. Is there anything of which it may be said, “See, this is new”? It has already been in ancient times before us. There is no remembrance of former things, Nor…

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The Meaning of the Stars
By: Date: July 5, 2019 Categories: Uncategorized

“Astrology” is forbidden both to Jews under the law, and to Christians, because in antiquity it led to worship of the planets and stars as gods, and in our day it has become a method of divining the future without consulting God. We must make a difference in this area of study between a desire…

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The Sun, Moon, and Stars in Typology
By: Date: July 1, 2019 Categories: Uncategorized

The sun, moon, and stars are related to earlier conversations on light and darkness, and Creation Week Day Four, but I’d like to revisit this subject because of the prominence these figures have in prophesy.  They were created on Day Four, after the dry land appeared and was adorned with grass and trees (Genesis 1:9-19)….

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Angels in the Bible
By: Date: June 17, 2019 Categories: Uncategorized

Angels in the Bible There, I said it. There are angels in the Bible. The Roman, Orthodox, and Episcopal churches still celebrate them, but denominational Protestantism and the Evangelical churches generally do not. Most arguments about them arise from things that the Bible writers quoted, that are not in the Bible. Let me be clear:…

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The Law of Decay
By: Date: June 4, 2019 Categories: Uncategorized

It was a complete disconnect. My first undergraduate class of the day was Physics, where I learned the laws of thermodynamics: First Law: Energy cannot be created or destroyed in an isolated system, so you can never get ahead.  Second Law: Entropy – or disorder – always increases, so you can’t even break even. Third…

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On Selling One’s Soul, Part Three
By: Date: May 5, 2019 Categories: Uncategorized

I believe I have met many individuals whose bodies were healthy, and whose spirits were vital, but whose souls were lost. They are dead in eternity but still walk upon the earth, as Cain did after he chose the way of darkness. Some don’t know they are lost, while others do know, but believe they…

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On Selling One’s Soul, Part Two
By: Date: May 5, 2019 Categories: Uncategorized

In the previous conversation, we looked at what the soul is and how a person may lose it, but that wasn’t the intended subject when taken in context.  Here is the context: 21 From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the…

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On Selling One’s Soul, Part One
By: Date: May 5, 2019 Categories: Uncategorized

There are numerous fictional stories about individuals who sold their souls in exchange for something they lusted after. A couple of the better known stories include Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Grey, in which the protagonist remains youthful while only his portrait ages, and Faustus, in which Faust makes a deal with the devil…

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The Corridor of Many Doors
By: Date: April 23, 2019 Categories: Uncategorized

Many people have a version of this dream: You find yourself in a long corridor with many doors to the right and left. As you walk along, some of the doors have signs on them telling what you may find within, but you cannot decide which one to open. At long last you come to…

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Crossing Over
By: Date: March 10, 2019 Categories: Uncategorized

“So when the people broke camp to cross the Jordan, the priests carrying the ark of the covenant went ahead of them. Now the Jordan is at flood stage all during harvest. Yet as soon as the priests who carried the ark reached the Jordan and their feet touched the water’s edge, the water from…

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Grace and the Wedding Vow, Part Two
By: Date: January 6, 2019 Categories: Uncategorized

The oldest segments of the Christian Church, the Eastern Orthodox and related branches, do not have marriage vows in their traditional wedding ceremonies. This was a surprise to me, and speaks volumes about how marriage should be understood by the Church in an age of grace. There is law, and there is grace. Vows belong…

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Grace and the Wedding Vow
By: Date: January 5, 2019 Categories: Uncategorized

One of the tensions we experience in the exchanging of any kind of vow is that they belong under law, whereas we have been given a dispensation of grace. As it relates to marriage, grace is a subset of love. Law begins where love fails, so that as long as love is active, it is…

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Why Take Communion?
By: Date: November 6, 2018 Categories: Uncategorized

Why Take Communion? It seems like a ridiculous question – or it would have when I was a child in the 1960’s, but today the celebration of our Lord’s Supper is taking a back seat to other forms of worship in a large part of the Body of Christ. I love to visit Christian churches…

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When is a Person a Door? Part 3
By: Date: October 29, 2018 Categories: Uncategorized

Jesus called himself the door or gate of the sheepfold. In the last two posts we considered two individuals who became like a door from the OT.  Lot was the first name with the Hebrew word for door or gate in the same sentence. He became a closed door to the men of Sodom when…

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Ruth’s Door – Part Two
By: Date: September 30, 2018 Categories: Uncategorized

In Part One we considered Jesus’ statement that he is the door or gate of the sheepfold. Following the law of first mention, we saw the first occurrence of the word for door or gate associated with Lot. He became a closed door between the Sodomites and his heavenly visitors, and we noticed that he…

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When is a Person a Door? Part One
By: Date: September 29, 2018 Categories: Uncategorized

  I’d like to think about individuals in the Bible that became a gate or a door for someone else. Jesus says,  “Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them. I am the…

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The Bread of Haste
By: Date: September 12, 2018 Categories: Uncategorized

So Abraham hurried into the tent to Sarah and said, “Quickly, make ready three measures of fine meal; knead it and make cakes.” And Abraham ran to the herd, took a tender and good calf, gave it to a young man, and he hastened to prepare it. So he took butter and milk and the…

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Creation Week, Part 2
By: Date: August 29, 2018 Categories: Uncategorized

In the last post we looked at the basic pattern laid out in creation week. Now we will take a closer look at the contents of each day. There are mysteries to reveal about creation that will blow your mind, but for now let us lay the groundwork with what the Bible expressly says. I…

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Creation Week, Part 1
By: Date: August 25, 2018 Categories: Uncategorized

Patterns in the week of creation form the basis for understanding life in the created world, and help us a great deal in understanding the meaning of weeks and sevens in prophesy. The closer we look, the more correspondences we find. This isn’t the place for an exhaustive study on the subject, but let’s take…

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“Whoever Has” What?
By: Date: July 14, 2018 Categories: Uncategorized

This is a review article that summarizes many earlier posts. My purpose in writing is to make the types and symbols used in the Bible more understandable to modern readers, many of whom are unfamiliar with the Bible’s own stated rules for interpretation. Typology study deepens our understanding of the Bible because types carry additional…

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The Permanence of Words
By: Date: July 3, 2018 Categories: Uncategorized

I grew up in a home that was filled with printed words. I had a shared library of books for children with my siblings, a personal library of books and magazines I was given or bought with my own earnings, and a family library of books my father owned that filled a large wall in…

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Darkness and Magic
By: Date: June 29, 2018 Categories: Uncategorized

The correct name for this lesson is Light and Darkness, but if I had written that you would probably not bother to read it. Anytime someone begins to tell the secrets of the dark, people will stand in line for hours to get a seat. Sometimes the most profound things are also simple enough for…

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Why is Fat So Special to God?
By: Date: May 30, 2018 Categories: Uncategorized

Leviticus in Hebrew is the book named “And He Called.” This interests me because the Ekklesia – the New Testament name for the Church, means “The Called.” Let that sink in just a little more. Leviticus is the only book God ever wrote on the topic of how he is to be worshipped. It is…

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The Fruit of Solomon’s Garden, Part Two 
By: Date: May 3, 2018 Categories: Uncategorized

Solomon names nine fruits in his garden: pomegranates, henna, nard, saffron, calamus, cinnamon, incense, myrrh, and aloes (Song 4:13–14). This is interesting because Paul lists exactly nine fruits of the Holy Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22–23). There are many more than nine plants in a king’s garden,…

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Fruits of Solomon’s Garden, Part One
By: Date: April 28, 2018 Categories: Uncategorized

In the last post we saw Solomon as a type of Jesus in the Kingdom Age, come to take his espoused bride from Lebanon to his palace in Jerusalem – where it turns out he has a private garden. His beloved thought she was courting a lowly shepherd, but discovers that he was really the…

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Prophesy in Solomon’s Song, Part Two
By: Date: April 18, 2018 Categories: Uncategorized

In Part One, we looked at the mystery of the first two characters in Solomon’s Song. I identified the “beloved” maid of Lebanon as a type of Mary Magdalene and of all believers. At the time the Song was written, Lebanon was inside the Kingdom of Israel, thus she resembles Gentile subjects of the Jewish…

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Prophesy in Solomon’s Song, Part One
By: Date: April 7, 2018 Categories: Uncategorized

    When Solomon became king, he asked the Lord for wisdom and knowledge to judge Israel. The Lord answered him that night, saying, 11b Because this was in thine heart, and thou hast not asked riches, wealth, or honor, nor the life of thine enemies, neither yet hast asked long life; but hast asked…

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Infinity within the Finite
By: Date: March 30, 2018 Categories: Uncategorized

The Bible is not like other books, because the Author distilled infinity into the finite writing. Most of it points directly to Jesus, but some of it touches on the destiny of the world and Israel, or on the “third rail” of scripture – the Bride. When details in the text line-up prophetically, it isn’t…

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Name Lists, Part Two
By: Date: March 22, 2018 Categories: Uncategorized

Name Lists, Part Two In Name Lists, Part One, we looked at how names are used in the Bible to convey meaning about the person that has the name. We also noted that lists of names sometimes contain prophesy when we translate their meaning.  Let’s take a look at another name list, the sons of…

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Name Lists, Part One
By: Date: March 14, 2018 Categories: Uncategorized

The title of this article is intended to lull you to sleep so that I can detonate a bomb in your spirit-man later. The effect is greater when we don’t expect to find anything worth our time in the “badlands” of the Bible, like the lists of names.  Sure, everyone knows about the Bible’s “begats,”…

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My Prophet Friend Gary, Part Three
By: Date: February 26, 2018 Categories: Uncategorized

In Part Two, I told about the power that accompanies my friend, Gary Ring, when he shares the good news, and the impact it has on people you would never expect to come to Jesus. He said, “Even when someone is anointed by God, he or she still needs a teacher.” Gary’s teacher was Opal Pooler,…

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My Prophet Friend Gary, Part Two
By: Date: February 22, 2018 Categories: Uncategorized

In Part One, I introduced my longtime friend, Gary Ring, as Spokane’s “grease prophet” because he was a truck mechanic. He walked around in the dirty shorts and T-shirt that mechanics wear under their overalls, often smeared with grease. He is retired now, but still dresses the same way. It does not matter if he’s…

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My Prophet Friend Gary, Part One
By: Date: February 21, 2018 Categories: Uncategorized

The following series is a reprint of three short pieces I submitted for publication in a Spokane Christian paper in 2015. The paper’s editor sent me a polite letter afterward, saying that he would not be able to publish them. Gary knew the editor’s father, the man who started the paper, now gone to be…

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Sevens in the Bible
By: Date: July 11, 2017 Categories: Uncategorized

In Hebrew, all the letters have a numerical value, and adding the values of letters gives words a numerical value. For example, chai (life) is the number 18. Jews give gifts to charities in denominations of 18 to represent giving life. It should not surprise us, then, that numbers in the Bible have significance, and what…

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Spiritual Anatomy
By: Date: June 3, 2017 Categories: Uncategorized

“Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is one Lord. You shall love the Lord your God from your whole heart, from your whole soul, and from your whole power.” Deut. 6:4-5, OSB (LXX) I think the Bible reveals mankind with a three-part spiritual anatomy made in the image of the Trinity that is one…

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Going Beyond Knowledge
By: Date: May 27, 2017 Categories: Uncategorized

My teacher Gary often talks about entering into the glory of God, either alone in prayer, or together with others in worship. When this happens, we stop talking and thinking about God so that we can experience him in ways that defy knowledge.  The spirit enters into his presence, but our flesh (and corrupted minds)…

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Natural First, Spiritual Last
By: Date: May 12, 2017 Categories: Uncategorized

In the previous post we explored a rule for interpretation of types and figures in the Bible. Now let’s look at another. In 1 Cor. 15:44-46 Paul writes: There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. And so it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being.” The last Adam…

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The Law of First Mention
By: Date: May 10, 2017 Categories: Uncategorized

The first thing to know about types is that Jesus and many of the Bible writers used them, and when they did, they followed certain rules. Israel ordered the holy books by importance, starting with Torah (Genesis to Numbers), then the historical books, then the greater prophets, the lesser prophets, and finally “the writings.” According…

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What is Typology?
By: Date: May 6, 2017 Categories: Uncategorized

Typology (the study of pattern, or types) is a way to enrich Bible study by appreciating the forest as a whole for a moment before focusing on individual trees, or their leaves. It takes our eye off the microscope, looking across all 66 books at once to appreciate the power and grandeur of the vista…

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The Folded Napkin
By: Date: April 17, 2017 Categories: Uncategorized

Sandra and I enjoyed the sunrise Easter service at a small church in our neighborhood in Nashville, TN today. I got a text message a little later on from my co-worker Evan, who was celebrating Easter with his parents. It contained a little-known custom that explains a seemingly non-trivial detail in John’s eyewitness account of the resurrection:…

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New Webpage
By: Date: April 14, 2017 Categories: Uncategorized

I received the unwanted news this week that my publisher, Tate Publishing, is “in transition” and will no longer be in business. I’ve been with Tate since 2009 and had little bad to say about the services they provided me as a first-time author. Fortunately, my wife Sandra knew what to do. She spent the…

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