Double Reference in Biblical Prophecy

Dennis McCallum and Gary DeLashmutt
There are a number of prophecies in the OT which have a primary application to the millennial kingdom or the eternal kingdom but are fulfilled in part in the church age. Furthermore, there are prophecies that seem to focus on the immediate historical context of the prophet, yet there is a more complete fulfillment later. This tendency to speak of events that are separated by time, as though they were not, is called the principle of double reference.

Ethical Problems in the Pentateuch

Dennis McCallum and Gary DeLashmutt
Critics of the Bible have drawn attention to various seemingly cruel or immoral rules or events in the Pentateuch. The following principles should be kept in mind when assessing such problems.

Legalism in Translation

Dennis McCallum
Language is very influential in framing subjects. How we describe something often determines people’s impressions, and this makes word choice very important. Translation is the first act of interpretation, and this means English readers need a way to check on the translations of passages they study. One of the easiest ways to study this as an English reader is to compare translations. You quickly see that opinion plays a part at many points. Bible software has made word studies easier than ever.

Old Testament Endtimes Prophecy Chart

Dennis McCallum
Pastor Dennis McCallum catalogs key end-times prophecies in the Old Testament.

Old Testament Understand of the Names of God

Mary Barnum
My friend from Viet Nam has been given the name, Coung Cam Cao. This means "tall, strong one" and was chosen for him as a reflection of his parent's goals and dreams for him. So it is true that in other cultures, a name has deeper significance. The Hebrew culture was one such culture during the early times of the Old Testament. In this paper, we will look at the names used for God in the Old Testament. The question to be considered is whether or not the name/names used for God were intended to have a material effect on the theological content of the scripture? Or, are they, generally speaking, arbitrary, interchangeable, and a simple reflection of author preference?

Simplified Inductive Book Study Questions

Gary DeLashmutt
This paper provides some questions to help guide your inductive study of various books of the Bible.

The "Ban"

Gary DeLashmutt
The "ban" (Heb. cherem) refers to God's command to the Israelites to exterminate 7 tribes living in the land of Canaan (Deuteronomy 7:1,2). There are several moral problems raised by the "ban." The Christian worker should be able to defend this area of biblical revelation (1 Peter 3:15).

The Anonymous Servant

Dennis McCallum
Isaiah recorded four unique prophetic messages about one called the servant of the Lord. However, none of the messages identify the servant by name. The four passages are Isaiah 42:1-9; 49:1-13; 50:4-11; and 52:13-53:12. Therefore, they are called the "anonymous servant" passages. The New Testament identifies these passages as referring to Jesus Christ (see Matthew 8:17; 12:18-21; 27:43; Acts 8:32-33). The following analysis of the songs gathers their content together under logical headings.

The Unity of Old Testament Theology

Steve Bauer, Dave Glover, John McKewen, and Todd Mullen
In Genesis 1:28 God blesses Adam and Eve and instructs them to be fruitful and multiply. This theme reappears throughout the Old Testament during times of major transition. After the flood, God blesses Noah and his sons and instructs them to be fruitful and multiply. Jacob receives this promise after fleeing from Esau. In addition, at the time Jacob's name is changed to Israel, God reminds him he will be a great nation and charges him to be fruitful and multiply. Later while in Egypt, it isthe prolific nature and power of the Jewish people that causes the Pharaoh to seek alternatives to curbing their growth. In spite of the persecution at the hands of the Egyptians, God continues to build a nation through which He will deliver the promised seed of Abraham.