The Hebrew Scriptures contain three major figures: the priest, the prophet, and the king. The priest stands between the people and God, and he speaks to God on behalf of the people; the prophet stands between God and the people, and he speaks to the people on behalf of God; and the king represents God in the affairs of the nation.
Prophets are emphatically not seers who gaze into the future and predict far-off events; they are God's spokesmen who always speak into their own historical context. Sometimes what they say may foreshadow messianic or "end time" events, but they always have an immediate historical reference. Consequently, understanding a prophet's historical context is essential to understanding his message.
In this series, biblical scholar and master teacher, Dr. Bill Creasy, explores in-depth the major prophets: Isaiah, Jeremiah (who also writes Lamentations), Ezekiel, and Daniel. Isaiah functions as a prophet from 740-686 BC, during the time that Assyria defeats the northern kingdom of Israel; Jeremiah serves as a prophet from 626-586 BC, during the time Babylon attacks the southern kingdom of Judah and sacks Jerusalem (Lamentations is Jeremiah's eye-witness account of the siege of Jerusalem, 588-586 BC; he is in the city during the siege); Ezekiel serves as a prophet from 593-573 BC, while living as a captive in Babylon; and Daniel serves as a prophet from 605-539 BC, while he, too, is living as a captive in Babylon.
All four major prophets are brilliant literary works, each written within distinct genres, and each crafted in distinctive styles. There are many misconceptions about prophets and biblical prophecy, and in this series Dr. Bill Creasy sets the record straight with the penetrating insight of a seasoned literary and biblical scholar and masterful teaching that both instructs and delights!