The story of Babylon

In many ways the Bible is ‘a tale of two cities’. Two great cities dominate the theatre of Biblical revelation—Jerusalem and Babylon. Both these cities feature prominently in the events at the end of the age. Their history is wonderfully intertwined in Scripture. The rise of one inevitably meant the decline and fall of the

Homosexuality and the Bible

It seems that everywhere one looks these days there is some aspect of the homosexual agenda being touted. ‘Pride’ marches, lobbying for same-sex marriage, same-sex family benefits in law, same-sex adoption rights, mayoral proclamations, etc. The modern entertainment industry seems increasingly to be dominated by this issue. Increasingly, the homosexual constituency is influencing decisions at

Things which must shortly come to pass

What follows is a compilation of notes I prepared for our adult Sunday School class based on an old work by Rev. Septimus Sears called, Things which must shortly come to pass. It is a simple outline of God’s prophetic timeline for the last days as revealed in Scripture. There are few things more useful

Studies in the Tabernacle, Pt13

The Ark of the covenant Scripture: Exodus 25:10-22 In the tabernacle the ark of the covenant resided in the holy of holies. This piece of Tabernacle furniture is associated with the immediate presence of God. The ark is a wonderful picture of Christ as the mediator between God and men. It is in Him that

Studies in the Tabernacle, Pt12

The Vail Scripture: Exodus 26:31-33 The vail brings before us a subject that is one of the great underlying themes of the Tabernacle — access to the presence of God. There were three doors or entrances in various parts of the Tabernacle structure. The first was the gate in the linen fence that suurounded the

Studies in the Tabernacle, Pt11

The golden altar Scripture: Exodus 30:1-10 There were two altars in the Tabernacle — the brazen altar at the gate and the golden altar in the holy place. One was visible to all and the other only to the priests. Both are necessary to a full revelation of the ministry ofChrist as the priestly mediator

Studies in the Tabernacle, Pt10

The Shewbread Table Scripture: Exodus 25:23-30 The great theme of the Tabernacle was the terms on which God and man could meet together and commune together. It was a place of fellowship with God. Cp Exodus 25:22. Various aspects of that great subject are expressed in the component parts of the Tabernacle structure. We have

Studies in the Tabernacle, Pt9

The golden candlestick Exodus 25:31-40 The Tabernacle building consisting of the Holy place and the Holiest of all was the place of fellowship and communion with God. It was the preserve of those who were priests. Since in the NT age all believers are priests, 1 Peter 2:9, the sanctuary represents the fellowship all saints

Studies in the Tabernacle, Pt8

The boards and bars Exodus 26:15-30 In considering these component parts of the Tabernacle we come to consider that which gave structure and form to the dwelling place of God among men. The Tabernacle – ‘dwelling place’ of God – was nothing without these boards and bars. They are a powerful illustration of the person

Equipped to stand

Recently I did a series of Bible studies in the gospel armour spoken of by Paul in Ephesians 6:10-20. They formed the basis of messages I preached at the youth camp sponsored by our Western Canadian congregations this year. You can read the notes and download a PDF copy by clicking on the image to

Studies in the Tabernacle, Pt7

The coverings Scripture: Exodus 26:1-14 There are 4 coverings to consider. Strictly speaking the word Tabernacle, Exodus 26:1 is used only of the 10 curtains of fine twined linen which were embroidered with blue, purple and scarlet. There is a distinction made between the tabernacle, the tent formed by the curtains of goats’ hair; and

Studies in the Tabernacle, Pt6

The Laver Scripture: Exodus 30:17-21 The message of the outer court was a call to be clean in order to meet God. First there was the brazen altar and its symbolism of redemption. Then there was the brazen laver. The great theme set forth by the brazen laver was cleansing in order to communion with

Studies in the Tabernacle, Pt5

The brazen altar Scripture: Exodus 27:1-8, 38:1-7 The court that signified the separated place where God was to be met with by fallen men contained two pieces of furniture, the altar and the laver. The Tabernacle was given as a revelation of Christ’s person and ministry. As the approaching worshipper came to the Tabernacle he

Revolution spreads to Syria

Syria is now on the map of countries in the region with an uprising – Louai al-Hussein Analyst and writer   A BBC news story on the spread of the wave of democratic revolution sweeping across north Africa and the Middle east which has now reached Syria. The nation of Syria will play a prominent