Advent originally was a time of instruction, prayer, fasting and self-reflection, in preparation to be baptized in the new year.
In each succeeding story, a picture emerges of a woman of great faith, spiritual wisdom, a scriptural scholar in her own right, one who believed in the power, provision, and promise of Almighty God.
We have come at last to the final chapter of Zechariah’s final oracle, the most prophetic and profound (and for many scholars, puzzling) of the prophet’s visions.
Scholars often divide the Epistle to the Hebrews into two parts. The first, chapters 1-10, teach on the supremacy of Messiah (chapters 1-8) and the new covenant cut in Messiah’s blood (chapters 8-10). The second part, chapters 10-13, is exhortation on how we are to respond to the truths found in the first part.
Messiah, having completed his mission, can take His seat on the royal throne of heaven, and rest His foot on restored creation, joining heaven and earth, the spiritual and physical realms, in a sacred whole.
In Greek, the word for substitute is ὑπέρ| huper, meaning on behalf of or in another’s place.
Since Jesus offered perfect and permanent propitiation, it means what was damaged is now perfectly and permanently repaired.
In one of the more remarkable moments in the Christian Testament, Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and God could not have been more fully present in that amazing moment.
After having described the terrifying final world war at Har Megiddo, Zechariah now conveyed God’s prophetic vision of deliverance.
The Mosaic covenant had a pattern for the tabernacle, worship, and sacrifices. The old sanctuary merely represented the better sanctuary in heaven.