Nehemiah – The Courageous Cupbearer (2)

Viewed from afar, it might seem that the wall was built without a lot of interruption. Such a view would be completely wrong! Any building site, ancient or modern, faces challenges of one type or another. This one had them … Read more “Nehemiah – The Courageous Cupbearer (2)”

Nehemiah – A Ready Scribe (1)

  Darius’ reign   Age
539BC   Decree of Cyrus

First return under Zerubbabel

 
533BC?   Death of Daniel  
530BC?   Born? 0
522BC 1 Darius the Great becomes king 8
516BC 7 Temple completed

Esther marries the king

Ezra travels to Jerusalem

14
511BC
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Zerubbabel (2) – Sown in Babylon

On arrival in Jerusalem, Zerubbabel and Joshua withstood the initial challenges bravely but they couldn’t, or didn’t, overcome the difficulties that followed; not for 15 years anyway. How sad. Too soon, the ongoing trials wore them down. In the end, … Read more “Zerubbabel (2) – Sown in Babylon”

Mordecai – The Jew (2)

Following the foiled assassination attempt, Haman had created an atmosphere of fear in the court of Ahasuerus, which was no doubt what the king appointed him to do. When Mordecai alone, even of all the Jews, refused to bow to … Read more “Mordecai – The Jew (2)”

Mordecai – The Jew (1)

600BC? Born 0 yrs
597BC Taken captive to Babylon in Jehoiachin’s captivity 3
539BC Decree of Cyrus

First return under Zerubbabel

61
533BC? Birth of Esther

Death of Daniel

67
522BC Ahasuerus (Darius the Great) becomes king 78
519BC Ahasuerus’
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Babylonian Captivity – The Ecclesia in Exile (11)

Ezra: A Ready Scribe (Part 2)

This smallish group, carrying a fortune in gold and silver, faced a 1500 kilometre journey through treacherous, threatening country, led by a 74 year old scribe. A royal escort was available if Ezra requested … Read more “Babylonian Captivity – The Ecclesia in Exile (11)”

Bible Teaching on Creation

This article is an amended version of a paper the AACE requested the authors to prepare for possible distribution to ecclesias. The authors acknowledge with thanks the input of others who were consulted in the process of preparing this version … Read more “Bible Teaching on Creation”

Babylonian Captivity – The Ecclesia in Exile (10)

Ezra: A Ready Scribe (Part 1)

 

589BC? Born 0 yrs
588BC Seraiah, his father, dies 1
585BC Jerusalem destroyed

Taken captive to Babylon

4
570BC Death of Ezekiel 19
539BC Decree of Cyrus

First return under Zerubbabel

50
533BC?
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Nebuchadnezzar: The Colossus of Babylon (Part 2)

Nebuchadnezzar visited Judah again six years later and took more captives, including Ezekiel. He set up Zedekiah as another puppet king, but he foolishly turned to Egypt and the king of Babylon finally lost patience. In the 19th year … Read more “Nebuchadnezzar: The Colossus of Babylon (Part 2)”

Nebuchadnezzar: The Colossus of Babylon (Part 1)

634BC Born 0 yrs
605BC Defeats Pharaoh at CarchemishAscends throne of BabylonBesieges Jerusalem first timeJehoiakim becomes his ‘puppet king’Daniel taken captive 29
604BC Dream of image in Daniel 2 30
603BC? Image of gold in Daniel
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Babylonian Captivity – The Ecclesia in Exile (7)

Daniel the elder statesman

Years later in Nebuchadnezzar’s reign, the king, at the zenith of his power, had another disturbing dream. After summoning the other wise men of the empire, the king finally sent for Daniel and requested his interpretation.

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Daniel: The Man with an Excellent Spirit

What’s in a name?

Plenty in Daniel’s case:

Dare to be a Daniel,

Dare to stand alone!

Dare to have a purpose firm!

Dare to make it known.

When the cream of Judah’s youth were taken captive to Babylon in … Read more “Daniel: The Man with an Excellent Spirit”

Babylonian Captivity – The Ecclesia in Exile (5)

Jeremiah: The Reluctant Firebrand (Part 2)

Jeremiah wrote the longest book of prophecy in the Bible, full of more biographical insights than any other. To summarise it is to do it an injustice, but here it is anyway.

The prophet’s

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Babylonian Captivity – The Ecclesia in Exile (4)

Jeremiah: The Reluctant Firebrand (Part 1)

Imagine, for a moment, a Jerusalem Bible Class in around 610BC. Maybe it’s even a special weekend. The room is very full and some of the people in it will be world famous in

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Babylonian Captivity – The Ecclesia in Exile (3)

Ezekiel – Man of Vision, Son of Man

Ezekiel was a man of vision. God showed him the future so clearly that at times he must have felt that he was actually living it. The first vision was perhaps the

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Babylonian Captivity – The Ecclesia In Exile (2)

Ezekiel – Man of Vision, Son of Man

If he were alive today, he would likely be called an eccentric genius. He was a Bible student and a wise priest—sought out for advice even by those who would be his

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Babylonian Captivity – The Ecclesia In Exile (1)

From around 610BC, Nebuchadnezzar began the invasion and destruction of the ancient kingdom of Judah. What had begun as a theocracy moved through various stages of its sometimes glorious history until finally, after over eight centuries of living in their

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Job

18-9

“Hast thou considered my servant Job…”

For a man famous for his patience, it was far from  his defining characteristic. In fact Job could be quite impatient. Rather, there were two other qualities he  possessed above all else. Faith and … Read more “Job”