PTB2-26: Introduction to the One Bible Commentary in One Book.

Having now come halfway through the second year of Preaching Thru the Bible, and because “the days are evil”, we must get serious on our Bible.  So for now, you will be exposed to the One 1 Book Bible Commentary.  If you send your email address to sungrist@gmail.com, you can have sent to you this Bible Commentary in one book free.

One might say, well a Bible commentary is not preaching thru the Bible; however, oh yes it is if your favorite set of commentaries was Carroll’s An Interpretation of the English Bible as an example of what good Bible study should be.  Good ole corner stone of the SWBTS started that school to teach thru the Bible and in the process he would break out preaching.

As a young man going to high school in Galena Park I would often ride the bus to downtown Houston in order to droll over the books at Brown Book Store.  The love of books had started in Junior High at Bossier City where awards were achieved for reading books, but as a Freshman at Baylor reading in the library the essay by Ralph Waldo Emerson on “The American Scholar” the equal love of nature and real learning in books more than grades and degrees, was crystallized; and before at Browns I bought Haley’s One Book Commentary,  as a good and active book Scout and Explorer Scout who was in the Order of the Arrow and a counselor  at Camp Strake, first Roget’s Book of Birds was purchased.

This year when DTS kicked out on Amazon a One Book of two volumes, OT and NT, supposed Bible commentary based as almost all their teachings on Scofield Theology, and after having written a 12 volume expanded set of Learn Christ Commentaries, it became apparent that a sound doctrine one book commentary in honor of “the faith once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3) was needed to counter a false theology based on 3 words not even found in the literal Bible one time—rapture, millennium, and dispensationalism.  Only the judgement day will show what harm DTS because of the false theology of Scofield, with their influential large pulpit pastor (goats in sheep’s clothing, disguised as Sothern Baptist when it is convenient) have done to Christianity, specially the SBC.   It was once considered in the nature of churches in revelation that Houston, because of crime, was the seat of Satan;  however, DTS must be the seat of Satan.

1-1:  10 reasons why One Commentary should be your one in depth college level Bible Commentary.

1.  It is like a Study Bible as it is so thorough on both the Old Testament (Prophets) and New Testament (Apostles).

2. It is a free book in PDF with the options of later owning it in Paperback and Kindle for a lifetime of reference.

3.  Since Seminary students after six years or more of study of Theology and Bible find the Bible is a closed book because (1) a lack of will to do the will of God, and (2) failures of spiritual discernment, in Prophets and Apostles you are encouraged to find the open Bible of Authorized Semi-Public Interpretation (ASPI) of II Peter 1:21,22.

4.  All the Bible is important; however since what is most important in the Old Testament to be known is quoted in the New Testament (NT) with over 800 quotes, then in the NT the meaning of those quotes is explained and implemented.  Surely you would agree that understanding on those 800 self-interpretative quotes can set you on the proper path to high fidelity interpretation of the Bible as God the Holy Spirit originally determined.  This ASPI goes beyond the ordinarily advised hermeneutics of the best like Bernard Ramm.  God the Holy Spirit over a period of 4,000 years carefully selected Prophets and Apostles to get the total message of the Bible right, and to make the very internal structure of the Bible with the OT quotes in the NT, with explanations, constrain to one universal interpretation; and woe be to Scofield and Scofield mites when they distort that meaning with their invasion of the Bible, in homes, churches, and Bible notes of a theology of “seducing spirits and doctrines of devils”.

5.  Counter to the recent trend to ignore the OT, SunGrist in Prophets and Apostles, recognizes the approach of Jesus of neither jot nor tittle will be neglected in the totality of the Bible.

6.  In the approximately 400 pages, you are reading and studying the Bible Itself and not about the Bible, a remedy for the bad habits of superficial theology filled with the wisdom of men. Yet the scholarly work of men like Sampey, Hester, and B.H. Carroll are honored.

7.  Prophets and Apostles is written around the internal structure of the Bible Itself, one might say that structure is the backbone of the Bible and the method through which God the Holy Spirit worked in over two thousand years of history with dedicated Prophets and Apostles and Jesus.

8.  Old and New Testament is about the Lord Jesus Christ, consistently teaches on the Gospel with a focus on How to Properly Learn Christ.

9.  Prophets and Apostles recognizes that the Bible is more a guidebook for living than a doctoral dissertation, with internal requirements to be understood as no more book, personal requirements for the individual in touch with the Holy Spirit.

10.  The Reader and/or student can visualize in 12 Tables the internal structure of the Bible from Genesis to Malachi, and provides an easy topical outline of the Bible in 12 major subjects, starting in Genesis with The Living God of the Living and ending in Malachi and Prophets with The Living God wants Others to Live.

11.  President Mohler says, “Preachers today do not know what to do with the Old Testament; that is sad, from the get-go in ONE there is preaching and teaching from the OT according to the NT, the 19 Writing Prophets of the OT become very relevant as you can preach them each Sunday or teach them on Wednesday night, with a comparison of the nation of Israel to the United States in “National Dens of Thieves, Jeremiah and Prophesy” you of course get Jeremiah, Amos, Joel, and other prophets, the Literal Forever Kingdom is started on the Prophet Isaiah, going all the way through the Bible on King Jesus and the Kingdom.  You have to only take one look at the Master Tables of OT quotes in the NT, to see they run all the way from Genesis to Malachi.

NOTE:  By the way for you teachers and preachers, or would be, there are many outlines for Bible teaching.

1-2:  Prophets to the Nations.

The only way the Old Testament Prophets can be out of date is if nations of the world are out of date, for God the ruler of the universe made the Prophets International Prophets, the “Prophet to the Nations”.  Since God is eternal, immutability, and determinative in world history, if you want to see and know where nations are ultimately headed then the Prophets are the key, and further if you want to know then end goal of all history, it is:  (1) the literal Forever Kingdom to such up all other nations and kingdoms, (2) the Day of the Lord with a “cup of wine of wrath” (Jeremiah 1:5;1:10; and 25:15) for most nations, and (3) After the Second Coming of Christ, God the Father plants New Jerusalem on His favorite spot of Mount Zion in its present location of Israel.

NOTE:  Lest you think the nations are out of date, the oft repeated islands of the seas takes care of many including the US, however in the language it again shows God preference for Mount Zion in Israel to plant both Himself and New Jerusalem.

Since God thinks that spot is so important, as we near the End of the world you notice that focus more and more becomes centered on the Middle East and in particular on Megiddo Israel and the Jezreel valley as the site of World War III, the terminal war to end all wars.  Take Damascus as an example, now in Syria and the attention of much of the internal strife in Syria, and you must stop to consider that once it was part of the Northern Kingdom (10 tribes) of Israel as they separated from Judah of the Southern Kingdom, that in the Samaria of the first century Roman Empire, Jesus preached at Jacob’s well to the Samaritan woman about the water of life, and later in Damascus of Samaria Paul on the way to persecute Christians there saw a vision of the Ascended Christ and was converted, later believers were first called Christians in Antioch of Samaria.

“Let the nations be wakened, and come up to the Valley of Jehoshaphat; for there I will sit to judge all the surrounding nations.  Put in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe.  Come, go down; for the whimpers is full, the vats overflow–for their wickedness is great.  Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision!  For the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.  The sun and moon will grow dark, and the stars will diminish their brightness.  The LORD also will roar from Zion, and utter His voice from Jerusalem; the heavens and earth will shake; but the LORD will be shelter for His people, and the strength of the children of Israel.”  (Joel 3:12-16)

It is easy to tire of all these predictors of the END, such as the one correlating Turkey with Damascus and Israel as Turkey (we have no evidence now that Turkey will be the prime attacker, but the indications are for Syria, Iran, and Russia); however this sensationalist bases his predictions of the Old Testament Prophets on the complete destruction of Damascus, perhaps the oldest continuance city in the world.  Take for example the Prophet Isaiah’s proclamation against Syria and Israel, in particular against Damascus once a powerful and prosperous city in the world from Isaiah 17.

“The burden against Damascus.

“Behold, Damascus will cease from being a city,
And it will be a ruinous heap.” (Isaiah 17:1)

Granted that Damascus has been destroyed and rebuilt many times, one notable being when Assyria took the Northern Kingdom captive and deported most of the residents filling the city and Northern Kingdom with other foreign immigrants, but as you read these words and the rest of Isaiah 17 you get as Carroll states a sense of partial fulfillments of a prediction to be completely fulfilled at or near the END.  If you have opportunity read please Isaiah 17 and you will note that it stresses often “in that day” with a reminder of the Day of the LORD and Lord of the whole Bible; and you can not help but think with the total message of 17, especially with the bottom line of 17:12-14, that this is the same cup of wine of the wrath of God as with the other Prophets.

Woe to the multitude of many people
Who make a noise like the roar of the seas,
And to the rushing of nations
That make a rushing like the rushing of mighty waters!
13 The nations will rush like the rushing of many waters;
But God will rebuke them and they will flee far away,
And be chased like the chaff of the mountains before the wind,
Like a rolling thing before the whirlwind.
14 Then behold, at eventide, trouble!
And before the morning, he is no more.
This is the portion of those who plunder us,
And the lot of those who rob us.  (Isaiah 17:12-14)

1-3:    To the Nations — Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, and Isaiah.

     We must distinguish between these four major Writing Prophets.  If God called Jeremiah to be a Prophet to the nations, and He did, how is it that Daniel, Ezekiel, and Isaiah also had much to say about the destiny of the nations, yet were not called Prophets to the nations; or were they?

     First, the call of Jeremiah, the priest, to be a Prophet.

“I have appointed thee a prophet unto the nations….I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to pluck up and to break down, to destroy and to overthrow….Take this cup of wine of wrath at my hand, and cause all the nations to whom I send thee to drink it.”  (Jeremiah 1:5;1:10; and 25:15)

Our problem is that nowhere are we told that Jeremiah actually visited other nations, except Egypt near the end of his ministry.  Somehow we know that Jeremiah delivered these messages to the 21 nations that are named after 25:27, since he tells us in 25:27 that he did take the cup at Jehovah’s hand and caused all those 21 nations to drink of it.  He must have either visited these nations or wrote down the messages and sent them to the nations to read.  Is there the possibility that he did some of the work through Ezekiel and Daniel.  Ezekiel and Daniel were already captives to the North.  Ezekiel was taken captive to Babylon in 598 B.C. where he like Jeremiah preached the destruction of Judah and Jerusalem.  Daniel was taken captive earlier, in 605 B.C., the first year of Nebuchadnezzar invasion of Syria and Palestine.  While Jeremiah and Ezekiel were both priests, Daniel was a statesman and governor.  Ezekiel was called to be a Prophet five years after with King Jehoiachin he was taken captive to Babylon.

     It is clear from the call of Ezekiel to be a Prophet recorded in Ezekiel 1,2 that Ezekiel was called to be a Prophet only to Israel in Exile.  The call begins with in the first chapter a vision from God.

“Such was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD.  And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard the voice of one speaking (Ezekiel 1:29)…And he said to me, ‘Son of man, sand upon your feet, and I will speak with you.’  And when he spoke to me, the Spirit entered into me and set me upon my feet; and I heard him speaking to me.  And he said to me, ‘Son of man, I send you to the people of Israel, to a nation of rebels, who have rebelled against me; they and their fathers have transgressed against me to this very day.  The people also are impudent and stubborn:  I send you to them; and you shall say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD.’  And whether they hear or refuse to hear (for they are a rebellious house) they will know that there has been a prophet among them.”  (Jeremiah 2:1-5 RSV)

What a ministry as a Prophet, to Israel a nation of rebels who may not listen to him, and that the bottom line of his ministry is that the people must know that there is a prophet of God among them.

     The beginning of Daniel is more historical that a call to be a Prophet like Jeremiah and Ezekiel.

“In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it.  And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, with some of the vessels of the house of God; and he brought them to the land of Shinar, to the house of his god, and placed the vessels in the treasury of his god.  Then the king commanded Ashpenaz, his chief eunuch, to bring some of the people of Israel, both of the royal family and of the nobility, youths without blemish, handsome and skillful in all wisdom, endowed with knowledge, understanding learning, and competent to serve in the king’s palace, and to teach them the letters and language of the Chaldeans….Among them were Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah of the tribe of Judah.”  (Daniel 1:1-4,6  RSV)

I think herein we have found a way that some of Jeremiah’s messages to the nations could get at least to the Chaldeans.  As we know from the history of Daniel in Chaldea,  Daniel became a leader in the palace of the kings.

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