Water, Light, and the Radiance of God

Light of the World

“God is light.”  This concept stated by the Apostle in 1 John 1:5 is expressed numerous times throughout the Bible (Psalm 27:1, Psalm 76:4, John 1:9John 8:12, etc.).  This will reach its literal fulfillment when He establishes His Kingdom on earth.  In Isaiah and in Revelation, it says that the Lord Himself will provide the light for His Kingdom:

The sun will no more be your light by day,
    nor will the brightness of the moon shine on you,
for the Lord will be your everlasting light,
    and your God will be your glory.
 Your sun will never set again,
    and your moon will wane no more;
the Lord will be your everlasting light,
    and your days of sorrow will end. -Isaiah 60:19-20

There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever. -Revelation 22:5

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The Shadow of God’s Throne

They [the priests] serve at a sanctuary that is a copy and shadow of what is in heaven. This is why Moses was warned when he was about to build the tabernacle: “See to it that you make everything according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.” -Hebrews 8:5

Everything in the Tabernacle/Temple was meant to represent something in heaven. The Ark of the Covenant with the Mercy Seat/atonement cover was kept in the Most Holy Place and represented God’s throne itself.  However, the Ark and its contents did not only represent the throne, but the One who occupies it. Read More

Signs In The Nativity

The Prophet Micah tells us that the Messiah would come from Bethlehem:

But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
    though you are small among the clans of Judah,
out of you will come for me
    one who will be ruler over Israel,
whose origins are from of old,
    from ancient times.

But this was not just a random spot to prove that God knew the future, there are several reasons why the Messiah came from Bethlehem. Read More