Bible Terms and Definitions
The following terms are defined:
The millennium is the one thousand year reign of Christ on earth. The nature of the reign will be a theocracy. (A theocracy4 is a government ruled by God.) Jesus will rule as King. (Jeremiah 23:5; Luke 1:30-33) The capital city will be Jerusalem. (Isaiah 2:1-4) The earth will be renovated. (Isaiah 65:7; Romans 8:19-21)
The millennial reign begins with the Second Coming of Jesus at the close of the Seventh Week of Daniel. (Matthew 24:29,30; Revelation 19:11-14; Daniel 7:21,22; Zechariah 14:3-9) During the millennium,
- The living nations will be judged. (Matthew 25)
- The Jews will be restored to their land. (Isaiah 11:11; 60)
- The Antichrist and the enemies of God’s people will be destroyed. (Revelation 19:20; 20:0)
The word mystery comes from the Greek word musterion. In a non-biblical sense it means knowledge withheld, concealed or silenced. In a biblical sense, it means truth revealed. (Colossians 1:26) In the New Testament it means truth that man could not know by his own understanding, but know by a revelation from God.
Some of the mysteries of the New Testament are:
- The mysteries of the Kingdom. (Matthew 13:11)
- The mystery of Jesus Christ. (Romans 16:25-29)
- Christ in you, the hope of glory. (Colossians 1:27)
- The mystery of godliness. (1 Timothy 3:16)
- The mystery of iniquity. (2 Thessalonians 2:7)
- The mystery that all believers shall be changed. (1 Corinthians 15:51)
The three primary names of God used in the King James Version of the Bible indicated by various type-faces are Elohim, Adonai and Jehovah. Elohim or El means the Strong One. (Genesis 1:1) Adonai means Master. (Genesis 15:2) Jehovah means the Self-Existent One. (Genesis 2:4)
These three names appear in seven different combinations with the other names. They are
- El Shaddai - Almighty God.
- El Elyon - Most High God.
- El Gibbor – Mighty God.
- El Olam – Everlasting God.
- Adnoai Jehovah – The Lord God.
- Jehovah Elohim – The Self-Existent Strong One.
- Jehovah Sabaath – The Lord of Hosts.
The four words Gentiles, heathen, nations and peoples as used in the scriptures are represented by one Hebrew word in the Old Testament and one Greek word in the New Testament. These words are not the same as the Jews and the Church. The Jews are the descendents of Abraham through Isaac. The Church is made up of persons who belong to the Lord Jesus Christ. They are called out of the world. Persons who belong to the Lord can be Jews and/or Gentiles.
The word occult refers to practices of spiritism, divination and astrology. (Leviticus 19:31; Deuteronomy 18:9-12) The Bible condemns this practice. (Galatians 5:20) The New Testament calls it witchcraft or sorcery and a work of the flesh. (Galatians 5:19)
Palestine is the land of Israel. It is called the navel of the earth. It is located at the crossroads of three continents. It is the land given by God to the Jews as their inheritance.
The word race generally refers to tracts acquired through genetics. The Bible de-emphasizes this and stresses spiritual identity. In Christ Jesus, there is neither Jew nor Greek. (Galatians 3:28) God judged Miriam, the sister of Moses, for condemning Moses’ interracial marriage. (Numbers 12:1-16)