Author: Pastor Jory Brooks

People That Fit the Allegory! A Review of The Idea Of A Spiritual Israel

Famous early American English language scholar, Noah Webster, provided this excellent definition of the word “allegory” in his first edition of “An American Dictionary of the English Language,” published in 1828: “A figurative sentence or discourse, in which the principal subject is described by another subject resembling it in its properties and circumstances. The principal subject is thus kept out of view, and we are left to collect the intentions of the writer or speaker, by the resemblance of the secondary to the primary subject. Allegory is in words what hieroglyphics are in painting. We have a fine example...

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The True Prosperity Gospel

One of the favorite themes of many of our modern ministers is “the prosperity gospel.” This term usually implies that a “love offering” sent to their ministry will result in an outpouring of money and other material blessings to the giver. Another popular term for this is “seed-faith money” – bundle it over to their ministry and God will bless you with bundles of money in return. Worldly ministers measure prosperity by worldly wealth. Mammon (Greek, mamonas, the personification and deification of wealth) has become the highest good. This worship of mammon leads to the despising of God’s law...

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Ashamed of The Promises? A Critique of A Gospel Tract “Ashamed of The Tents of Shem”

In an interesting tract, a reformed scholar laments the fact that so many of our young people are losing interest in the Bible. Yet, it is perhaps understandable that, with the modern focus on “relevance,” young people today do indeed lose interest in something which they are told has little direct application to them, being written for and about another people called, “Israel.” The author proceeds to construct an argument by saying that we are outsiders who, as gentiles, dwell in the tents of Shem in a sense by adopting Christianity, a ‘Jewish religion.’ He gives the Israel promises...

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The Fall and Rising of Many In Israel

We read a wonderful passage in the book of Luke chapter two which is popularly known as the “Nunc Dimittis,” taken from the opening words in the Latin translation of these verses. This prayerful hymn, sometimes called the prophecy of Simeon, has been set to music by a number of different composers, which you can enjoy hearing on YouTube and other websites. Luke records these words: “And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him....

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Revisiting Noah’s Ark

This past summer, my family and I visited the full-size replica of Noah’s Ark that was completed in July, 2016 in the hills of Williamstown, Kentucky. Branded the “Ark Encounter,” it is built to biblical proportions, 510 feet in length, 85 feet wide, and 51 feet in height. You would need to see it in person to realize just how big that is: roughly equivalent to 2-1/2 football fields long, 3.1 million board feet of lumber, and as tall as a ten-story building. Central lodge poles in the structure are three feet in diameter and fifty feet tall. Indeed,...

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