Ezekiel’s Temple and the outflow of living waters – Where did the Spirit descend at Pentecost?

This is and edited version of chapter 12 of Mauro’s book, ‘The Hope of Israel’.  Chapters 40 to 46 inclusive of the Book of Ezekiel contain the record of a vision given to that prophet, in which he was shown the pattern of a temple and its various appointments, the arrangements, gates, courts, and chambers, […]

Ezekiel’s prophecies: the Doom of Jerusalem, the Branch, the Shepherd of Israel and the Valley of Death

This is an edited version of chapter 11 of Mauro’s book, ‘the Hope of Israel’. The prophecies of Ezekiel are often cited as lending support to the idea of the future re-constitution and earthly dominion of a Jewish nation. While these contain many clear warnings of judgments to come upon the house of Israel and […]

‘Messianic Good News’ – what’s in a name?

Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Christ [i.e. the Messiah] (Acts 5:42). In 1950 John Düring, a Jewish Christian who had fled from Germany to South Africa during the Second World War, founded the Good News Missionary […]

Remember the Sabbath Day

Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labour and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your animals, nor the […]

The New Covenant – part 10 of ‘The Hope of Israel’

This is an edited version of the tenth chapter of Mauro’s book. It was shown in a previous chapter that in God’s covenants with Israel, both in the covenant of Horeb (Deut. 5:2-3) and in the substitute made in the land of Moab (Deut. 29:1), all the promises were expressly made to depend upon conditions […]

The travail of Zion – part 9 of ‘the Hope of Israel’

This is an edited version of chapter 9 of Mauro’s ‘the Hope of Israel’. We have shown by the prophecies of Moses, the founder of the nation, of Joshua the conqueror of the original possessors of the Promised Land, and of David the greatest king of Israel and one of its greatest prophets, that the […]

What were Gentile believers grafted into?

The latest misconception spreading within the ‘Messianic’ and ‘Hebrew Root’ movements is that Gentile Christians are being grafted into an ethnically defined, and predominantly unbelieving, ‘Israel’ at the present time – rather than historically, into the faithful remnant described in Romans chapter eleven. YHVH spoke of Israel as an olive tree whose branches would be cut off and […]

The Christian’s Relationship to the Mosaic Law

This is an edited version of Mauro’s original article.  The Gentile Believer and the Law We have said that the experience of the ‘wretched man’ of Romans 7 is not the normal experience of a converted Gentile. It is, nevertheless, a sad fact that it may (and often does) become the abnormal experience of converted […]

Salvation in Zion (the sure mercies of David) – part 8 of ‘The Hope of Israel’

This is an edited version of chapter 8 of Mauro’s book, ‘The Hope of Israel’. ‘The hope of the gospel’ is for those, whether Jews by heredity or Gentiles, whom God has ‘delivered from the power of darkness and translated into the kingdom of His dear Son’ (Col. 1:12,23). For the gospel brings a glorious hope even […]

God’s promise to Israel fulfilled through Joshua – part 7 of ‘The Hope of Israel’

(This is an edited version of chapter 7 of Mauro’s book.) Verses 43 to 45 of Joshua 21, throw light on the question we are investigating, namely the future hope of the Jews. The passage has already been mentioned in passing, but its importance demands a more extended consideration. Its value for our present purpose lies […]