James Parkinson

Noise and Earthquake

Sound and Motion “As I prophesied, there was a noise, and, behold, an earthquake; and the bones came together, bone to its bone” (Ezekiel 37:7 RVIC). by James Parkinson Until the 19th century, the Jewish population in Palestine was small. Intermittently, a few dozen Jews in the Diaspora would be allowed to immigrate to the Promised Land, but persecution, plague, and famine kept the numbers only in the thousands (with a peak of possibly ten thousand in 1741). In the mid-19th century []

Moses and the Law

35 Centuries Ahead “The awe of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (Psalms 111:10 RVIC2016). by James Parkinson Moses’ birth and upbringing in the royal family of Egypt are recorded in Exodus 2:1-10. Paul, educated by Gamaliel, says that Moses was opposed by Jannes and Jambres (Egyptian Seuserenre Khyan, reigned ca. 39 years, and Maybre Sheshi, 3 years; Greek Iannas and [Iambres] Assis), two pharaohs of the 15th Dynasty of Egypt (Hyksos). Jewish writings say the alphabet was invented by Moses. []

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. []