The structure of the Bible

It is very striking and remarkable that the Bible in our hands is structured in such a way that when we look at the first five books of the Bible, known as the Pentateuch, or the books of the law, each of the five books have features and characteristics, in which all the other booksContinue reading “The structure of the Bible”

The Prophetical Books

We now come to the Prophetical books, forming a fourth division of the Bible, and the last division of the Old Testament. These books can be further divided into the Major Prophets (Isaiah to Daniel) and the Minor  Prophets (Hosea to Malachi). These books give prophecies regarding the judgment of Israel and Judah, then theContinue reading “The Prophetical Books”

Outline of Malachi

“But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings” (Malachi 4:2). The last book of the Old Testament comes with a stern and serious message and warning for the people who had returned to Jerusalem from the captivity in Babylon. Interestingly, it is the last messageContinue reading “Outline of Malachi”

Outline of Zechariah

“And again another scripture saith, They shall look on him whom they pierced”. John 19:37. This verse is found in Zechariah 12:10, a prophecy made long time ago before the Lord Jesus Christ came to earth as a Man and went to the cross. This interesting book is filled with what is called Messianic propheciesContinue reading “Outline of Zechariah”

Outline of Haggai

It is interesting that there are three prophetical books along with three historical books that deal with the time of the post-captivity of the tribe of Judah. More interesting is that these three books are at the end of their relevant sections, i.e. the last three historical books, and the last three prophetical books. TheContinue reading “Outline of Haggai”

Outline of Zephaniah

The “minor prophets” had one or a few things in common. One of these is that they had visions or saw things. Not all of them did, but most had visions. The prophets’ names also have meanings, and when we understand the meaning of their names, this usually has a link with their messages. TheContinue reading “Outline of Zephaniah”

Outline of Habakkuk

“The just shall live by his faith” (Hab 2:4). The name Habakkuk means “embrace”, or “hug”. The prophet comforts his people and takes them into his arms and hugs them. The verse quoted above has three places in the New Testament, which we will explore shortly, but the message is that the just lives byContinue reading “Outline of Habakkuk”

Outline of Nahum

“How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!” These words are from Nahum 1:15 but the verse is quoted in Romans 10:15 when Paul wrote about the nation of Israel. There is very little known about Nahum, although he was an Elkoshite (chapterContinue reading “Outline of Nahum”

Outline of Micah

“Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage?” Micah 7:18. The name Micah means “who is like God?” It is fitting that one with that name quotes the above verse in his prophecy. What is the prophecy of Micah about, and whoContinue reading “Outline of Micah”

Outline of Jonah

“For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the great fish’s belly, so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” (Matt 12:40). There are some remarkable incidents in this wonderful and amazing book. Even though it is part of the prophetical books, Jonah’sContinue reading “Outline of Jonah”