Keeping the Feasts?

The LORD said to Moses, “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘These are my appointed feasts, the appointed feasts of the LORD, which you are to proclaim as sacred assemblies. There are six days when you may work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of rest, a day of sacred assembly. You are […]

More on God’s warnings through Moses – Part 6 of ‘the Hope of Israel’

(This is an edited version of chapter 6 of Mauro’s ‘The Hope of Israel’.) We have already seen that, by the covenant of Sinai, God offered Israel the highest of all blessings, but upon the express condition of obedience; the terms being, ‘If you will obey My voice indeed, and keep My Covenant’ (Ex. 19:5-6). […]

Instruction about baptisms – What did tongues signify

In our previous study we saw that it was spontaneous prophesying rather than tongues that marked the baptism in the Holy Spirit. The speaking in tongues did however have its own significance, which we consider here. We start by remembering the events that took place on the Day of Pentecost when the Spirit was poured […]

God’s warnings through Moses – Part 5 of ‘The Hope of Israel’

(This is an edited version of chapter 5 of Mauro’s book.) God’s covenant at Mount Sinai was very broad in scope, extending to the entire community that left Egypt with Moses, but was conditional in character, i.e. the performance of its promises by Jehovah was dependant upon certain express conditions, which the Israelites bound themselves […]

The Hope of the Patriarchs – Part 4 of ‘The Hope of Israel’

(This is an edited version of chapter 4 of Mauro’s book.) ‘Faith is the substance of things hoped for’ (Hebrews 11:1) We now return to the Old Testament Scriptures for the purpose of ascertaining what they predict concerning the children of Israel, and particularly whether they foretell the restoration of their national greatness in a […]

More on Paul’s insight into the Promises – Part 3 of ‘The Hope of Israel’

(This is an edited version of the third chapter of Mauro’s book.) I showed at the outset how the Gospel for which Paul was persecuted by the Jews and imprisoned, was equated with the ‘hope of Israel’. Paul’s credentials lie in the fact that he persecuted the church, and was stopped in his tracks by God’s […]

On the Literal Interpretation of Prophecy – Part 2 of ‘The Hope of Israel’

(This is an edited version of the second chapter of Mauro’s book, The Hope of Israel.) The main purpose of this chapter is to demonstrate that the contrast in Scripture is not between the spiritual and the literal, but between the spiritual and the natural. A passage of Scripture, when taken ‘literally,’ may refer either to ‘that […]

Not Paying Heed to Jewish Fables – Part 1 of ‘The Hope of Israel’

(This is an edited version of the preamble and first chapter of Mauro’s book, The Hope of Israel.) Jewish fables (literally, myths) are no new thing. Paul has plainly warned the household of faith not to heed them. He has not given us a list of those grievous heresies; but it is well known that the one […]

The Law of Christ

This is an edited version of chapter ten of Mauro’s book, The Gospel of the Kingdom, first published in 1927. It shows that salvation by grace brings us under the Law of Christ – God’s law for the kingdom age – which is willingly obeyed by every believer. THE character of every Kingdom is expressed in its law. Next […]

Dispensationalism justifies the Crucifixion

“The place that is called Calvary” (Luke 23:33) has obtained an enduring and hallowed distinction far above and beyond all other localities of earth, because at that place the death sentence was duly executed that had been pronounced by two tribunals – the Jewish and the Roman, the ecclesiastical and the civil – upon Jesus […]