Prophetic Witness Magazines

Prophetic Witness - March 2013

Prophetic Witness - March 2013Easter Meditation

by Jon Ikin

How many times have you or I ever been confused with the Lord Jesus Christ? Not as many times as we would like, that's for sure! Yet when the Lord Jesus asked His disciples who men thought He was, they said, "... Jeremiah or one of the prophets." (Matt. 16: 14). That spoke well of Jeremiah, didn't it? The people evidently saw things in the Lord Jesus that reminded them of him. In this short article we are going to examine some of the amazing parallels between the Lord Jesus and this great Old Testament prophet, so that we can also appreciate just how much this man was a foreshadow of our Saviour.

First of all, Jeremiah was evidently a man chosen by God for his ministry. In Jer.1:4-5 we read, "Then the LORD came to me, saying: 'Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations. "' Here we see the Lord revealing something of His eternal plan to Jeremiah, which included setting him apart to be His inspired spokesman to Israel and even the Gentile nations (Jer.25)! He was a man chosen by God. 'Appointed and anointed,' as we might say.

 

Prophetic Witness - February 2013

Prophetic Witness - February 2013The Sanhedrin Returns
for the Last Days

Pastor Jon Ikin

When Moses appointed the seventy elders to help share his workload in the wilderness he probably had no idea that he was starting an institution that would still be in existence thousands of years later. Yet that is arguably when the Sanhedrin began, and it continued until the year AD 453, when it met for the last time in the town of Tiberias, on the shores of Galilee. This group of highly influential scholars has an almost continual line back to the great lawgiver himself, bar only the years of exile in Babylon. When Ezra returned with the second wave of pilgrims he reinstituted these men who later became known as the Sanhedrin by the time of Christ.

 

Prophetic Witness - January 2013

Prophetic Witness - January 2013And Now For The Good News!

New Leaf or New Life?

by Glyn L. Taylor (Editor)
 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

A greeting you will have both given and received in recent days. But is it? happy or new? Despite all the new year resolutions that have been made, to stop the bad and start the better, one has to admit that though the calendar has changed, we haven't!

We still struggle with the same addictions and habits; we still carry the same burdens and cares; we still battle against the same doubts and fears; we still face the same mountainous problems; we still live under the stresses and pressures; we are still overwhelmed with the same anxieties. So what's new?

The fact of the matter is that everyone of us need a NEW LIFE not just the turning over of a NEW LEAF.

 

Prophetic Witness - November 2012

Prophetic Witness - November 2012Watch Unto Prayer

by Norman Clay

Pray For The Preservation Of Believers

The Apostle Paul writes to fellow believers in Christ out of concern for their spiritual well being. He had been forced to leave the city with indecent haste, sending back Timothy to determine how the fledgling church was fairing. Having comforted them, he returned to Paul with a good report. Subsequently, Paul writes dealing with the following matters:

  • Coping with trial and persecution

  • Maintaining integrity in a wicked and licentious environment.

  • Rectified their understanding of the Resurrection and the Second Coming of Christ.

We shall look at these items from our time viewpoint, noting that the features apply equally today as then.

 

Prophetic Witness - October 2012

Prophetic Witness - October 2012The Parables of the
Kingdom of Heaven

by Martin Oliver

This is the first of seven brief articles on the parables that Jesus told to the crowds by the lakeside as He sat in a boat. Quotations are from the King James Authorised Version of the Bible unless otherwise indicated. A parable (Gr. Parabole means 'a comparison'), is a picture with a secret hidden meaning. These parables are therefore a comparison of every day truths with spiritual truths. Jesus' parables were often taken from every day life in Palestine. (See Matthew 13: 1 0-13 and 34-35, also Psalm 78:2). The 'kingdom of heaven' is understood to mean the period between the first and second advents of Christ. This will be the time between His coming to live and die for believers and His coming in Glory with His church to reign on the earth for a thousand years and to judge the Gentile nations. These parables describe important features of what the world will be like during this period. They are 'things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world' (See Verse 35). Four parables Jesus told by the lakeside and three He told in the house.

There is much prophetic teaching in these parables, as we shall see. We are privileged to be able to understand them with the help of the Holy Spirit. As Jesus said to His disciples, 'Blessed are your eyes, because they see and your ears, because they hear' (See Verse 16). In these parables we can see the work of God and the Holy Spirit, the work of the Devil, the effect of sin and the sinner, the life of the believer in Christ, the role of Israel and the Church. These parables of Jesus are the most comprehensive picture of God's purposes in Christ in the New Testament. But they are not always easy to understand and some may hold different views to those expressed in these articles.

 

Prophetic Witness - August 2012

Prophetic Witness - August 2012Running with Patience

by Rev Glyn Taylor

"Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith" Hebrews 12 v 1-2.

 

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