The Covenants God made with Abraham, and then confirmed and expanded with Isaac and Jacob, are the first references in The Bible to the relationship God has endeavoured to establish with mankind. Their influence on God's dealings with man and the establishment of His relationship with His Church in the Last Days are far greater than most Christians realise. This series of studies examines the covenants God made with Abraham and then with each subsequent generation. It briefly follows the story of those tribes, focusing on the promises given to each of the brothers and how history shows that the fulfilment of many of these promises has already taken place.
The Book of Revelation
The Bible contains many references to the Last Days; the Book of Revelation is in fact devoted totally to the subject. As a search on the Internet will reveal, however, there are literally hundreds of different interpretations as to what the Book of Revelation is really about. I personally believed some of those interpretations for many years but always felt uncomfortable about them because they left too many unanswered questions and were always subject to a person's interpretation. The Book of Revelation has one true meaning, a message that God wants His Church to hear and understand; and the key to what it is is found in the book's first three verses.
Paul: Hero or Villain?
Although Jesus could have chosen to include Paul among the twelve men who would carry forth his work after his passing, he didn't. And what happened as soon as Jesus left the scene? If we are to believe Paul, Jesus appears to have discovered this mistake of his and made up for it by choosing Paul as the person to deliver the message of the Gpsel to the Gentile nations. This is in spite of the fact that Jesus had previously nominated Peter for that task in front of the other disciples. Paul declared himself an apostle, however no one else ever addressed him as one. Jesus made it very clear there would be 12 apostles, but if Paul is to believed, there are in fact 13, which begs the question, "who is the imposter?"