Ishmael and Isaac – born of the flesh, born of the Spirit

If the strife between Arab and Jew began with Ishmael and Isaac, then reconciliation begins there too. Scripture speaks of the brothers’ separation but also mentions their reunion at Abraham’s grave. “And Abraham expired and died in a good old age, old and satisfied. And he was gathered to his people. And his sons Isaac […]

Are the New Testament accounts of Jesus’ resurrection deeply conflicted?

Asher Norman’s twenty-second reason for rejecting Jesus as Messiah[1] is that “the resurrection accounts are deeply conflicted.” Norman concludes: “Amazingly virtually every detail of the resurrection accounts in each Gospel is directly contradicted by at least one other Gospel. Christianity literally stands or falls on the veracity of the resurrection. If Jesus was not resurrected, […]

What the Rabbis say… concerning Adam’s sin

What consequence did Adam’s sin have for the human race?  Did our relationship with God change fundamentally, as a result? If so, can we ever return to our original condition, or reverse the consequence through our own efforts? Judaism and Christianity give different answers to these questions. Most rabbis today teach that Adam’s sin brought […]

To fulfil what was spoken – the virgin is with child

“Hear now, O house of David? Is it too little for you to weary men, but will you weary my God also? Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign; Behold, the maiden conceives and bears a son, and she shall call his name Immanuel. Curds and honey shall he eat, that he may […]

Judah and Tamar (Genesis 38)

The story of Joseph (Genesis chapters 37 to 50) is interrupted in Genesis chapter 38 by a record of the origins of the tribe of Judah. Joseph prefigured Messiah in many details of his life, i.e. as the chosen son, whom his brothers despised and rejected, but later bowed down to,[1] but Joseph was not […]

The Keys of the Kingdom – Matthew 16 and the church of Rome

When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter […]

GEBOREN, UM KÖNIG ZU SEIN !

Mit herzlichem Dank für die Übersetzung aus dem Englishchen von Klaus Püplichhuisen  (Klaus.Publius@t-online.de) “Denn ein Kind ist uns geboren, ein Sohn ist uns gegeben, und die Herrschaft kommt auf seine Schulter, und er wird genannt: Wunderrat, starker Gott, Ewigvater, Friedefürst” (Jesaja 9,6) Christen sind geneigt, wenn sie an Jesus denken, Ihn entweder in der Krippe […]

Learning evangelism from the Apostle Paul

(This is an edited version of a presentation given at the conference “Influencing Muslims for Jesus Christ” in Benoni, South Africa, on 27 April 2012) The one who said “follow me as I follow Messiah” leads us in a particular approach to evangelism which is evident from his missionary activities in the Book of Acts. The record […]

Judaism – from monotheism to atheism?

Anyone interested in seeing where Judaism is heading should visit the website advertising the second “Sinai Indaba” event that commences in Johannesburg, South Africa this evening. About 3000 delegates (Jewish and other), are due to attend. Firstly notice the two high-lighted characters in “Sinai Indaba” – namely the “I” and the “I”. Then play the […]

Wie is die 144,000 in Openbaring?

“En ek het gesien, en kyk, die Lam staan op die berg Sion, en saam met Hom honderd vier en veertig duisend met sy Naam en die Naam van sy Vader op hulle voorhoofde geskrywe. (2) En ek het ‘n geluid uit die hemel gehoor soos die geluid van baie waters en soos die geluid […]