What do the strange references to donkeys, goats, bread, wine and musical instruments have to do with the anointing of Saul as ruler? What do these symbols have to do with the Messiah? Continue reading 1st Samuel 10 — What does Samuel do with Saul?
There seems to be a messianic prophecy underlying the strange account of Saul going to search for donkeys. It may help explain why Yeshua the Messiah has two roles in His first coming and second coming. Continue reading 1st Samuel 9 — Saul the prince vs. David the king
Samson is often depicted as a hedonistic yet blessed mealy-minded muscleman, but the Bible puts him forward as a ruler of Israel. Actually, he was a prophet too, as seen in his riddle to the Philistines in this chapter.
Richard Agee discusses one of the most precious promises of the Torah, found in Deuteronomy 18. A prophet like Moses — Messiah — would come and reveal God in a more intimate way. However, we must not seek divine knowledge by other means — divination. Continue reading Deuteronomy 18 — Revealing the Creator via a prophet like Moshe
Feast of Tabernacles — Day 6
The accounts in the Bible about the births of Yochanan the Immerser and Messiah Yeshua (Jesus) seem to point to their being born around the times of the Biblical festivals of Passover and Tabernacles, and for very good reason based on their missions.
Point is, the Bible teaches clearly that Yeshua wasn’t born on Dec. 25, as Daniel Agee explains in this discussion. Continue reading Sukkot: The Timing of the Birth of Messiah
One of the most mysterious passages regarding the sacrifices involved with the sanctuary and temple of Israel is the red heifer. In fact, this teaching in Numbers 19 is intimately connected with the mission of Messiah Yeshua (Jesus). Continue reading Numbers 19 — The red heifer
It was a shocking event when a sizable delegation of scholars from the empire of Parthia, a competitor with Rome, visited the land of Israel looking for a recently born “King of Yehudah.” It turns out that this was the legacy of the prophet Daniel. Another prophet foretold “Rachel” would be weeping for her children, and that prophecy was fulfilled not only with the killing of newborns and toddlers in Beit Lekhem (Bethlehem) but also the driving out her descendants into the nations with the Assyrian exile.
Thought questions from the recorded discussion
What did the magi — the “wise men” — know about the coming Messiah, and when did they know it?
What’s the significance of Daniel’s being the teacher of the wise men, the magi, of Babylon? What did Daniel teach them?
Why doesn’t Judaism consider Daniel to be a prophet?
What “star” did the magi see? Why didn’t anyone else, even in Israel see it?
What “signs” are there among the stars? What is the connection between the signs Abraham, the magi and those who witness the Day of the LORD will see in the sky?
Why did the magi bring baby Yeshua gifts? Why did they bring gold, frankincense and myrrh? Why does Messiah get gold and frankincense, but not myrrh, when He returns?
What does the long-standing conflict between the Roman and Parthian empires over the Euphrates River have to do with the statement the appearance of the magi in Jerusalem looking for “the King of the Jews”?
What does the prophecy of Rachel weeping for her children — Joseph and Benjamin — have to do with Herod’s killing of infants and toddlers in Bethlehem to kill the young Messiah?
What is the connection between that prophecy in Jeremiah 31 and the New Covenant predicted in the same chapter?
What’s the link between the Jeremiah 31 predictions of Rachel’s children’s being “no more,” the return of Ephraim and the New Covenant, and the Matthew 2 account of King Herod’s attack on children in Bethlehem?
Why is God’s son — Israel literally and in prophecy and Messiah literally — called out of Egypt? Is this prophecy misapplied?