As we enter this new year many will be wondering fearfully what it might hold. Newspapers are increasingly peppered with stories of violence, perversion, and technological misuse. Nuclear weapons, once only in the hands of super-powers, are now available to rogue states. [Read more…]
It was in 1948, the year in which I came to know the Lord as my Saviour that I remember it particularly. I was just 17 years of age at the time, and I was walking down Hendon Lane, near Finchley Central, North London, towards Waverley Grove where my Uncle Wilfred lived. [Read more…]
With whom shall I dwell, says the Lord? With whom shall I share all my glory?
Where is the Maiden of my delight, for whom I have written this story? [Read more…]
“How many times shall I forgive my brother? Seven times, perhaps?” asked Peter of the Lord.
“Not so. I ask that you will forgive him unto seventy times seven”, came the unexpected answer.
I wonder what went through Peter’s mind as he heard of such extravagance. [Read more…]
Isaiah wrote of His coming, saying He would be called Emmanuel, “God with us”. Paul spoke about the mechanics of His coming, saying that He “emptied Himself of His Divinity and became a human, even a servant.” When He came few recognised Him for what He truly was, The Son of God. [Read more…]
Jesus said, “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matt.5:3) But in Luke 6:20 we read
“Blessed are you poor: for yours is the kingdom of God.” Our Lord was therefore referring to two distinct realms. In both cases He was referring to those who are His people, whether Israel or the Church. [Read more…]
“How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning!” (Isaiah 14:12)
The Hebrew reads HELEL BEN SHACHAR. It is easy to spot that HELEL is part of HELEL-UJAH, meaning “Praise the Lord.” Therefore this being would best be thought of as “Praiser”, or “Praise-Master”, or using today’s nomenclature, “Worship Leader”. [Read more…]
As far as I can tell, I am the only expositor to translate HELEL in Isaiah 14:12 as “Praise master” or “Worship leader”, so I shall have to give my reason for so doing with greater clarity than in WP7. [Read more…]
Some of my valued correspondents have raised queries with me over WP8, Lucifer, and although I shall be answering them personally, I am currently in the middle of a series, where some of their queries may possibly be cleared up today. [Read more…]
Using the model I spoke of earlier for Helel being the former “Worship leader” in the heavens, it will be profitable to investigate a little further. Helel, we are told, “fell from heaven.” [Read more…]