Interpreting Biblical Word Pictures



interpreting-the-bible-trailer-05Most have heard the saying ‘a picture is worth a thousand words.’ However, the Bible has a real knack for painting a picture with just a few words. The word pictures found in God’s Word creates an image in the mind of the reader that will likely never be forgotten. The phrase that I am using, ‘word picture,’ is to be understood as all of the different figures of speech found in God’s Word: metaphors, similes, as well as other forms of literary devices that involve figures of speech. If we were to read Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount meticulously, we would discover that he used over fifty different word pictures.

It is significant that we learn how to find the meaning behind these word pictures. Without learning their true meaning, we will misinterpret the Bible, and misapply it in our lives. As we have already seen in the above, misapplication cannot only cause one not to have the success that the Bible holds out, but can be dangerous at times, like the rod of the shepherd and the many proverbs, which talk about the disciplining of a rebellious boy. Of course, these word pictures throughout God’s Word are not to be taken literally, but the message they convey by the picture is to be taken literally.

Correct Mental Grasp of Word Pictures

A word picture is one thing used or considered to represent or express something in another manner. The topic is compared with the image. Something about the topic and the image is similar. In order for us to discover the real meaning, we must find the similarities. The danger is in finding more than was intended by the author.

Proverbs 30:18-19

 18Three things are too wonderful for me; four I do not understand: 19the way of an eagle in the sky, the way of a serpent on a rock, the way of a ship on the high seas, and the way of a man with a virgin.

There is a similarity to the above list. An eagle soars through the sky; the way of a serpent on a rock is that it crosses the rock, the way of a ship on the high seas as it cuts through the waves. The similarity is that none of these three leave a trail, which does not allow anyone to follow their path. This now helps us establish the similarity of number four, where the proverb was leading us, “the way of a man with a virgin.”

A man may engage cunning ways of using insincere flattery and pleasantness, especially in order to persuade somebody to do something, to capitalize upon the friendliness of an innocent virgin. She is innocent and untested; she would not be able to discover his charms. It is near impossible for her to see the trail or path of a seductive man, yet he has a goal just as “the way of an eagle in the sky, the way of a serpent on a rock, the way of a ship on the high seas.” The seductive man has the objective of exploiting her for sex.

Revelation 3:3

3 Remember, then, what you received and heard. Keep it, and repent. If you will not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come against you.

Jesus said, “I will come (topic) like a thief (image).” There must be a similarity. The context of verse 3 answers the question for us, as it reads: “you will not know at what hour I will come against you.” Therefore, we can rule out that the verse is telling us why he is coming, but instead tells us of how he will come. It will be like a thief, unforeseen and without warning.

The context helps us. Jesus went on to say, “You will not know at all at what hour I shall come upon you.” (Revelation 3:3) Therefore, the comparison does not point to the purpose of his coming. He was not implying that he would come to steal anything. Rather, the point of comparison involves the unforeseen, without the warning aspect of his arrival.

1 Thessalonians 5:2 

2For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.

While the context here does not offer us a spelled out explanation of the similarity, like the words of Jesus, it is best to use one part of the Bible to interpret the other. So, then, let us wake up!

Word Pictures and God

Psalm 145:3 (Updated American Standard Version)

3Great is Jehovah, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable.

God’s greatness is unlimited. Even in perfection, we could spend hundreds of trillions of years, and we would never even come close to understanding, comprehending, or measuring his greatness. There are many examples within Scripture, which point to his greatness. When we look up at the starry heavens and realize that it would take 100,000 years at the speed of light, to cross just our galaxy.[1] Then, we reflect on the fact that there are over 100 billion galaxies in our universe. Moreover, it boggles our mind when we contemplate that there are countless universes, at least 10 to the 500 universes, which is a 1 followed by 500 zeroes! Then, we are certainly confounded at the idea that space itself is expanding at an accelerating pace!—Isaiah 40:26

Job 26:14

14Behold, these are but the outskirts of his ways, and how small a whisper do we hear of him! But the thunder of his power who can understand?”

As we can see from the above, the study of our physical creation only touches ‘the outskirts of God’s ways,’ and is but ‘a small whisper,’ in comparison to “the thunder of his power.” However, this is even truer of God’s creation of spiritual and physical life, as well as the salvation that he has offered his fallen people. Yes, the thoughts of God are so deep that the ungodly are unable to understand the significance (not the meaning) of his Word.

It is impossible for us to understand the greatness and the power of God fully. However, the Bible paints the best picture, for our limited minds. Walk with me as I list just a few of these word pictures: a King, a Lawmaker, a Judge, and a Warrior, obviously, someone we should esteem and revere. He is also described as a Counselor, a Shepherd, an Instructor, a Teacher, a Father, a Healer, Lawgiver, and a Savior, One we can hardly resist loving.

Psalm 16:7 (Updated American Standard Version)

 7I bless Jehovah who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart [or mind][2] instructs me.

See footnote. The kidneys are deep inside the body, so this text means that the counsel of God has reached the deepest part of the inner man, correcting his deepest thoughts and emotions.

Psalm 23:1 American Standard Version (ASV)

 1Jehovah is my shepherd; I shall not want.

The Middle Eastern shepherd of Bible times would care for each of his sheep as a group and individually, even naming every one of them. Each day he will call every one of his sheep to him, and as he strokes it, lovingly calling out its name, talking to it, he will look to see if it has suffered any injuries. If he happens upon an injury, he will apply oil or an ointment to accelerate the process of headlining. There may even be times, when a sheep is sick that the shepherd will have to force medicine down its throat, holding it throughout the day and night, making sure it does not lie down and die. This word picture perfectly demonstrates the love and tenderness that God has for each of us.

Psalm 32:8

 8I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.

Our heavenly Father has a school of success, where all are welcome to join and have him as their Grand Instructor. Yes, we have access to the greatest instructor, as well as his head instructor, the Son, who will teach and counsel us, with their eyes always upon us. In addition, we are privileged to have the opportunity to be a sort of admissions counselor, so that others may gain access to this Grand Instructor.

Are there any requirements to be in this school of success? Yes, if there are requirements to enter a seminary, certainly, there are requirements to enter a school where God Himself is our instructor. There are two major requirements to enter this school. “‘And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.’” (Mark 12.30-31) Moreover, the head instructor of the school, Jesus Christ also said, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” (Matt 7:21) Therefore, if we are to enter into the school of success, we must do it willingly, and we must be willing to apply the rules and principles within the textbook, i.e., the Holy Bible. The students must choose to willing serve God out of love, and agree to do his will, and be willing to be molded into a new person. (Col. 3:9-10; Eph. 4:22-24) The greatest thing about this school is, there is not graduation date, as it runs for an eternity.

‘In all that the student does, he prospers.’ (Psa. 1:1-3) This is nothing like the former way of things, nor any human institution. Some are very proud to have studied under some of the greatest Christian instructors of the 20th century, such as Norman L. Geisler, Gleason L. Archer, or John Gresham Machen. However, every human has the opportunity to study under the Father and the Son, and to be taught by Holy Spirit, and no greater privilege exists. There is no grander experience, with everlasting benefits. Moreover, what human instructor has ever cared intimately for the needs of each student individually, being there for them 24/7/365? He says of himself, “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you to profit, who leads you in the way you should go. Oh that you had paid attention to my commandments! Then your peace would have been like a river, and your righteousness like the waves of the sea;” (Isa 48:17-18) We are told of his textbook, that it is ‘inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.’ – 2 Timothy 3:16-17


2 Samuel 23:3 (ESV)

3The God of Israel has spoken; the Rock of Israel has said to me: When one rules justly over men, ruling in the fear of God,

Psalm 18:2 (ASV)

2 Jehovah is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

Deuteronomy 32:4 (ESV)

4“The Rock, his work is perfect,   for all his ways are justice. A God of faithfulness and without iniquity, just and upright is he.

God is here described as “the Rock of Israel,” as “my rock,” and as “my stronghold,” thus carrying the sense that God is a rock-solid source of security.


Psalm 84:11

11For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly.

God is the Source of light, life, energy, who protects his people.

Psalm 121:5 (UASV)

5 Jehovah is your keeper; Jehovah is your shade on your right hand.

Isaiah 51:16 (ESV)

16And I have put my words in your mouth and covered you in the shadow of my hand, establishing the heavens and laying the foundations of the earth, and saying to Zion, ‘You are my people.’”

If any have ever been to Death Valley, “which is a desert valley located in Eastern California. Situated within the Mojave Desert, it is the lowest and driest area in North America, and currently the hottest in the world. Death Valley’s Furnace Creek holds the record for the highest reliably reported air temperature in the world, 134 °F (56.7 °C) on July 10, 1913.”[3] If stranded, when the sweltering sun is beating down at midday, a place of shade could mean the difference between life and death. In the same way, God can protect us from the heat of the disasters of this human imperfection, and the evil world that surrounds us.

Psalm 17:8

 8Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings,

The Hebrew word ʼishohn (Deut. 32:10; Pro 7:2), when used with ʽayin (eye), it literally means “little man of the eye”; likewise, bath (daughter) is used at Lamentations 2:18 with the idea “daughter of the eye,” both denoting the pupil. The two are joined for emphasis at Psalm 17:8 (ʼishohn bath-ʽayin), literally, “little man, daughter of the eye” (“pupil of the eyeball”). “The black center of the eyeball, formally, “the little man (of the eye),” often translated as “the apple of the eye,” an idiom of care and love.”[4] The allusion is obviously to the small image of oneself, which can be seen reflected in that part of another’s eye.

The eyes are one of the most tender and sensitive parts of the human body, and even a microscopic piece of dust can cause serious irritation if it gets between lid and eyeball. Even the slightest damage to the cornea covering the pupil, it will become cloudy through disease, resulting in distorted vision or possible blindness. Proverbs 7:2 reads “Keep my commandments and live, And my teaching as the apple [lit., pupil] of your eye.” This means that God’s laws and teachings are to be guarded with paramount care. In the above Psalm, 17:8, David is asking God to be quick to come to his rescue when the enemies attacked, just as we would quickly react if some foreign object is getting in our eye.

Ephesians 1:18

18 having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints,

“Eyes of your heart” is a Hebrew Scripture expression, meaning spiritual insight, to grasp the truth of God’s Word. So we could pray for the guidance of God’s Spirit, and at the same time, we can explain why there are so many different understandings (many wrong answers), some of which contradict each other, as being human imperfection that is diluting some of those interpreters, causing them to lose the Spirit’s guidance. When we say spiritual guidance, we are not saying the Holy Spirit is guiding the Christian along, but that the Word of God is inspirited, and it is a guide. Therefore, if we objectively apply biblical interpretation rules and principles in a balanced manner, Holy Spirit guides us.

A person sits down to study and prays earnestly for the guidance of Holy Spirit, that his mental disposition be in harmony with God’s Word [or simply that his heart be in harmony with . . .], and sets out to study a chapter, an article, something biblical. In the process of that study, he allows himself to be moved, not by a mental disposition in harmony with the Spirit, but by human imperfection, by way of his wrong worldview, his biases, his preunderstanding.[5]

Psalm 36:7

 7How precious is your steadfast love, O God! The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings.

God’s “steadfast love” is nothing like any human ruler could ever hope to possess. Rather, there is a strong and secure sense, as well as loyalty essential in it. This quality is displayed naturally toward all, but especially to those, who remain loyal to him. An eagle is a large bird of prey, and any eaglet that might sour beneath its wings would have no need of fearing anything. King David received such protection from God on many occasions, so well could David write the words found in Psalm 36:7.

Psalm 103:12

12as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.

We will notice in Psalm 103:12, that God removes the sins of the repentant one as far as the east is from the west. The picture being painted is, to the human mind that is the farthest we can remove something, as there is no greater distance.

Isaiah 38:17

17 Behold, it was for my welfare that I had great bitterness; but in love you have delivered my life from the pit of destruction, for you have cast all my sins behind your back.

In Isaiah 38, we are given another visual, God throwing our sins behind his back, meaning he can no longer see them, as they are out of sight, thus out of mind.

Micah 7:19

19He will again have compassion on us; he will tread our iniquities underfoot. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.

In Micah, our last example, we see that God hurls all of the sins of a repentant person into the depths of the sea. In the setting of the ancient person, this meant that retrieving them was literally impossible. In other words, God has removed them, never to be retrieved or brought to mind ever again. This was the viewpoint that he had before Jesus ever even offered himself as a ransom sacrifice.

Word Pictures and Jesus

John 1:34

34And I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God.

Of course, God, the Father, does not literally have a wife, producing a Son, as he is Spirit. So this expression, Son of God, is a word picture, to better help us understand the relationship between two different persons.

John 15:1, 4

 1 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.”

These are word pictures, used to help us better understand the role that the Son is playing in the outworking of the Father’s will and purposes. What point is this word picture making for us? If a literal branch is to remain alive, it must remain connected to the trunk. In this same way, a disciple of Christ must abide in Jesus (remain in him). Yes, ‘apart from Jesus we can do nothing.’ (John 15:5) In addition, the cultivator of a vine expects that it will produce fruit, the ‘Father is glorified, that we bear much fruit and so prove to be Jesus’ disciples.’–John 15:8

What important points does this word picture teach? To remain alive and fruitful, the branches of a literal vine must remain attached to the trunk. Similarly, Christ’s disciples must remain in union with him. “Apart from me you can do nothing at all,” Jesus said. (John 15:5) And just as a cultivator expects a vine to produce fruit, Jehovah expects those in union with Christ to produce spiritual fruitage.—John 15:8.

Word Pictures and the Similarity

One can never find the meaning of the word picture, without finding the similarity. In fact, as our example below illustrates, to miss the mark is dangerous, if taken the wrong way.

Romans 12:20

20To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.”

Are we to infer that Paul was suggesting a retaliate attitude? No. Here we have to go back to the historical setting of the first-century. The melting of ore in order to get metal from it was accomplished by heaping the hot coals on top of the ore. This process was to soften the metal to cause impurities to separate. The similarity is that we are to soften the enemy with loving kindness, rapport and bring out the good in him.

Luke 11:4

4and forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation.”

Do our sins feel like a debt to us? Therefore, we are moved emotionally, when God ‘forgives our transgressions and covers our sins.’–Psalm 32:1

Word Pictures

 The word picture is capable of taking a difficult concept and using an easier one, to help us wrap our mind around the difficulty. There can be multiple word pictures, to highlight the different aspects of the subject. The word picture may be used to emphasize the concept the author is trying to bring out, more memorable, more appealing.

Recognizing the Different Features

WORD PICTURE: “He is like a tree planted by streams of water.” (Psalm 1:3)

TOPIC: Us (those of us who love God’s Word, vs. 1-2)

IMAGE: tree planted by streams of water

SIMILARITY IN CONTEXT: life is drawn through the root from the water; we draw spiritual vitality through God’s Word

LESSON: Just as a tree that is most healthy by being next to its life-sustaining element of water, we are most healthy when we are in the Word of personal study, meeting, ministry, and evangelism.

Review Questions

  • How do biblical word pictures help us grasp the immensity of God as a person, with infinite power, love, justice, and wisdom?
  • What does the expressions “his greatness is unsearchable” and “the thunder of his power who can understand” stress?
  • How are we to understand the word picture Psalm 145:3?
  • Explain the word picture of Psalm 23:1.
  • What does the book say about the word pictures of Psalm 32:8?
  • What is the import of the word pictures in Psalm 121:5 and Isaiah 51:16?
  • How would we explain the word picture of Psalm 17:8?
  • How are we to understand the word picture of Ephesians 1:18?
  •  Walk through the remaining word pictures, giving the gist of each.

[1] The Milky Way galaxy is some 600 quadrillion miles [about a quintillion km] in diameter, yes, 600,000,000,000,000,000 miles, and this one galaxy contains over 400 billion stars! The average distance between stars within the galaxy is about 36 trillion miles.





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THE EVANGELISM HANDBOOK is a practical guide (for real-life application) in aiding all Christians in sharing biblical beliefs, the Good News of the kingdom, how to deal with Bible critics, overturning false beliefs, so as to make disciples, as commanded by Christ. Matthew 24:14; …

YOUR GUIDE FOR DEFENDING THE BIBLE: Self-Education of the Bible Made Easy [Third Edition]YOUR GUIDE FOR DEFENDING THE BIBLE: Self-Education of the Bible Made Easy [Third Edition]

The reader will receive eight small introductory books in this one publication. Andrews’ intention is to offer his reader several chapters on eight of the most critical subject areas of understanding and defending the Word of God. This will enable the reader to lay a solid foundation for …

THE CULTURE WAR: How the West Lost Its Greatness & Was Weakened From WithinTHE CULTURE WAR: How the West Lost Its Greatness & Was Weakened From Within 

The Culture War. How the West lost its greatness and was weakened from within outlines how the West lost its values, causing its current decline. It is a forceful attack on the extreme liberal, anti-religious ideology which since the1960’s has permeated the Western culture and …

EARLY CHRISTIANITY IN THE FIRST CENTURY Jesus' Witnesses to the Ends of the EarthEARLY CHRISTIANITY IN THE FIRST CENTURY Jesus’ Witnesses to the Ends of the Earth

EARLY CHRISTIANITY IN THE FIRST CENTURY will give its readers a thrilling account of first-century Christianity. When and how did they come to be called Christians? Who are all obligated to be Christian evangelists? In what way did Jesus set the example for our evangelism? What is the …

CRISIS OF FAITH: Saving Those Who DoubtCRISIS OF FAITH Saving Those Who Doubt 

Inside of some Christians unbeknownst to their family, friends or congregation, they are screaming, “I doubt, I doubt, I have very grave doubts!” OURS is an age of doubt. Skepticism has become fashionable. We are urged to question everything: especially the existence of God and the …

Investigating Jehovah's Witnesses: Why 1914 Is Important to Jehovah?s WitnessesINVESTIGATING JEHOVAH?S WITNESSES: Why 1914 Is Important to Jehovah?s Witnesses

The intention of this book is to investigate the biblical chronology behind Jehovah’s Witnesses most controversial doctrinal position that Jesus began to rule invisibly from heaven in October 1914. This biblical chronology of the Witnesses hinges upon their belief that the destruction of …

Translation and Textual Criticism

THE COMPLETE GUIDE to BIBLE TRANSLATION: Bible Translation Choices and Translation Principles [Second Edition]THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO BIBLE TRANSLATION: Bible Translation Choices and Translation Principles [Second Edition] 

THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO BIBLE TRANSLATION (CGBT) is for all individuals interested in how the Bible came down to us, as well as having an insight into the Bible translation process. CGBT is also for those who are interested in which translation(s) would be the most beneficial to use.

CHOOSING YOUR BIBLE: Bible Translation DifferencesCHOOSING YOUR BIBLE: Bible Translation Differences

There are more than 150 different Bible translations in the English language alone. Some are what we call literal translations, which seeks to give the reader the exact English equivalent of what was written in the original language text, thus allowing the reader access to the actual Word …

THE TEXT OF THE NEW TESTAMENT The Science and Art of Textual CriticismTHE TEXT OF THE NEW TESTAMENT: The Science and Art of Textual Criticism

THE TEXT OF THE NEW TESTAMENT was copied and recopied by hand for 1,500 years. Regardless of those scribes who had worked very hard to be faithful in their copying, errors crept into the text. How can we be confident that what we have today is the Word of God? Wilkins and Andrews …

MISREPRESENTING JESUS: Debunking Bart D. Ehrman's "Misquoting Jesus" [Third Edition]MISREPRESENTING JESUS: Debunking Bart D. Ehrman’s “Misquoting Jesus” [Third Edition]

Edward D. Andrews boldly answers the challenges Bart D. Ehrman alleges against the fully inerrant, Spirit-inspired, authoritative Word of God. By glimpsing into the life of Bart D. Ehrman and following along his course of academic studies, Andrews helps the reader to understand the …

Biblical Studies

HOW TO STUDY YOUR BIBLE: Rightly Handling the Word of GodHOW TO STUDY YOUR BIBLE: Rightly Handling the Word of God

A comprehensive book on HOW TO STUDY YOUR BIBLE by observing, interpreting, and applying, which will focus on the most basic Bible study tools, principles, and processes for moving from an in-depth reading of the Scriptures to application. What, though, if you have long felt that you are …

THE NEW TESTAMENT: Its Background, Setting & ContentTHE NEW TESTAMENT: Its Background, Setting & Content

…the author’s intended meaning to his original readers and how that meaning can then apply to us. Marshall gives you what you need for deeper and richer Bible study. Dr. Lee M. Fields writes, “‘Deep’ study is no guarantee that mature faith will result, but shallow study guarantees …

THE LIFE OF JESUS CHRIST: What Do You Know About Jesus? [Updated and Expanded]THE LIFE OF JESUS CHRIST: What Do You Know About Jesus? [Updated and Expanded] 

The life of Christ is an exhaustless theme. It reveals a character of greater massiveness than the hills, of a more serene beauty than the stars, of sweeter fragrance than the flowers, higher than the heavens in sublimity and deeper than the seas in mystery. As good Jean Paul has …

THE LIFE OF THE APOSTLE PAUL: The Apostle to the Nations [Updated and Expanded]THE LIFE OF THE APOSTLE PAUL: The Apostle to the Nations [Updated and Expanded] 

Stalker’s Life of St. Paul became one of the most widely read and respected biographies of the Apostle to the Gentiles. As an insightful compendium on the life of Paul, this work is of particular interest to pastors and teachers who desire to add realism and vividness to their account of …

INTERPRETING THE BIBLE: Introduction to Biblical HermeneuticsINTERPRETING THE BIBLE: Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics

Delving into the basics of biblical interpretation, Edward D. Andrews has provided a complete hands-on guide to understanding what the author meant by the words that he used from the conservative grammatical-historical perspective. He teaches how to study the Bible on a deep, scholarly …

HOW TO INTERPRET THE BIBLE: An Introduction to HermeneuticsHOW TO INTERPRET THE BIBLE: An Introduction to Hermeneutics

…Linguistic and literary factors are analyzed so that the various genres of Scripture are examined for their true meaning. The importance of having sound principles of interpretation cannot be overstated as to ignore them will result in all manner of erroneous assumptions. Beville presents …

THE CHURCH COMMUNITY IN CONTEMPORARY CULTURE: Evangelism and Engagement with Postmodern PeopleTHE CHURCH COMMUNITY IN CONTEMPORARY CULTURE: Evangelism and Engagement with Postmodern People

Once upon a time, Postmodernism was a buzz word. It pronounced Modernism dead or at least in the throes of death. It was a wave that swept over Christendom, promising to wash away sterile, dogmatic and outmoded forms of church. But whatever happened to postmodernism? It was regarded …


church. It offers an appointment with the Great Physician that no Christian can afford to ignore. Developing Healthy ChurchesA Case-Study in Revelationbegins with a well-researched outline of the origins and development of the church health movement. With that background in mind the …

DYING TO KILL: A Christian Perspective on Euthanasia and Assisted SuicideDYING TO KILL: A Christian Perspective on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide

…liberties in a multi-cultural society that is becoming increasingly secular. This work provides an ethical framework in which euthanasia and assisted suicide can be evaluated. These issues are on the radar indicating a collision course with Christian values. It is time for Christians to be …


Journey with Jesus through the Message of Mark is an insightful and engaging survey of Mark‘s Gospel, exploring each major section of the text along with key themes. It is a work that can be enjoyed by laypersons as well as pastors and teachers. Pastors will find the abundant use …

ANGELS & DEMONS: The Bible AnswersANGELS & DEMONS The Bible Answers

What are angels & demons? Can angels help us? What does the Bible say about angels? What is the truth about angels? Can Angels affect your life? Who were the “sons of God” in Genesis 6:2? Who were the Nephilim in Genesis 6:2? Who is Michael the archangel? Can Satan the Devil control …

Bible Doctrines

WHERE ARE THE DEAD? Basic Bible Doctrines of the Christian FaithWHERE ARE THE DEAD? Basic Bible Doctrines of the Christian Faith

What is the Bible’s viewpoint? Without delving into an endless stream of what man has said, Andrews looks at what the Bible says about death and the like. Why do we grow old and die? What happens at death? Is there life after death, or is this all there is? Do we have an immortal soul? …

IDENTIFYING THE ANTICHRIST: The Man of Lawlessness and the Mark of the Beast RevealedIDENTIFYING THE ANTICHRIST: The Man of Lawlessness and the Mark of the Beast Revealed

Herein Andrews will give the reader exactly what the Bible offers on exposing who the Antichrist and the Man of Lawlessness are. If we look at the texts that refer to the antichrist and the man of lawlessness, we will have lines of evidence that will enable us to identify them. Why is it …

UNDERSTANDING THE CREATION ACCOUNT: Basic Bible Doctrines of the Christian FaithUNDERSTANDING THE CREATION ACCOUNT: Basic Bible Doctrines of the Christian Faith

Throughout the Scriptures, God is identified as the Creator. He is the One “who created the heavens (He is the God who formed the earth and made it, He established it.” [Isa 45:18] He is the One “who forms mountains and creates the wind” (Am 4:13) and is the One “who made the heaven and …

The SECOND COMING of CHRIST: Basic Bible Doctrines of the Christian FaithThe SECOND COMING of CHRIST: Basic Bible Doctrines of the Christian Faith

The information herein is based on the disciples coming to Jesus privately, saying, “Tell us, (1) when will these things be, and (2) what will be the sign of your coming, and (3) of the end of the age?” (Matthew 24:3) What will end? When will the end come? What comes after the end? Who …

WHAT IS HELL? Basic Bible Doctrines of the Christian FaithWHAT IS HELL? Basic Bible Doctrines of the Christian Faith

What Really Is Hell? What Kind of Place is Hell? What Really Happens at Death? What Did Jesus Teach About Hell? How Does Learning the Truth About Hell Affect You? Who Goes to Hell? What Is Hell? Is It a Place of Eternal Torment? Does God Punish People in Hellfire? Do the Wicked Suffer in …

Miracles? - Do They Still Happen Today?: God Miraculously Saving People’s Lives, Apparitions, Speaking In Tongues, Faith HealingMIRACLES – DO THEY STILL HAPPEN TODAY? God Miraculously Saving People’s Lives, Apparitions, Speaking In Tongues, Faith Healing 

Miracles were certainly a part of certain periods in Bible times. What about today? Are miracles still taking place. There are some very important subjects that surround this area of discussion that are often misunderstood. Andrews will answer such questions as does God step in and solve …

HOMOSEXUALITY - The BIBLE and the CHRISTIAN: Basic Bible Doctrines of the Christian FaithHOMOSEXUALITY – The BIBLE and the CHRISTIAN: Basic Bible Doctrines of the Christian Faith

Today there are many questions about homosexuality as it relates to the Bible and Christians. What does the Bible say about homosexuality? Does genetics, environment, or traumatic life experiences justify homosexuality? What is God’s will for people with same-sex attractions? Does the …

Christian Fiction

THE DIARY OF JUDAS ISCARIOT: How to Keep Jesus at Arm's LengthTHE DIARY OF JUDAS ISCARIOT: How to Keep Jesus at Arm’s Length

…desert but none of such significance as a handful of scrolls retrieved from a buried Roman satchel (presumed stolen) at this site. The discovery has since come to be known as ‘The Diary of Judas Iscariot.’ In The Diary of JudasIscariot Owen Batstone relates the observations and feelings …

THE RAPTURE: God’s Unwelcomed WrathTHE RAPTURE: God’s Unwelcomed Wrath

Kevin Trill struggles with the notion that he may have missed the Rapture. With nothing but the clothes on his back and a solid gold pocket watch, he sets off towards Garbor, a safe haven for those who haven’t yet taken the mark of thebeast. While on his way to Garbor, he meets up …

SEEKERS AND DECEIVERS: Which One are You? It Is Time to Join the Fight!

There grew an element in the valley that did not want to be ruled by the Light of the Word. Over time, they convinced the people to reject it. As they started to reject this Light, the valley grew dim and the fog rolled in. The people craved the darkness rather than the Light because they were evil. They did not want to  …

The Shadow Flames of Uluru: Book ONE in the CHAOS DOWN UNDER 

When an ancestor saddles them with the responsibility to purge Australia of a demon threatening to wipe our humanity with black flames, fraternal siblings Amber and Michael Hauksby lay their lives on the line. As the world crumbles around them into chaos, and ancient marsupials wreak havoc in their hometown, they must journey into …

WRITE PLACE, RIGHT TIME: The Pre-Apocalyptic Misadventure of a Freelance Journalist 

“Write Place, Right Time” follows the pre-apocalyptic misadventures of freelance journalist Don Lamplighter. While on what he expects to be a routine Monday night trip to a village board meeting, Lamplighter’s good nature compels him to help a stranded vehicle. Little does he know that by saving one of the car’s occupants, he sets forth a chain of what to him seem to be unrelated events where he must use his physical and social skills to save himself and others from precarious situations.

[2] Literally kidneys, figurative for inner man


[4] William D. Mounce, Mounce’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old & New Testament Words (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2006), 893.

[5] Preunderstanding is all of the knowledge and understanding that we possess before we begin the study of the text.

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