Author: Pastor Jory Brooks

The ‘Gentiles’ In God’s Plan

It is a widely popular view today that the word, ‘Gentile,’ in our English Bible translations can only refer to non-Israelites, yet the facts prove conclusively otherwise. The following information from leading Bible reference works proves that this word refers instead to ‘nations,’ representing sometimes the dispersed house of Israel, sometimes non-Israelites, and sometimes both, as in ‘all nations’. The word, “Gentile,” is an English language substitution for the original New Testament Greek words, ‘ethne,’ (singular) or ‘ethnos,’ (plural) and the Old Testament Hebrew words, ‘goy’ (singular) and ‘goyim’ (plural). In teaching that Gentiles can only be non-Israelites, it...

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Treasures of Heaven

London’s famed British Museum hosted a special exhibit this summer that was both fascinating and instructive. Labeled, “Treasures of Heaven,” it showcased the largest and most valuable collection of Roman Catholic relics and reliquaries probably ever assembled in Britain. Not personally being of the Romanist denomination myself, it might have seemed to be a waste of time to visit this exhibit. To the contrary, many of the relics and reliquaries (relic holders) showed spectacular artistry and were often breathtaking in their beauty. There is no question that many of the best artists and artisans in Europe spent years designing,...

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A Prophecy of Israel’s Reformation

Ezekiel gave us one of his most memorable prophecies in chapter 37, verses 1 to 14, popularly known as “the valley of dry bones.” Early theologian, St. Jerome, said, “This passage is very famous.” Modern Christian scholar, Dr. Thomas L. Constable, declared, “This may be the best-known section of the Book of Ezekiel.” He added that “This well-known apocalyptic vision of the valley of dry bones pictures the manner in which Yahweh would restore His people. Few other passages have suffered more from the extremes of interpreters who see either too much or too little in both meaning and...

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Awaiting the Covenant?

A remark in a recent video sermon by an American Anglo-Israel advocate was unsettling. He made a statement in an off-hand way that “Christians are still under the Old Covenant because the New Covenant is not here yet.” This is quite apparently a source of confusion for some believers today. Perhaps he and his little group of followers see this as a convenient justification for obeying some of their favorite precepts of Old Testament law, but they forget that one cannot pick and choose what they want to obey under the Old Covenant, and ignore the rest. Yet this...

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God’s Judgment on Jerusalem

It is probably safe to say that the average Christian’s knowledge of the Biblical book of Isaiah is limited to only a short passage or two. One of these is the famous prophecy of the future glory of the millennial city of Jerusalem found in chapter 2, verses 2 through 4: “And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD’S house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. And many people shall go and say, Come...

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