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The Secret Codes in Matthew: Examining Israel’s Messiah, Part 3, by Kevin M. Williams

When faced by attacks from the Adversary, we stand on tenuous ground if we attempt to argue with the one who appears as an “angel of light” from our own wisdom. The Bible is our only trustworthy defense and we would do well to follow the Messiah’s example in all things—particularly spiritual warfare!

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In the next issue of the Pneuma Review, we shall take a fresh look at the Beatitudes. They certainly teach what we think they teach, but given Matthew’s purpose in writing this revealing gospel, might they say more?

PR

 

Endnotes

1 Sound the Trumpets!, Jimmy DeYoung, Shofar Communications, 2000, p. 149

2 In a lecture by Dwight Pryor of the Center of Judaic-Christian Studies, April, 2000

3 Will the Real Jesus Please Stand, Vendyl Jones, Institute of Judaic-Christian Research, 1983, pp xvi, xvii

4 Today, the true pronunciation is lost, though Jehovah or Yahweh are sometimes used by Christians as a substitute. Hebrew writers will use the word “Lord” (sometimes inserting a “-” for the letter “o” as further respect), or the word Adonai (which is Hebrew for “Lord”).

5 The Jewish New Testament Commentary, David H. Stern, Jewish New Testament Publications, 1992, p. 16

6 Daniel Juster, Th.D., in an unpublished speech delivered at Messiah College, Granthan, PA, 1995

7 A practice discouraged by Paul in 1 Corinthians 1:12-16 All Scripture references are from the NASB unless otherwise noted.

 

Correction:

In Part Three of this series (as appearing in Pneuma Review Fall 2001, Vol 4 No 4), Assyria was described as modern Syria. While parts of Syria were absorbed into the Assyrian Empire, it was also largely comprised of northern Iraq and Southern Turkey.

 

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Category: Biblical Studies, Fall 2001, Pneuma Review

About the Author: Kevin M. Williams, Litt.D., H.L.D. has served in Messianic ministries since 1987 and has written numerous articles and been a featured speaker at regional and international conferences on Messianic Judaism.

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