James Parkinson

A Faithful Wise Servant

Matthew 24:45-51 “Who then is the faithful and wise servant whom his lord hath set over his household, to give them their food in due season?” (Matthew 24:45 RV). by James Parkinson Listen to audio The question of whether “the faithful and wise servant” is an individual Christian or a group of Christians is not easily answered from Matthew 24 alone, but Luke 12 elaborates. We might expect Jesus to repeat important teachings several times in his ministry. Luke might give us []

Expectations of the Harvest

God’s Plan is On Track “The harvest is the consummation of the age … Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father” (Matthew 13:39, 43 ASV, margin. All quotations from the American Standard Version, ASV 1901, except as noted). by James Parkinson Listen to Audio:  The expectation of a harvest is that there will be the desired fruitage of the growing season, in this case, “the consummation of the age.” The desired product of the []

The Seven Last Plagues

Revelation 15-16 “Seven angels having seven plagues, [which are] the last, for in them is finished the wrath of God” (Revelation 15:1 RV). by James Parkinson The chapters containing the seven last plagues (Revelation 15-16) reveal how the Exodus, the destruction of Jericho, and the dedication of Solomon’s Temple, typify the Day of Wrath (Zephaniah 1:14-18) — the judgment of this world. Solomon’s Temple (1 Kings 8) Solomon’s Temple was dedicated in the 7th month but was not completed until the 8th month. []

Joshua vs. Jericho

Jericho, Babylon, and Armageddon “By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they had been compassed about for seven days” (Hebrews 11:30 RV) by James Parkinson Listen to audio  Joshua had been Moses’ attendant and then his appointed successor. Joshua was to lead God’s people into the Promised Land. The fortified city of Jericho was on the route, but Jericho shut its gates against Israel — a hostile act, being unwilling even to sell them food. Jehovah God disclosed the battle plan to []

Bread and Cup

Symbols of Jesus Life Listen to the audio:  “And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine” (Genesis 14:18). (All quotes from ASV, except as otherwise specified). by James Parkinson There are hints of the Memorial of our Lord’s sacrificial death early in the Old Testament. About four thousand years ago “Melchizedek [Meleki-tzedeq, King of Righteousness], king of [Jeru]Salem, brought forth bread and wine; and he was a priest of God Most High” (Genesis 14:18). Again, the Memorial emblems are foreshadowed. And []