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THE BOOK OF ISAIAH: SALVATION OF A NATION AND THE FUTURE MESSIAH

Nov
30

Isaiah ministered during the rule of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah. His primary focus was the coming judgment on the southern kingdom of Judah due to its great wickedness. Isaiah identified the root of Judah’s trouble as its idolatry and apostasy. Although he spoke of judgments on other nations as well, he urged the kings and the people to put their trust in God rather than in alliances with earthly powers. He comforted his people with the realization that God loves those who are faithful to Him and keep His commandments. He spoke of the future Messiah who would come to redeem the nation and restore the Kingdom.

The central messages of the book of Isaiah are the holiness of God and the coming of Messiah Yeshua, who would come to provide peace, forgiveness, and salvation to all who would put their faith and hope in him. Isaiah foretells both the birth of Messiah Yehusa (Christ Jesus) and his death as the final sacrifice for the sins of humanity. God is highly exalted above all his creatures. His moral perfection stands in contrast to evil people and nations. God is perfect and sinless in all his motives and actions, so he is in perfect control of his power, judgment, love, and mercy. His holy nature is our yardstick for morality. Because God is without sin, he alone can help us with our sin. It is only right that we regard him as supreme in power and moral perfection. We must never treat God as common or ordinary. He alone deserves our devotion and praise. He is always truthful, fair, and just.

Because God is Holy, he requires his people to treat others justly. He promised to punish Israel, Judah, and other nations for faithless immorality and idolatry. True faith had degenerated into national pride and empty religious rituals. We must trust in God alone and fulfill his commands. We cannot forsake justice nor give in to selfishness. If we harden our heart against his message, punishment will surely come to us. Because God’s judgment is coming, we need a Savior. No man or nation can be saved without God’s help. Messiah’s perfect sacrifice for our sins is foretold and portrayed in Isaiah. All who trust God can be freed from their sin and restored to him. Messiah Yeshua died to save us from our sin. We cannot save ourselves. He is willing to save all those who turn from their sin and come to him. Salvation is from God alone. No amount of good works can earn it.

God will send the Messiah Yeshua to save his people. He will set up his own Kingdom as the faithful Prince of Peace, who rules with righteousness. He will come as sovereign Lord, but he will do so as a servant who will die to take away sins. Our trust must be in the Messiah Yeshua, not in ourselves or in any nation or power. There is no hope unless we believe in him. Trust Messiah fully and let him rule in your life as your sovereign Lord. God promises comfort, deliverance, and restoration in his future Kingdom. The Messiah will rule over his faithful followers in the age to come. Hope is possible because Messiah Yeshua is coming. We can be refreshed because there is compassion for those who repent. No matter how bleak our situation or how evil the world is, we must continue to be God’s faithful people who hope for his return.

THE PROPET ISAIAH

The prophet Isaiah was a man of royal blood, his father, Amoz, being a younger son of Joash, King of Judah. He was a man with a strong and commanding personality, who became a statesman and he wielded tremendous influence for good in the State. He married a woman who shared the same prophetic gift, he had two sons, he labored for sixty years, and he died a martyr in the reign of Manasseh.

LITERARY STYLE OF THE BOOK

The prophet Isaiah is the William Shakespeare of the Sacred Hebrew Scriptures because he writes in one of the most beautiful and sublime styles of all the prophetic writers. He has been called the greatest of the prophets. With the exception of chapters 36 to 39, the book of Isaiah is decorated with poetry, science,  and eschatology. The book is immersed in metaphors. His description for the coming Messiah was endowed with eloquence and dramatic language. As the New Testament Christian Scriptures present Messiah Yeshua as its major theme, so does Isaiah the prophet present Messiah Yeshua as his theme. The Book of Isaiah has been called the 5th Gospel because Messiah Yeshua’s virgin birth (Isaiah 7:14; Isaiah 9:6), His character, His life, His death, His resurrection, and His second coming are all found in Isaiah’s book with certainty and clarity.

There are 66 books in the Holy Scriptures and 66 chapters in the Book of Isaiah. There are 39 books in the Old Testament Hebrew Scriptures and 39 chapters about the God’s Law and God’s government in the Book of Isaiah. There are 27 books in the New Testament Christian Scriptures and 27 chapters on the subject of grace and God’s salvation for humanity in the Book of Isaiah. Additionally, there are 66 direct quotations from Isaiah in the New Testament Christian Scriptures.

SUMMARY OF CHAPTERS AND ANALYSIS

The book of Isaiah can be divided into three sections involving denunciation, history, and restoration.  The first section (chapters 1 to 35) begins with Lord’s giving the reason for the impending judgment and captivity of Israel, but ends with blessing and the restoration of Israel.   The second section (chapters 36 to 39) gives the Lord’s intervention and deliverance of Israel. The third section (chapters 40 to 66) is in three parts, two of which end with refrain: “there is

no peace says my God to the wicked’ and the third part concludes with the death of the wicked. The first section begins with a vision and the third section begins with a voice.  The third section begins and ends like the New Testament Christian Scriptures, which is with John the Baptist in the Wilderness and a New Heaven and Earth. The threats and announce of judgments are all balanced with promises of blessing and assurances of a glorious restoration.

RELATED SOURCES

Biblical Mysteries; Donald P. Ryan, Ph.D; 2000. The Bible; Jim Bell and Stan Cambell; 1999. The Complete Guide to the Bible; Stephen M. Miller; 2007. The Hand Writing of God; Dr. Grant Jeffrey; 2000. The Signature of God; Dr. Grant Jeffrey; 2010. The Septuagint With Apocrypha: English; Sir Lancelot C.L. Brenton; 1851. Book of Isaiah; Dr. J. Vernon McGee; 1988. Bible Outline by Robert Lee.

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PROPHETIC VISIONS OF AMERICA’S DESTRUCTION

Nov
29

Since the days of George Washington to the modern era, many prophets have experience visions of America’s future destruction by fire and warfare. Analysis of the following prophetic visions revealed that Michael Boldea saw America’s future destruction following three major attacks; Dumitru Duduman saw America’s destruction following a Russian Invasion; David Wilkerson saw America’s destruction following an economic collapse then a Russian invasion; Henry Gruver saw a Russian invasion of America; Rev. A. A.  Allen saw America’s end by Russian invasion forces; David E Taylor saw America’s destruction following a Russian attack; and William Branham saw America’s Destruction by fire.

President George Washington

George Washington had a vision of an end time invasion of America by European, Asian, and African nations under a red flag. All of America will be destroyed and left with fragments of resistance until the time of Yeshua’s return to earth. During this time, the nations will be against the Lord.

Michael Boldea Jr.

Michael Boldea Jr. had a dream from the Lord about America’s destiny and its total destruction. He saw America as an eagle attacked by three snakes. Each of the snakes represented three attacks on America in the future and the third snake is its destruction. The first attack has already begun. The first snake represents the 9/11 attacks and the war in the Mideast. The second snake represents a much larger attack that will destroy a city in America. The third and final snake represents a Russian coalition of nations to attack and completely destroy America.

Dumitru Duduman

Dumitru Duduman was a Romanian pastor that smuggled bible into Russia. He was captured and torchered by the electric chair. When he was close to death Gabriel the arch angel came to him and ministered to him and by the grace of God he was expelled out of Romania. When he moved to America Dumitru Duduman received a vision from the Lord and Gabriel showed him all of Californian, Las Vegas, New York, Nevada, and Florida and was told that these cities were as Sodom and Gomorrah and that in one day it would burn. He was told that Revelation 17,18, and Ezekiel 38,39 talks of the Russian in invasion of America the Mystery Babylon of today and in one day it will burn. In one day Russia will attack America by sea and destroy America by nuclear weapons.

David Wilkerson

According to the late pastor David Wilkerson’s 1985 vision, America is going to be destroyed by fire! Sudden destruction is coming and few will escape. Unexpectedly, and in one hour, a hydrogen holocaust will engulf America and this nation will be no more. It is because America has sinned against the greatest light. Other nations are just as sinful, but none are as flooded with gospel light as America. God is going to judge America for its violence, its crimes, its backsliding, its murdering of millions of babies, its flaunting of homosexuality and sadomasochism, its corruption, its drunkenness and drug abuse, its form of godliness without power, its Luke warmness toward Messiah, its rampant divorce and adultery, its lewd pornography, its child molestations, its cheating, its robbing, its dirty movies, and its occult practices.  In one hour it will all be over. To the natural mind it is insanity to come against a prosperous, powerful nation and cry out, ‘It’s all over! Judgment is at the door! Our days are numbered!’ The Church is asleep, the congregations are at ease, and the shepherds slumber. How they will scoff and laugh at this message.  A surprise attack from Russia will destroy America in one hour. This great holocaust follows an economic collapse in America.

Henry Gruver

Henry Gruver had a vision around 1986 of the invasion of America and its total destruction by the hands of the Russians and the Chinese. He saw Russia moving by sea and air from the north to destroy America by nerve gas and nuclear weapons. The Russians will steal materials and will spoil America after the destruction. The death toll of Americans will reach over 120 million people or 60 percent of the population.  He saw a Chinese invasion force by sea invading the land. When the Chinese landed in America any civilians they saw was instantly shot and killed. America responded with World War 2 vintage warplanes against the Chinese advance invasion force. This represented the weakness of America in its national defenses.

Pastor A.A. Allen

Pastor A. A. Allen was a Pentecostal evangelical and faith healer from Voice of Healing church. He had a vision regarding America’s fall during the end times and the total destruction of America by the hands of Russia in 4 July 1954. In the vision he saw a Russian Invasion of America by poisonous nerve gas across major portions of the center of America. Just after this he saw Russia attacking America on both sides by nuclear weapons all along the coasts. And America was totally destroyed and Christians where safe in the cleft of the rock in Yeshua. This could be indicative of the Church being raptured to Heaven prior to America’s destruction.

David E. Taylor

According to David E. Taylor, the Lord showed him America’s future in two dreams. He revealed that Russia was going to attack America with its nuclear powered submarines and that Russia would win. In the first dream, I walked up to the American eagle.  The eagle was prophesying and rhyming to me, saying that Russia and America were going to war.  After this prophetic rhyme was finished, the Lord showed me a summit meeting where Former President George Bush, Sr. and some Russian officials were coming together on a Peace Treaty. However, during the break, Russia and America were plotting a war.  Russia was planning a strike against America.

William Branham

Finally, In Jun 1933 William Branham experienced a series of seven prophetic visions of the events leading to the total destruction of America in the end times. In the first vision, William Branham witnessed Benito Mussolini brutally invading Ethiopia and then himself coming to a shameful demise. In the second vision, William Branham witnessed Adolf Hitler bringing the world into a Second World War, pounding the Americans at the Siegfried Line, and coming to a mysterious end. In the third vision, Fascism and Nazism were swallowed up into Communism. A voice in the vision instructed William Branham to “watch Russia” (rather than “watch the U.S.S.R.”) indicating the eventual fall of the Soviet Union and the formation of Russia into a distinct State.

In the fourth vision, scientific achievement produced a driverless vehicle, while cars continued to be shaped more and more like an egg. The fifth vision dealt with the morality of America, and the World. Just as scientific advancement was represented by a car in the fourth vision, the decline of morality was represented by women in the fifth vision. William Branham saw women cutting their hair, acting and dressing like men, and finally almost completely abandoning their garments. In the sixth vision, a woman rose to great power in America. William Branham was not sure whether the “Woman” in this vision was a physical woman, or a religious power such as the Catholic Church. In the seventh and final vision there was an explosion, and the nation of America was turned into ashes from coast to coast. Soon after, on September 12, 1933, Leó Szilárd conceived of the idea of the nuclear chain reaction while waiting for a red light in Bloomsbury, England.

Related Sources

The Holy Bible; The Bible by Jim Bell and Stan Campbell; Learn The Bible in 24 Hours by Dr. Chuck Missler ;The Bible by Stan Campbell and James S. Bell, Jr ;The Last Days by Richard H. Perry ; and The Book of Revelations by Dr. Larry R. Helyer, PhD, and Richard Wagner; Isralestine by Bill Salus, Defend and Proclaim the Faith Blog by Dr. John Mcternan; The Next World War by Dr. Grant Jeffrey; Mideast Blog by Dr. Maurice Sklar.

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ESCHATOLOGY AND THE MIDDLE EAST FUTURE WARS

Nov
29

The Holy Scriptures predict the future with 100 percent accuracy.  The prophetic writings in the Sacred Scriptures are astonishing in its every detail.  The Holy Scriptures reveals its most detailed prophecies in its description of Mideast nations before and during the period known as “The Day of the Lord”.  The Day of the Lord describes the seven year Tribulation when God takes time to inflict 21 judgments (Revelation chapters 6 to 19) on the nations seeking to divide and destroy Israel before Messiah Yeshua returns to Earth where He establishes His 1000 year Kingdom. Analysis of the prophetic writings found in Psalm 83, Obadiah 1:15-21, Isaiah 17:1 and 24, Ezekiel 38 and 39, Zachariah 9, Daniel 11, and Revelation 19 reveals the biblical prophets wrote about three major wars in the Mideast, which will occur within the near future.  Each conflict is progressive and the wars become larger in scope, until all nations participate in the final global confrontation.

THE NEXT ARA-ISRAELI WAR

The first war is described in Psalm 83, Obadiah 1:15-21, and Isaiah 17:1. The conflict involves the Arab nations immediately surrounding the State of Israel. These nations will be completely destroyed with nuclear weapons of mass destruction (WMD).  This will be God’s judgment against militant Islam directly surrounding Israel, which is described as Esau’s house in the writings of Obadiah and elsewhere.  According to the Holy Scriptures, the countries directly surrounding Israel will be destroyed in such a way that they are uninhabitable.  This war will result in destroyed countries to the north, south, and east of Israel.  The nations destroyed are:  Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Jordan,  and portions of Saudi Arabia.   This Mideast region will become impassible due to nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons utilization.  The regions’ soil will become poisoned and nothing will live or grow there for generations. Portions of the Mideast will be on fire following the war.

THE GOG AND MAGOG WAR

The second war is described primarily in Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39, although there are other biblical passages that refer to this conflict.  In Ezekiel chapters 36 and 37, the prophet describes Israel’s national rebirth, which was fulfilled in 1948.  Later, the prophet describes this horrific battle in much detail.   The prophet wrote about this coming war around 2600 years ago.  Ezekiel lists a coalition of nations, which include Turkey, Iran, Libya, Ethiopia, portions of Eastern Europe, and other mystery nations.

The prophet does not mention the nations directly bordering Israel (These countries are: Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria) because they were all destroyed in the first war.  The remaining nations invade Israel from the north.  The destruction from this war is much greater in scope than the first war.  The destruction of the Arab nations during the first war inspired an international response for the second major war.  This will be a planned retaliatory attack against Israel.  Ezekiel identifies Russia as the chief nation among other countries coming against Israel in this war. Russia has historically been an anti-Jewish nation. It has persecuted Jews for generations.

Many biblical eschatologists often refer to this second conflict as the Gog and Magog War.  Gog is the title of a demonic spirit being. The beings title means “chief prince” and this power rules over the region of Moscow and Tobolsk.  This being is always associated with practice and beliefs in paganism, atheism, and agnosticism.  This spirit being controls the geographic region called “the land of the north”; the land of Magog, Meshech, and Tubal.  This clearly is modern Russia through its ancient tribal ancestors and its geography.

As stated earlier, Russia is not alone in its planned invasion of Israel from the north because Ezekiel identifies a coalition of nations joining Russia to attack Israel.  The prophet Ezekiel mentions Persia, which is modern day Iran. Today, Iran’s leadership wants to wipe Israel off the map.  The Ezekiel refers to Ethiopia as the land south of Egypt.  Today this includes: Sudan, Ethiopia, and Somalia.  The Sudan and Somalia are both Islamic nations.  Terrorism analysts recognize Sudan as a terrorist state that hates Israel.  Ethiopia has a large Islamic population that hates Israel.  Sudan and Somalia are a natural fit for a Russian led confederated of nations against Israel.  Ezekiel mentions ancient Libya. Today this includes: Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco.  ALL of these nations are Islamic and they hate Christians and Jews.  Ezekiel identified Togarmah as a country north of Israel.  This is modern-day Turkey, which is nearly 100 percent Muslim.  Turkey will someday line up with Russia.  Finally, the name Gomer is mentioned as taking part in this conflict.  Gomer describes Germany and Eastern European nations. Germany and many eastern Europeans still hate the Jewish people. When the Russian led coalition of nations attack Israel, the God of heaven will use His weapons of earthquakes, hailstones, and confusion to defeat the Russian led armies of Gog and Magog.  Today, America is delaying such a war from happening.  For this second war to occur, America has to be weakened and removed from the Mideast.  When America departs the Mideast region, Russia and Iran will become the dominant force in a power vacuum created by America’s absence.

THE ARMAGEDDON WORLD WAR

The third war is primarily described in Revelation chapter 19, Zachariah 9, and Daniel chapters 2, 7, and 11, which involves the Anti-Messiah’s Army against  and a massive coalition of other nations. The Anti-Messiah’s Army will comprise Middle Eastern nations and his forces will fight against China,India, and other nations for control of Israel and the Mideast regions. Biblical eschatologists called this conflict the final war of Armageddon.  This is the final struggle between good and evil when Messiah Yeshua returns to Earth.  In this battle, God supernaturally destroys the largest fielded army in military history.  This battle concludes mankind’s violent and bloody rule over the nations.  Armageddon is the third and final attempt to destroy Israel and take Jerusalem.   In the previous battles, there is no biblical evidence that any army overrun Jerusalem. However, during this final battle, a vast army invades the Mideast from Asia.  All of Asia is at this battle, along with the other nations of the world.  This army from Asia numbers 200 million soldiers. This army will cross the dried up Euphrates river, but before it does, it proliferates into other nations and kills a third of mankind that is still alive during this global war.  Like the previous battle of Magog, this army meets its doom on the mountains of Israel.

This massive army floods the Megiddo valley before it reaches Jerusalem.  This military force nearly annihilates Israel and Jerusalem before God obliterates the army. Messiah Yeshua’s direct interference halts this army’s campaign.  This is the moment of His amazing second coming.  He personally finishes the armies gathered for Armageddon and defends His covenant land and people.   According to the prophet Zechariah,  Yeshua stands in Jerusalem on the Mount of Olives.  There is a massive earthquake that splits the mountain. Yeshua is in His full glory. His glory devastates this invading army.  Finally, the nation of Israel embraces its only true Messiah. During this time, Yeshua begins His Messianic reign for 1,000 years of peace, joy, and perfection in heaven and on Earth.

RELATED SOURCES

The Holy Bible; The Bible by Jim Bell and Stan Campbell; Learn The Bible in 24 Hours by Dr. Chuck Missler ;The Bible by Stan Campbell and James S. Bell, Jr ;The Last Days by Richard H. Perry ; and The Book of Revelations by Dr. Larry R. Helyer, PhD, and Richard Wagner; Isralestine by Bill Salus, Defend and Proclaim the Faith Blog by Dr. John Mcternan; The Next World War by Dr. Grant Jeffrey; Mideast Blog by Dr. Maurice Sklar.

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THE BOOK OF OBADIAH REVEALS NEXT MIDEAST WAR

Nov
29

Obadiah means Yahweh’s servant. Almost nothing is known about the prophet. Obadiah probably came from Judah, because he was deeply concern about the Edomites’ migration into his land. There have been great debates about the date of the prophet. There are scholars who argue for a date of 885 BC, which suggests the time during the reign of Jehoram and Athaliah (2 Kings 8:18; 2 Kings 11:1-16).  Other scholars placed him during Jehoshaphat’s reign (2 Chronicles 17:7). If their assessment is accurate, we have a reference to Obadiah in ancient history.  Obadiah’s name was very common during that generation just as the name Joe is today. Other scholars give a date of 585 BC because they believe that Obadiah was Jeremiah’s contemporary.

Obadiah is the smallest book in the Old Testament Hebrew Scriptures because it is made up of 21 verses. However, the book’s few words do not make it less significant for modern readers today because the book’s message is crucial, relevant, realistic, and distressing.  The Book of Obadiah illustrates the Edomites’ destiny. The Edomites are people who descended from Esau, just as the Israelites are people who are descended from Jacob. Esau and Jacob’s story describes twin brothers who were Isaac and Rebekah’s sons. They were opposite twins, according to Genesis 25:24-34.

Esau hated his spiritual inheritance. The man who had the patrimony was in contact with God because he was his family’s priest. He was the man who had a covenant relationship with God. However, Esau exchanged his birthright for a soup bowl rather than have a relationship with God. Since Esau rejected God, God says “I have loved you,” says the Lord. “Yet you say, ‘In what way have You loved us?’ Was not Esau Jacob’s brother?” Says the Lord. “Yet Jacob I have loved; But Esau I have hated, And laid waste his mountains and his heritage For the jackals of the wilderness,” according to Malachi 1:1-3 (NKJV). These are strange words for God to say about any man because God does not hate people. However, the explanation is found in Obadiah’s writings.

Obadiah presents Esau as a puffed up personality. What was tiny in Esau evolved many times more in the nation. God never said at the beginning that He hated Esau, but it was not until he became a nation and revealed his disposition, which caused God to hate him: “The pride of your heart has deceived you, You who dwell in the clefts of the rock, Whose habitation is high; You who say in your heart, ‘Who will bring me down to the ground?”(Obadiah 1:3).

It was Esau’s pride that God hated.  Esau, like Jacob, had become a great nation. Israel’s descendants sojourned into the land of Canaan; Esau’s descendants migrated into the rocky Mideast regions, where archaeologists discovered the city of Petra, which was carved out of hard stone. It became an impenetrable fortification and safe from foreign invasion. A few heavily armed men could guard the narrow passages from enemy attacks. The Edomites were living in a false security. Their pride made them believe that the God of their ancestors was irrelevant and they removed God completely out of their civilization by replacing Him with false pagan gods.

Obadiah predicts that God will someday judge the Edomites. In contrast to Edom’s future defeat and humiliation, God will bless His Israeli people. After their exile in Babylon (this represents the world), they will return to possess and permanently occupy the land that God promised to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob’s descendants (Obadiah 1:15-21).

SUMMARY OF ESAU’S FUTURE

Obadiah writes that God chose Jacob and not Esau, because Esau did not honor or worship God. According to a few eschatologists, Esau’s descendants are today’s Arab nations. The Arabs are bordering the Israelis on all sides, except the Mediterranean Sea. When we analyze Obadiah 1:15-21 and Psalm 83 prophecies, we realize that the prophets were giving unfulfilled prophecies about the Arab nations’ ultimate outcome along with other ethnic populations directly surrounding future Israel. These groups include: Egypt, Babylon (Iraq), Edom (Jordan), Dedan (Saudi Arabia) and other nations. Obadiah 1:15-21 and Psalm 83 appears to accurately identify the Arab nations and these verses predict the present day Mideast crisis with 100 percent accuracy. Therefore, the next Arab-Israeli War could be the fulfillment of Obadiah and the Psalm 83 prophecies where Israel defeats her enemies by using unconventional warfare along with tactical nuclear weapons. Finally, the God of Heaven loves the Arab and Israeli people and we should all pray that God protect the innocent during this future Mideast war because many Arabs and Jews will be killed during this coming conflict.

RELATED SOURCES

The Holy Bible; The Bible by Jim Bell and Stan Campbell; Learn The Bible in 24 Hours by Dr. Chuck Missler ;The Bible by Stan Campbell and James S. Bell, Jr ;The Last Days by Richard H. Perry ; and The Book of Revelations by Dr. Larry R. Helyer, PhD, and Richard Wagner; Isralestine by Bill Salus, Defend and Proclaim the Faith Blog by Dr. John Mcternan; The Next World War by Dr. Grant Jeffrey; Mideast Blog by Dr. Maurice Sklar.

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A BRIEF LOOK AT THE 21 JUDGMENTS IN THE APOCALYPSE

Nov
29

What are the 21 judgments in the Book of Revelation? The 21 judgments are the seven seals (Revelation 6:1-17, 8:1-5 NKJV), the seven trumpets (Revelation 8:6-13; 11:15-19 NKJV), and the seven vials (Revelation 16:1-21NKJV) that originate from God. The judgments will occur within a seven year period, commonly referred to as the seven year tribulation period by eschatologists because they parallel the Seventieth Week found in Daniel’s writings (Daniel 9, 10, and 11 NKJV) and Matthew 24. God sends these judgments to planet Earth because humanity has rejected Messiah Yeshua (Christ Jesus) and accepted the anti-Messiah (anti-Christ), while seeking to divide the nation of Israel and attempting to destroy the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. God sends these judgments because the world has become extremely violent like the days of Noah (Matthew 24:37).  After God’s Church is taken to Heaven in the rapture event (1-Thessalonians 4:16; 1-Corinthians 15:50-55), God’s judgments begin when the anti-Messiah makes a covenant with Israel and they will get increasingly more destructive as the seven year tribulation period progress. The seven seals, the seven trumpets, and the seven vials judgments are prophetically linked together. The seventh seal introduces the seven trumpets (Revelation 8:1-5 NKJV), and the seventh trumpet introduces the seven vials (Revelation 11:15-19, 15:1-8 NKJV).

THE SEVEN SEALS

The first four of the seven seals are known as the four horsemen of the Apocalypse. The first seal introduces the anti-Messiah (Revelation 6:1-2 NKJV).  In other worlds, the white horseman is Satan’s anti-Messiah. He is the “prince who is to come” of Daniel’s vision of the “Seventy Weeks,” and he will confirm the covenant for “one week (seven years),” which begins the “Seventieth Week,” with Jewish people (Daniel 9:27 NKJV). This covenant will be a peace treaty between the leaders of Israel and  the Middle Eastern nations following the Mideast wars described in Psalm 83, Obadiah 1:15-21, and Ezekiel 38 and 39. The anti-Messiah will be the mastermind behind the development of this future peace treaty.

This white horseman (anti-Messiah) will be Satan’s superman released upon the world to deceive humanity. The Holy Scriptures teach that someday there will emerge a human being who will be the embodiment of Satan’s power. He will be known as the “Willful King” because he will do according to his own will. He will be the new Caesar of Caesars because he will be a brilliant military strategists and tactician. He will be Plato’s philosopher king because of his deep knowledge of the mysterious along with his ability to solve complex social problems. He will be a deeply religious personality because he will believe that he is God manifest in human flesh. However, while the anti-Messiah’s rule will first be comparatively peaceful, his Mideast peace treaty will be short-lived with the breaking of the “Second Seal.”

The second seal causes global great warfare (Revelation 6:3-4 NKJV). The red horseman means the anti-Messiah’s autocratic rule will lead to insubordination and worldwide civil wars among the nations under some great leader represented by the blood red horseman with a “Great Sword” symbolizing warfare and death caused by advanced weapon systems. This leader will probably originate either from China or India because Russia and America will no longer exist as superpower nations with the capability to challenge the Anti-Messiah’s Middle Eastern Army. These wars will continue until Messiah Yeshua defeats the Anti-Messiah during the battle of Armageddon (Revelation 19 NKJV).

The third seal causes famine (Revelation 6:5-6 NKJV). This black horseman means that famine will cause the deaths of many millions worldwide. This rider represents death following warfare. John’s apocalyptic description of what follows reflects what we would expect to see following chemical, biological and nuclear warfare.  Messiah Yeshua prophesied this event in Matthew 24:7, Luke 21, and Mark 13. Readers of these passages learn that billions of the Earth’s population will die in the near future.  The initial death will be from war as described by the Red horse. This period also describes worldwide drought conditions because of the changes in the environment triggered by advanced weapon systems (nuclear, biological, and Chemical), earthquakes, flooding, and heat waves.

The fourth seal brings about plague, further famine, and further warfare (Revelation 6:7-8 NKJV). This rider represents sickness and diseases suffered by the survivors of this global conflict. When the “Pale Horse Rider appears in John’s vision, he is given a name.  It is noteworthy that the first three horse riders are not named. The Fourth Horse Rider collected the results of the Red and Black horse Riders because wars bring death and destruction, which causes famine and diseases resulting in more death.  Another awful result from warfare, disease, and famine, are wild animals usually hunt and consume human flesh, which common during the First and Second World War.  During this period, the great predator beasts of the Earth will see human beings as simply another food source. The God of the universe will remove all animals’ inner fear of humankind.

The fifth seal describes worldwide martyrdom during the end times (Revelation 6:9-11NKJV). This seal represents the persecution and murder of Tribulation Saints worldwide. When the Fifth Seal was broken John saw souls of many martyred saints under the Holy Altar. These Martyrs, whose “souls” John saw are not the Martyrs of past generations; since they were taken up with the Christian Church Saints, but they are the Tribulation Martyrs who will be kill because they will not worship the Anti-Messiah or practice his pagan religious system (Rev. 12:11 NKJV). After the rapture and transfiguration of Christian believers and the establishment of false peace under the Anti-Messiah’s rule, worldwide persecution of newly converted Christians begins.  During the first half of the Tribulation, the Anti-Messiah will usher in a unified ecumenical religious system combining deep philosophical elements of Christianity, Islam, eastern mysticism, and paganism.  All who refuse this one world religion system will be put death by beheading.  The Anti-Messiah will use this ecumenical religious system to declare himself as messiah and god of humanity and he will demand to be the center of worship. (Daniel 11:37; 2 Thessalonians 2:4; Matthew 24:9-10 NKJV).

When the Sixth Seal is broken great “physical changes” will occur on the Earth. Here is the first, of the Earthly catastrophes to strike the Earth. After the wars, famine, diseases of the early part of the Tribulation, a massive and earthquake violently shakes the planet Earth. The writings of Matthew 24, Jeremiah 23, and Isaiah 24 parallel this cataclysmic earthshaking event. The volcanic materials released during this earthquake will cause the sun to appear darken, followed by strange events in the sky making the moon appear blood red. Stars falling from heaven describe asteroids and meteorites falling upon the planet Earth.  The Wrath of the lamb describes Messiah Yeshua’s judgment upon the nations. Those who survive are right to cry out, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! For the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand?” (Revelation 6:16-17).

Between the breaking of the “Sixth” and “Seventh” Seals there will be a pause before the next dramatic event, where 144, 000 deeply religious Jews, 12, 000 from each of the Twelve Tribes of Israel, will be sealed in their foreheads. The “Seal” may be an imprint of the “Father’s Sacred and Most Holy Name commonly referred to as Y-H-V-H or Yah-Weh (Rev. 14:1 ; 22:4 NKJV). Additionally, the Blood Washed Multitude describes the Gentiles who accept Messiah Yeshua as their Savior after the Church departed to Heaven. They are not part of the Church.

During the breaking of the Seventh Seal there will be silence in Heaven for about a half an hour. This silence gives people on Earth the opportunity to prepare themselves psychologically for the next seven judgments to follow. Following the Silence, Seven Angels in succession sound upon Seven Trumpets. This silence in heaven is consistent with the six plus one HEPTADIC pattern of biblical prophetic literature where the final event is completely different from the previous six events. Therefore, the silence in heaven significantly increases the intensity of the coming trumpet judgments.

THE SEVEN TRUMPETS

The seven trumpets are described in Revelation 8:6-13. The seven trumpets are the seventh seal’s contents (Revelation 8:1-5 NKJV). The first trumpet triggers hail and fire that annihilates most of the world’s plant life (Revelation 8:7 NKJV). The second trumpet brings about a meteor hitting the oceans and causing the death of much of the world’s sea life (Revelation 8:8-9). The third trumpet is similar to the second, except it affects the world’s lakes and rivers instead of the oceans (Revelation 8:10-11 NKJV).

The fourth of the seven trumpets causes the sun and moon to be darkened (Revelation 8:12 NKJV). The fifth trumpet results in a plague of “demonic locusts” that attack and torture humanity (Revelation 9:1-11 NKJV). The sixth trumpet releases a demonic army that kills a third of humanity (Revelation 9:12-21 NKJV). The seventh trumpet calls forth the seven angels with the seven bowls of God’s wrath (Revelation 11:15-19, 15:1-8 NKJV).

THE SEVEN VIALS

The seven vial judgments are described in Revelation 16:1-21. The seven bowl judgments are called forth by the seventh trumpet. The first bowl causes painful sores to break out on humanity (Revelation 16:2 NKJV). The second bowl results in the death of every living thing in the sea (Revelation 16:3 NKJV). The third bowl causes the rivers to turn into blood (Revelation 16:4-7 NKJV). The fourth of the seven bowls results in the sun’s heat being intensified and causing great pain (Revelation 16:8-9 NKJV). The fifth bowl causes great darkness and an intensification of the sores from the first bowl (Revelation 16:10-11 NKJV). The sixth bowl results in the Euphrates River being dried up and the armies of the Antichrist being gathered together to wage the battle of Armageddon (Revelation 16:12-14 NKJV). The seventh bowl results in a devastating earthquake followed by giant hailstones (Revelation 16:15-21 NKJV).  Revelation 16:5-7 declares of God, “You are just in these judgments, you who are and who were, the Holy One, because you have so judged; for they have shed the blood of your saints and prophets, and you have given them blood to drink as they deserve. Yes, Lord God Almighty, true and just are your judgments.”

SUMMARY OF GOD’S 21 JUDGMENTS

When we compare the Holy Bible with the Holy Bible we discover that Revelation’s general chronology is found elsewhere within God’s Holy Scriptures. The prophetic forecast Messiah Yeshua gave in Matthew 24 is similar to Revelation chapters 6-19.  Matthew 24 is a Daniel 9:27 expansion, which describes Daniel’s “seventieth week.” Thus, what Daniel described in one verse, Messiah Yeshua expanded in His classic Olivet discourse in Matthew 24, which John the revelator enlarged to fourteen chapters in Revelation.

Revelation 6-19 is Matthew 24 which is an expansion of Daniel 9:27. This informs all readers that there is unity and divine providence working throughout all the Holy Bible. The Book of Revelation is the culmination of all biblical prophecies throughout the God’s Word. Revelation 6 to 19’s seven year tribulation period is Daniel’s “seventieth week” describing the final seven years. The Revelation’s second half of the three-and-one half years corresponds to Daniel 7:25’s three-and-one-half year period. This period is called in Jeremiah 30:7 as “the time of Jacob’s trouble.” This period is 42 months or 1260 days long. Many eschatologists recognize this explanation in prophecy.

When Matthew chapter 24 and Revelation chapters 6-19 are compared, we discover many prophetic similarities. There will be false messiahs and false religious teachers (Matt. 24:4-5; Rev. 6:1-2 NKJV), many wars (Matt. 24:6; Rev. 6:3-4 NKJV), large famines (Matt. 24:7a; Rev. 6:5-6), many deaths (Matt. 24:7b-8; Rev. 6:7-8 NKJV), many martyrs (Matt. 24:9; Rev. 6:9-11 NKJV), worldwide chaos (Matt. 24:10-13; Rev. 6:12-17 NKJV), and the Kingdom’s Gospel preaching preceded by the sealing of the 144,000 (Matt. 24:14; Rev. 7:1-8 NKJV).

Finally, there will be the Holy Temple desecration along with its worship (Matt. 24:15; Rev. 13:1-10 NKJV), while persecution by the anti-Messiah will cause Israel to flee into the wilderness (Matt. 24:16-20; Rev. 12:6, 12-17 NKJV). There will be deception by the false prophet (Matt. 24:11-12; Rev. 13:11-18 NKJV), with the Second Advent terminating the seven year period (Matt. 24:27-30; Rev. 19:11-21 NKJV). Therefore, Matthew 24 is a prophetic forecast of the seven year period of Revelation chapters 6-19, sometimes called Daniel’s “Seventieth Week” (Dan. 9:27 NKJV).

RELATED SOURCES

Dictionary of Bible by Ron Rhodes; The Last Days by Richard H. Perry; the Complete Guide to Bible Prophecy by Stephen Miller; Learn The Bible in 24 Hours by Dr. Chuck Missiler; and The Book of Revelations by Larry R. Helyer, PhD.; The Next World War by Dr. Grant Jeffrey; Isralestine by Bill Salus; Revelation Road by Bill Salus; Unleashing the Beast by Perry Stone.

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A BRIEF LOOK AT THE BOOK OF JEREMIAH

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The prophet Jeremiah was the bad news bearer. His message was intended primarily to warn Judah’s people, who were living in the Israel’s southern kingdom, and Jerusalem that if they continued to live by defying God’s truth and refused to ask forgiveness for their wickedness, their destruction as a nation was inevitable. However, despite the bad news, Jeremiah also pointed to a wonderful new future hope. God would send His good shepherd, Messiah Yeshua, to lead his people into a new relationship with himself.

King Josiah’s reformation failed because the people’s repentance was shallow. They continued in their selfishness and idol worship. All the leaders rejected God’s law and will for the people. Jeremiah lists all their sins, predicts God’s judgment, and begs for repentance.  Judah’s deterioration and disaster came from the people’s callous disregard and disobedience to God. When we ignore sin and refuse to listen to God’s warning, we invite disaster and failure into our lives. Don’t settle for half measures in removing sin because there are no short cuts with God.

Because of sin, Jerusalem was destroyed, the Temple was ruined, and the people were captured and carried off to Babylon. The people were responsible for their destruction and captivity because they refused to listen to God’s message.  Un-confessed sin brings God’s full punishment. It is useless to blame anyone else for our sin; we are accountable to God before anyone else. We must answer to him for how we live.

God is the righteous Creator. He is accountable to no one but himself. He wisely and lovingly directs all creation to fulfill his plans, and he brings events to pass according to his timetable. He is Lord over all the world. Because of God’s majestic power and love, our only duty is to submit to his authority. By following his plans, not our own, we can have a loving relationship with him and serve him with our whole heart.

Jeremiah predicted that after the nation’s destruction, God would send a new shepherd, Messiah Yeshua. He would lead them into a new future, a new covenant, and a new hopeful day. He will accomplish this by changing their sinful hearts into hearts that love God.  God still transforms people by changing their hearts. His love can eliminate the problems created by transgression. We can have a new heart assurance by loving God and trusting Messiah Yeshua to save us by repenting of our transgression.

Jeremiah served God faithfully for 40 years. During that time the people ignored, rejected, and persecuted him. Jeremiah’s preaching was unsuccessful by human standards, yet he did not fail in his task. He remained faithful to God. People’s acceptance or rejection of us is not the measure of our success. God’s approval alone should be our standard for service. We must bring God’s message to others even when we are rejected. We must do God’s work even if it means suffering for it.

SUMMARY OF JEREMIAH’S MESSAGE

Jeremiah’s message was the most unwanted prophecy ever delivered to a people. He was called a traitor by many because he said that they were to yield to Babylon. Isaiah, almost a century before him, had said to resist. Why this transformation? In Jeremiah’s day surrender was the only thing left to do. In the economy of God the nation was through, and the “Gentiles Times” had already begun with Babylon, the head of gold. Jeremiah predicted the 70-year captivity in Babylon. However, he saw beyond the darkness to the light, and few prophets spoke as vividly of the future as did he. Jeremiah’s message was not only unwelcomed, but it was rejected by the nation.

Today, the United States of American appears to be headed in the same direction as ancient Israel did during Jeremiah’s generation. When America ignores sin and refuse to listen to God’s warning, this nation will invite disaster and failure upon the population. Americans must not settle for half measures in removing unrighteous from the land because there are no short cuts with God. Unless, America turns around, this nation will become a regional power and small nations will tell Americans what to do and how to live. Believers in this nation are seeking acceptance from the secular Messiah rejecting world. Christians should only seek the acceptance of Messiah Yeshua because he is the ultimate decider of a believers destiny.

RELATED SOURCES

Biblical Mysteries; Donald P. Ryan, Ph.D; 2000. The Bible; Jim Bell and Stan Cambell; 1999. The Complete Guide to the Bible; Stephen M. Miller; 2007. The Hand Writing of God; Dr. Grant Jeffrey; 2000. The Signature of God; Dr. Grant Jeffrey; 2010. The Septuagint With Apocrypha: English; Sir Lancelot C.L. Brenton; 1851. Bible Prophecies; 2013. The Book of Jeremiah; J Vernon McGee; 1988.

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A BRIEF LOOK AT THE BOOK OF DANIEL

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Distinctive amid the Hebrew prophetic books, the Book of Daniel offers us a historical account about the faithful Israelites who lived in Babylonian captivity; then it points us to the gentile nations’ future destiny through apocalyptic vision series. In book of Daniel, we find the famous story of Daniel in the lions’ den because the prophet was the victim of political and religious persecution.  The book offers us a direct prediction about Messiah Yeshua’s coming to save the world from sin.

God is omniscient, and he is in control of global events. God overrules and removes rebellious leaders who defy him. God will overcome evil; no one is exempt. However, he will deliver the faithful who follow him. Although nations battle for world control now, one day Messiah’s Kingdom will replace and surpass the kingdoms of this world. Our faith is sure because our future is secure in Messiah. We must have courage and put our faith in God, who controls everything.

Daniel and his three friends are examples of dedication and commitment. They determined to serve God regardless of the consequences. They did not give in to pressures from an ungodly society because they had a clear purpose in life. It is wise to make trusting and obeying God alone our true purpose in life. This will give us direction and peace in spite of the circumstances or consequences. We should disobey anyone who asks us to disobey God. Our first allegiance must be to God.

Daniel served for 70 years in a foreign land that was hostile to God, however, he did not compromise his faith in God. He was truthful, persistent in prayer, and disinterested in power for personal glory. In order to fulfill your life’s purpose, you need staying power. We must never let our Christian distinctness become blurred. Be relentless in our prayers, maintain our integrity, and be content to serve God wherever he puts us.

God was faithful in Daniel’s life. He delivered him from prison, from a den of lions, and from enemies who hated him. God cares for his people and deals patiently with them. We can trust God to be with us through any trial. Because he has been faithful to us, we should remain faithful to him.

SUMMARY OF DANIEL’S VISIONS

Daniel was the prophet for “the Gentiles Times.” Within his prophetic writings major portions were directly concerned with the gentile nations. With the notable exception of Daniel chapter 9, which concerns the 70 weeks, but here the emphasis is upon the interval after the cutting off of the Messiah between the 69th week and the 70th week. It is during this period that the city and sanctuary are destroyed, and “the Gentiles Times” are identified as the time when “Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles” (Luke 21:24). Evidently, the “wise men from the east” knew Daniel’s prophecy. A portion of the Book of Daniel was written in Aramaic, the Gentiles’ language of that day. All this does not imply that the Book of Daniel was not written for the nation Israel; on the contrary, Israel was acquainted with Daniel’s prophecies in his day. Ezekiel, who was with the captives, made reference to the character of Daniel and to his office as a prophet (Ezekiel 14:14, 20; 28:3). By the way, this reference to Daniel by Ezekiel, who was Daniel’s contemporary, is conclusive evidence against the theory that this book belongs to the Maccabean period of 165 BC.

The Book of Daniel chapters two and seven cover the same chronological prophetic history, commonly describe as the “Gentile Times,” and the chapters retells the same subject about the future gentile nations. These gentile nations are identified as Babylon, Media-Persia, Greece, Rome, and a revive Middle East Empire. The gold head (chapter 2) and lion (chapter 7) represent the Babylonian Empire. The silver chest and arms (chapter 2) and Bear (chapter 7) represent the Media-Persian Empire. The bronzes stomach and thighs (chapter 2) and leopard (chapter 7) represent the Greco-Macedonian Empire. And the legs of iron mixed with clay (chapter 2) and the composite beast (chapter 7) represent the Roman Empire and the future Revived World Wide Roman Empire.

Analysis of chapter two reveals how mankind view these gentile empires, while chapter seven shows how God view these empires. In other words, we see these gentile nations as part of a majestic metallic image representing the glorious history of humanity. However, God view these empires as ferocious animals devouring each other in the struggle to gain and maintain power over other wild beasts.

RELATED SOURCES

Biblical Mysteries; Donald P. Ryan, Ph.D; 2000. The Bible; Jim Bell and Stan Cambell; 1999. The Complete Guide to the Bible; Stephen M. Miller; 2007. The Hand Writing of God; Dr. Grant Jeffrey; 2000. The Signature of God; Dr. Grant Jeffrey; 2010. The Septuagint With Apocrypha: English; Sir Lancelot C.L. Brenton; 1851. Bible Prophecies; 2013. The Book of Jeremiah; J Vernon McGee; 1988.

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BOOK OF REVELATION: THE APOCALYPSE OF MESSIAH YESHUA

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The book of Revelation, where John receives a stunning vision series of the future Earth and Heavens, is by far the most unusual and difficult book in the New Testament Christian Scriptures. John writes in the highly symbolic apocalyptic style, which uses dramatic images to convey spiritual truths. Once the reader gains a basic knowledge of the symbols John uses, the meaning becomes clearer.

Revelation has three levels of interpretation. First, John writes to encourage first-century Christians suffering at the hands of the Roman Empire. Second, God uses these same words to encourage and challenge Christians to faithfulness today. And third, John points prophetically to the eventual triumph of Messiah over the forces of evil as God judges the world once for all and creates a new heaven and a new Earth.

God is sovereign. He is greater than any power in the universe. God is not to be compared with any leader, government, or religion. He controls history for the purpose of uniting true believers in loving fellowship with him. Though Satan’s power may temporarily increase, we are not to be led astray. God is all-powerful. He is in control. He will bring his true family safely into eternal life. Because he cares for us, we can trust him with our very life.

Messiah Yeshua came to Earth as a “Lamb,” the symbol of his perfect sacrifice for our sin. He will return as the triumphant “Lion,” the rightful ruler and conqueror. He will defeat Satan, settle accounts with all those who reject him, and bring his faithful people into eternity. Messiah Yeshua’s return to Earth assures suffering Christians the strength to endure. We can look forward to his return as king and judge. Since no one knows the time when he will appear, we must be ready at all times by keeping our faith strong.

John wrote to encourage the church to resist the demands to worship the Roman emperor. He warns all God’s faithful people to be devoted only to Messiah. Revelation identifies who the faithful people are and what they should be doing until Messiah returns. We can take our place in the ranks of God’s faithful people by believing in Messiah Yeshua. Victory is sure for those who resist temptation and make loyalty to Messiah their top priority.

One day God’s anger toward sin will be fully and completely unleashed. Satan will be defeated with all of his agents. False religion will be destroyed. God will reward the faithful with eternal life, but all who refuse to believe in him will face eternal punishment. Evil and injustice will not prevail forever. God’s final judgment will put an end to these. We need to be certain of our commitment to Yeshua if we want to escape this great final judgment. No one who rejects Messiah Yeshua will escape God’s punishment.

One day God will create a new heaven and a new Earth. All believers will live with him forever in perfect peace and security. Those who have already died will be raised to life. These promises for the future bring us hope. Our great hope is that what Messiah promises will come true. When we have confidence in our final destination, we can follow Messiah with unwavering dedication no matter what we must face. We can be encouraged by hoping in Messiah’s return.

INTERPRETATIONS OF THE BOOK OF REVELATION

This book has been very difficult to interpret for believers and students of eschatology and because of this challenge God will give readers and hearers of this book a special blessing (Revelation 1:3). For years, there have been many approaches to interpreting this Book of Revelation, but each theory can be divided into four major systems: the Preterist theory, historical theory, historical-spiritual theory, and futurist theory. The Preterist theory says all of Revelation has been fulfilled in the past. It had to do with local references in John’s day. It had to do with the days of either Nero or Domitian. The view was held by Renan and most German scholars, also by Elliott. However, the problem with this theory is that Messiah Yeshua never returned and set up his kingdom on Earth.

The Historical theory says the fulfillment of Revelation is going on in history, and Revelation is the prophetic history of the church, according to this theory. However, the problem with this theory is that it only focuses on Revelation chapters two and three, while ignoring the rest of the book. The Historical-Spiritual theory is a refinement of the Historical theory and was advanced by Theologian Sir William Ramsay. It argues that the two beasts are Imperial and Provincial Rome. The point of the book is to encourage Christians. According to this theory, Revelation has been largely fulfilled and there are spiritual lessons for the church today. Liberal scholars have adopted this unbiblical view because it dissipates and defeats the purpose of the book.

Finally, the Futurist theory holds that the Book of Revelation is primarily prophetic and yet future, especially from Revelation chapters 4 on to the end of the book. This is the view of many conservative premillennial prophecy scholars and it is the view embraced and accepted by scientist and eschatologist Sir Isaac Newton.

SUMMARY OF APOCALYPTIC CHAPTERS

The first chapter sketches the revelation of Messiah Yeshua to John. A voice said, “Write to the seven churches. John describes the sevenfold splendor of the glorified Son of Man. Chapter two begins Yeshua’s evaluation of the seven Churches. To the Church of Ephesus, He says renew your first love. To the Church of Smyrna,  He says be faithful until death. To the Church of Pergamum,  He says some hold false teaching. To the Church of Thyatira, He says you tolerate Jezebel. Chapter three continues Messiah Yeshua’s evaluation of the Churches. To the Church of Sardis, He says you are not alive but dead. To the Church of Philadelphia, He says you have endured in my word. However, to the Church of Laodicea, He says you are lukewarm so I will spit you out. Chapter four says John is transported to the throne room of God Almighty. John saw God seated on the throne in heaven. The four living creatures say, “Holy, holy, holy.” The elders say, “You created all things. Chapter five reveals Messiah Yeshua when John saw a Lamb standing as though slain took the scroll with seven seals. The creatures, elders and myriad angels sang, “Worthy is the Lamb!”

Chapter six begins the 21 judgments during the tribulation period when the Lamb opened four seals and the horsemen went out to destroy. With the fifth seal John saw the martyrs. With the sixth the stars fell. Chapter seven reveals that the 144,000 were sealed from the tribes. A multitude cried, “Salvation belongs to our God.” An elder said, “God will wipe every tear.” Chapter eight reveals that when the seventh seal was open there was silence. John saw seven angels. Four angels blew their trumpets and a third of the earth was destroyed. Chapter nine reveals that at the fifth trumpet, locusts from the pit tormented the earth emerge. At the sixth trumpet, four angels killed a third of mankind with fire.

Chapter 10 reveals John observation of an angel with a scroll. The angel cried out and seven thunders sounded. A voice said, “Eat the scroll.” It was sweet and then bitter. Chapter 11 reveals Moses and Elijah when the two witnesses will prophesy until the beast kills them. At the seventh trumpet, loud voices said, “Our God shall reign forever.” Chapter 12 mentions the nation of Israel as a woman giving birth and a great dragon who is Satan appears. Michael and his angels fought the dragon. The dragon was defeated and thrown out of heaven and down to planet earth. Chapter 13 reveals the Anti-Messiah and the False Prophet when John saw a beast rising out of the sea. It spoke blasphemy against God. Another beast rose and gave everyone a mark. Its number is 666. Chapter 14 mentions Messiah Yeshua and His Jewish followers when John saw the Lamb in Zion with the 144,000. Angels said, “The hour of judgment has come.” The earth was reaped with a sharp sickle. Chapter 15 reveals the proliferation of sickness and disease when John saw angels with seven plagues. Those who conquered sang, “Just are your ways, Lord!” The angels were given seven bowls of wrath.

Chapter 16 reveals worldwide natural disasters when the bowls of wrath were poured out. The seas turned to blood, darkness fell, the kings gathered at Armageddon and the earth quaked. Chapter 17 reveals the worldwide pagan religious system when John saw a prostitute on a beast with seven heads and ten horns. An angel said, “The heads and horns are kings. The Lamb will conquer.” Chapter 18 reveals a global government system and the destruction of its world economy when an angel cried, “Fallen, fallen is Babylon!” The kings and merchants will weep. An angel said, “The great city will be thrown down.”

Chapter 19 reveals the defeat of the Anti-Messiah’s world army at the battle of Armageddon when a multitude cried, “Hallelujah! The Lord reigns.” The Word of God led the armies of heaven. The beast was cast into the lake of fire. Chapter 20 describes the complete defeat of evil in the universe when Satan is bound and the martyrs reigned with Messiah Yeshua for 1,000 years. After this period, Satan will be cast into the lake of fire. The dead were judged. Chapter 21 reveals the restoration of God’s universe and all things good when John saw a New Heaven and Earth renovated. A voice said, “God dwells with his people.” An angel showed me the New Jerusalem. Its lamp is the Lamb. Finally, chapter 22 says the river of life flows from the throne of God. “Behold, I am coming soon. I am the beginning and the end.” Amen. Come, Lord Yeshua!”

REVELATION COMPLEMENTS GENESIS

Revelation complements Genesis because there is a striking balance between these books. In Genesis we see Heaven and Earth created, but in Revelation we see them passing away. In Genesis we read about the Sun and Moon being created, but in Revelation we read that the people of Earth have no need of the Sun or Moon because the Lamb is the light of the world.  In Genesis we read about the Garden of Eden, which is the first home for humankind. In Revelation we read about a city, the home for the nations.  In Genesis we read about the marriage of the First Adam; in Revelation we read about the marriage of the Second Adam (Messiah Yeshua). In Genesis we see the first grim appearance of the great Adversary of God and man; in Revelation we see the enemy’s final doom. In Genesis we read about the beginning of sorrow and suffering; but in Revelation we see the end of sorrow and suffering when tears are wiped away and no more pain exist. In Genesis we read about the beginning of the curse because of human transgression; but in Revelation we read there will be no more curse.  In Genesis we see mankind driven out of the Garden of Eden; but in Revelation we see mankind welcomed back with tree of life at humanity’s disposal. Finally, Revelation offers a glowing illustration of Messiah Yeshua as the Triumphant Leader. The key words are “The Revelation of Yeshua Ha-Mashiach.” This Book unveils the Lord Yeshua. When we study the Apocalypse, we will discover a marvelous revelation about who Yeshua really is. Messiah Yeshua is the Glorified Son of Man, The Second Person in the Triune Godhead,  the Head of the Church, the Triumphant Warrior, and the Creator and Ruler of His Tri-Universe.

RELATED SOURCES

Biblical Mysteries; Donald P. Ryan, Ph.D; 2000. The Bible; Jim Bell and Stan Cambell; 1999. The Complete Guide to the Bible; Stephen M. Miller; 2007. The Hand Writing of God; Dr. Grant Jeffrey; 2000. The Signature of God; Dr. Grant Jeffrey; 2010. The Septuagint With Apocrypha: English; Sir Lancelot C.L. Brenton; 1851. Bible Prophecies; 2013. The Book of Revelation; J Vernon McGee; 1988. Bible Outline by Robert Lee. Book of Revelation by Rev, Clarence Larkin.

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A BRIEF LOOK AT OBADIAH

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The prophet Obadiah issues a prophetic warning to the foreign nations that participated in the attacks against Judah. Obadiah predicted that God would destroy Edom as punishment for standing by when Babylon invaded Judah. Because of their treachery, Edom’s land would be given to Judah in the day when God rights the wrongs against his people. God will judge and fiercely punish all who harm his people. We can be confident in God’s final victory. He is our champion, and we can trust him to bring about true justice.

Because of their seemingly invincible rock fortress, the Edomites were proud and self-confident. But God humbled them and their nation disappeared from the face of the earth. All those who defy God will meet their doom as Edom did. Any nation who trusts in its power, wealth, technology, or wisdom more than in God will be brought low. All who are proud will one day be shocked to discover that no one is exempt from God’s justice.

SUMMARY OF THE EDOMITES

The Edomites were part of the Semitic populations who were descended from Esau, just as the Israelites are those who are descended from Jacob. There are many prophecies concerning Edom which have been remarkably fulfilled. The present desolate condition of that land is a standing testimony to the inspiration of these prophecies. After an existence as a people for above 1700 years, they have utterly disappeared from the region, and their language even is forgotten forever. Edomite tribes settled in Judah’s south, like the Kenizzites, to whom Caleb and Othniel belonged. The southern part of Edom was known as Teman. A few eschatology experts believe that Obadiah’s prophecies describe the future Arab enemies of Israel who will fight Israel during the next major Arab-Israel war.

RELATED SOURCES

Biblical Mysteries; Donald P. Ryan, Ph.D; 2000. The Bible; Jim Bell and Stan Cambell; 1999. The Complete Guide to the Bible; Stephen M. Miller; 2007. The Hand Writing of God; Dr. Grant Jeffrey; 2000. The Signature of God; Dr. Grant Jeffrey; 2010. The Septuagint With Apocrypha: English; Sir Lancelot C.L. Brenton; 1851. Amos & Obadiah; Dr. J. Vernon McGee; 1988. Bible Prophecy Articles; Dr. John Mc Ternan; 2012.

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A BRIEF LOOK AT THE BOOK OF EZEKIEL

Nov
29

While Jeremiah spoke to the people still living in Judah (the southern kingdom of Israel, including Jerusalem), Ezekiel, his younger contemporary, prophesied to those already exiled in Babylon. After announcing God’s judgment, Ezekiel concludes with the promise that God will one day breathe new life into dead bones. In other words, God will someday restore his people back into the land of Israel and He will bless his people once again.

Ezekiel saw a vision that revealed God’s absolute moral perfection. God was spiritually and morally superior to members of Israel’s corrupt and compromising society. Ezekiel wrote to let the people know that God in his holiness was also present in Babylon, not just in Jerusalem. Because God is morally perfect, he can help us live above our tendency to compromise with this world. When we focus on his greatness, he gives us the power to overcome sin and to reflect his holiness.

Israel had sinned, and God’s punishment came. The fall of Jerusalem and the Babylonian exile were used by God to correct the rebels and draw them back from their sinful way of life. Ezekiel warned them that not only was the nation responsible for sin but each individual was also accountable to God. We cannot excuse ourselves from our responsibilities before God. We are accountable to God for our choices. Rather than neglect him, we must recognize sin for what it is, rebellion against God, and choose to follow him instead.

Ezekiel consoles the people by telling them that the day will come when God will restore those who turn from sin. God will be their King and shepherd. He will give his people a new heart to worship him, and he will establish a new government and a new Temple. The certainty of future restoration encourages believers in times of trial. But we must be faithful to God because we love him, not merely for what he can do for us. Is our faith in him or merely in our future benefits?

Ezekiel condemned the shepherds (unfaithful priests and leaders), who led the people astray. By contrast, he served as a caring shepherd and a faithful watchman to warn the people about their sin. One day God’s perfect shepherd, the Messiah, will lead his people. Yeshua is our perfect leader. If we truly want him to lead us, our devotion must be more than talk. If we are given the responsibility of leading others, we must take care of them even if it means sacrificing personal pleasure, happiness, time, or money. We are responsible for those we lead.

An angel gave Ezekiel a vision of the Temple in great detail. God’s holy presence had departed from Israel and the Temple because of sin. The building of a future Temple portrays the return of God’s glory and presence. God will cleanse his people and restore true worship. All of God’s promises will be fulfilled under the rule of the Messiah. The faithful followers will be restored to perfect fellowship with God and with one another. To be prepared for this time, we must focus on God. We do this through regular worship. Through worship we learn about God’s holiness and the changes we must make in how we live.

SUMMARY OF EZEKIEL’S VISIONS

The Book of Ezekiel consists mainly of three prophetic subjects: prophecies for Israel’s future destruction, prophecies for the surrounding gentile nations’ future destruction, and prophecies for the restoration of Israel and the Messianic Kingdom Age. His message was the most spiritual of the prophets because he saw dramatic visions of God.

Following an account of his call to the prophetical office, Ezekiel utters words of denunciation against the Jews, warning them of the coming certain destruction of Jerusalem, in opposition to the words of the false prophets. The symbolical acts, by which the extremities to which Jerusalem would be reduced reveals his intimate acquaintance with the Levitical legislation.

Ezekiel reveals prophecies for the destruction of various surrounding nations: against the Ammonites, the Moabites, the Edomites, the Philistines, Tyre and Sidon, and against Egypt. Ezekiel releases prophecies for the destruction of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar. He mentions the restoration and triumphs of Israel before and during Messiah’s kingdom Age on Earth. He mentions the Messianic times, and the establishment and prosperity of God’s kingdom.

RELATED SOURCES

Biblical Mysteries; Donald P. Ryan, Ph.D; 2000. The Bible; Jim Bell and Stan Cambell; 1999. The Complete Guide to the Bible; Stephen M. Miller; 2007. The Hand Writing of God; Dr. Grant Jeffrey; 2000. The Signature of God; Dr. Grant Jeffrey; 2010. The Septuagint With Apocrypha: English; Sir Lancelot C.L. Brenton; 1851. Bible Prophecies; 2013. The Book of Ezekiel; J Vernon McGee; 1988.

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A BRIEF LOOK AT THE BOOK OF ZECHARIAH

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Zechariah encourages the people to put away the sin in their lives and to continue rebuilding the Temple. In looking forward to God’s messianic kingdom, Zechariah accurately predicts Yeshua’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem, riding on the back of a donkey.

God was angry at his people for ignoring his prophets through the years, and he was concerned that they not follow the careless and false leaders who exploited them. Disobedience was the root of their problems and the cause of their misery. God was jealous for their devotion to him. God is jealous for our devotion. To avoid Israel’s ruin, don’t walk in their steps. Don’t reject God, follow false teachers, or lead others astray. Turn to God, faithfully obey his commands, and make sure you are leading others correctly.

The Jews were discouraged. They were free from exile, yet the Temple was not completed. Zechariah encouraged them to rebuild it. God would both protect his workmen and empower them by his Holy Spirit to carry out his work. More than the rebuilding of the Temple was at stake—the people were staging the first act in God’s wonderful drama of the end times. Those of us who love God must complete his work. To do so we must have the Holy Spirit’s help. God will empower us with his Spirit.

The Messiah will come both to rescue people from sin and to reign as king. He will establish his Kingdom, conquer all his enemies, and rule over all the earth. Everything will one day be under his loving and powerful control. The Messiah came as a servant to die for us. He will return as a victorious king. At that time, he will usher in peace throughout the world. Submit to his leadership now to be ready for the King’s triumphant return.

There was opposition to God’s plan in Zechariah’s day, and he prophesied future times of trouble. But God’s Word endures. God remembers the agreements he makes with his people. He cares for his people and will deliver them from all the world powers that oppress them. Although evil is still present, God’s infinite love and personal care have been demonstrated through the centuries. God keeps his promises. Although our bodies may be destroyed, we need never fear our ultimate destiny if we love and obey him.

SUMMARY OF ZECHARIAH’S MESSAGE

Zechariah’s name (Zecharyah) means Yahweh is renowned and God remembers. He was Judah’s prophet and he was the 11th among the 12 minor-prophets. Like Ezekiel, he was of priestly extraction. He describes himself as “the son of Berechiah.” His prophetic career began in the second year of Darius, about 16 years after the return of the first company from exile. He was contemporary with Haggai. His book consists of two distinct parts because the first eight chapters are historical, while the next six chapters are prophetic.

The first eight chapters reflect the period immediately after the Babylonian Captivity and are concerned with the reconstruction of the Temple and Jerusalem in preparation for a messianic age. The narrative emphasizes individual commitment and obedience, inward spirituality, and a peaceful world where Jew and Gentile will worship together. These chapters fall into four parts. The first part is a brief exhortation to repentance. The second part contains oracles in the usual prophetic style intermingled with a series of eight night visions experienced by the prophet in 519BC. The visions, which contain much apocalyptic imagery and are interpreted for Zechariah by an angel, foretell generally an imminent messianic age. The third part describes the symbolic coronation of a priest who will lead the people in rebuilding the Temple. The fourth part consists of oracles describing the conditions expected to prevail in a restored Jerusalem.

The remaining six chapters of Zechariah constitute one of the most obscure portions of the Old Testament Hebrew Scriptures. They are made up mainly of apocalyptic oracles with numerous allusions that are now difficult to understand and are concerned generally with elaboration of earlier themes. Chief among these themes are the restoration of Israel after the defeat of Israel’s enemies, the advent of the Messiah, and the coming great “day of the Lord,” when the covenant will be reestablished and the God of Israel will be universally worshiped. The tone of these chapters is despairing, and emphasis is placed on supernatural intervention as the sole possible means of the long-delayed but still-expected salvation from Gentile oppression.

Finally, Christian eschatologists attach special significance to several passages in the last six chapters. They regard them as prophecies later fulfilled by Messiah Yeshua. Therefore, Zechariah 9:9 is believed to pertain to Yeshua’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem; Zech. 9:10 to his universal reign; Zech. 11:12 to Judas’ betrayal of Yeshua for 30 pieces of silver; Zech. 12:10 and 13:6 to the wounds suffered by Yeshua; and Zech. 13:7-9 to Yeshua as the Good Shepherd smitten for the sheep.

RELATED SOURCES

Biblical Mysteries; Donald P. Ryan, Ph.D; 2000. The Bible; Jim Bell and Stan Cambell; 1999. The Complete Guide to the Bible; Stephen M. Miller; 2007. The Complete Guide to Bible Prophecy; Stephen M. Miller; 2010. The Hand Writing of God; Dr. Grant Jeffrey; 2000. The Signature of God; Dr. Grant Jeffrey; 2010. The Septuagint With Apocrypha: English; Sir Lancelot C.L. Brenton; 1851. Book of Zechariah; Dr. J. Vernon McGee; 1988.

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BAPTISMAL FORMULA IN YESHUA’S NAME ONLY

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For many Christians, the correct baptismal formula is an important step in Christianity. This analysis will assess the biblical revelation for baptism in Yeshua’s name.

“Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off, for all whom the Lord our God will call.” (NIV: Acts 2:38-39).

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (NIV: Matthew 28:19-20).

The baptism in the Messiah Yeshua’s name, according to Acts 2:38, does not violate the commandment that Messiah Yeshua gave in Matthew 28:19 because the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit’s salvation name is Yeshua Ha Mashiach. Today, many Christians are divided over what is called the correct baptismal formula. The Roman Catholic Church and the majority of the Protestant churches baptize “in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew. 28:19). However, a small but growing number of Christian churches that are called Apostolic are baptizing “in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts 2:38) and a smaller number of believers are baptizing in the sacred and most Holy name of Yeshua the Messiah. Some critics ignorantly call this division a conflict of choosing the Messiah Yeshua’s commandment and the apostle Peter’s commandment. Actually there is no real conflict between the Savior’s words and Peter’s words. They harmonize perfectly. This article reveals several reasons why the baptism in the name of Yeshua the Messiah does not violate the commandment of Yeshua in Matthew 28:19.

Acts 2:38 records the Apostle Peter’s words when he spoke on the Day of Pentecost, “Peter said, ‘Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Yeshua the Messiah for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.’” This was a robust declaration by Peter that “there is no other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). Water baptism in the name of Yeshua indicates a realization by all persons being baptized that Messiah is their Savior.

Christian baptism is also conducted in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19). Water baptism in this manner simply means you are identifying yourselves with the God’s Tri-unity. Christians belong to the Father and believers are saved by the Son, and they are indwelt by the Holy Spirit. This is similar to how believer’s should pray in Yeshua’s name (John 14:13). When believers pray in the sacred name of Yeshua, they are praying with His authority and asking God the Father to act upon their prayers because they come in the name of His Son, Yeshua. Being baptized in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit is being baptized in identification with them and their power over and in your life. Yeshua Himself specifically tells believers to baptize “in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19).

In the Book of Acts, new believers were baptized in the name of Yeshua (Acts 2:38; 8:12; 8:16; 10:48; 19:5). It is, however, essentially the same thing because Yeshua, the Father and the Holy Spirit are one (John 10:30; Acts 16:7). Many believers are baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit because of Messiah Yeshua’s instructions. However, as the book of Acts proves, baptizing in the name of Yeshua is also done because this is how Messiah Yeshua wanted his followers to execute the baptismal formula.

The names of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are all the same. For example, in Exodus 3:13-16, Psalm 68:4, Isaiah 12:2, 26:4 and 38:11 the name of God the Father is YAH-WEH or YAH, which is like calling a man DANIEL or DAN. The name YAH-WEH means I AM who I AM (Ayah Ashur Ayah). The name of the Son is Yeshua which is short for YAH-SHUA. Bear in mind, the name JESUS is an English word that originated from the Greek name IESOUS which was derived from the Hebrew name YAH-SHUA. The word YAH means I AM and the word SHUA means salvation, which proves that YAHSHUA’S name means I AM SALVATION. The name of the Holy Spirit is YAH-SHUA because Messiah Yeshua said “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will SEND IN MY NAME, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.” (John. 14:26). While the Holy Spirit is called the RUACH HAKODESH in Hebrew, a few biblical scholars believe that He can be called the RU-YAH HAKODESH, which carries the YAH portion of God’s most sacred name. Therefore careful analysis of the name of YAH-SHUA reveals the SALVATION name of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.

THE BAPTISMAL FORMULA IN HISTORY

The baptismal formula was changed from the name of Jesus Christ (Yahshua Ha Mashiach) to the words Father, Son and Holy Spirit by Christian Church leaders in the second Century AD. The early church always baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus (Yeshua) until the development of the Trinitarian Formula in 2nd century AD. The use of the Trinitarian formula of any sort was not suggested in early church history. Baptism was always in the name of ‘Lord Jesus’ (Yeshua) until time of Justin Martyr when the triune formula was used.

The words “Father, Son and Holy Spirit” was added later to replace the original words “in my name” (Matthew 28:19) and codified at the Nicean Council in 325 A.D. when much of the biblical “Jewishness” and the faith was done away with; therefore, we should not be surprised that some very non-Hebraic traditions were introduced, according to some biblical scholars. Some earlier Christian theologians who had seen the complete book of Matthew attested that the early copies of Matthew did not contain the phrase “Father, Son, and Holy Spirit”. Eusebius wrote that these words were not in the early texts, as did other theologians. The evidence appears to be overwhelming that the Trinitarian phrase was not in the original texts. This history reveals why the disciples always baptized in the name of Yeshua, according to bible teacher Lonnie Lane.

THE BAPTISMAL FORMULA IN SACRED NAMES

Finally, while the baptism in Yeshua’s name appears to be the correct and historic baptismal formula before the Second Century AD, the name or titles in which believers in Yeshua are baptized in is not as significant as the recognition that baptism is a Christian’s symbolic identification with the death, burial and resurrection of Messiah Yeshua our Lord and Savior. Baptism in Yeshua’s sacred name is not a rejection of the Holy Trinity because God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit have one name for salvation which is YAH-SHUA commonly pronounced  as YESHUA. Understand that water baptism is not a requirement for eternal salvation, because baptism is for the believer who is already saved. Christians are saved by faith in Messiah Yeshua and not by works. Additionally, baptism means that believers are symbolically buried with Messiah Yeshua and they rise again with Messiah to walk with Him in the newness of their spiritual lives.

RELATED SOURCES

Baptized Only In Yeshua’s Name! by Lonnie Lane (Access 28 February 2013). Harper’s Bible Commentary; James L. Mays (general editor); 1988. Harper’s Bible Dictionary; Paul J. Actemeier (general editor); 1952. The Bible; Dr. Jeffrey Geoghegan; 2003. The Bible ; Jim Bell and others; 2000. The Harper Collin’s catholic Encyclopedia; Richard P. McBrien (general editor); 1989. The World’s Religions; Brandon Toropov and others; 2000.

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BOOK OF LEVITICUS: ACCESS GOD WITH HOLINESS AND WORSHIP

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The third book of the Pentateuch takes its name from one of the twelve sons of Jacob, Levi, whose family was chosen by God to act as priests and assistants in the Tabernacle. The book covers the national and personal laws given by God to the Jewish people regarding worship and religious activities. It contains laws regarding cleanliness, morality, ethics and hygiene which guided the Jews on a day-to-day basis, and still does today. Animal sacrifice was introduced as a covering for the individual and national sins of the people.

When the Israelites prepare to take possession of the land God promised them, God gives them careful instructions about how to worship Him, how to serve a Holy God, and how to live as a holy people. There are five kinds of offerings that fulfill two main purposes: one to show praise, thankfulness, and devotion; the other for atonement, the covering and removal of guilt and sin. Animal offerings demonstrated that the person was giving his or her life to God by means of the life of the animal.

The sacrifices were for worship and forgiveness of sin. Through them we learn about the cost of sin, for we see that we cannot forgive ourselves. God’s system says that a life must be given for a life. In the Old Testament Hebrew Scriptures, an animal’s life was given to save the life of a person. But this was only a temporary measure until Yeshua’s death paid the penalty of sin for all people forever.

Seven festivals were designated as religious and national holidays. They were often celebrated in family settings. These events teach us much about worshiping God in both celebration and quiet dedication. God’s rules about worship set up an orderly, regular pattern of fellowship with him. They allowed times for celebration and thanksgiving as well as for reverence and rededication. Our worship should demonstrate our deep devotion.

Civil rules for handling food, disease, and sex were taught. In these physical principles, many spiritual principles were suggested. Israel was to be different from the surrounding nations. God was preserving Israel from disease and community health problems. We are to be different morally and spiritually from the unbelievers around us. Principles for healthy living are as important today as in Moses’ time. A healthy environment and a healthy body make our service to God more effective. Holy means “separated” or “devoted.”

God removed his people from Egypt; now he was removing Egypt from the people. He was showing them how to exchange Egyptian ways of living and thinking for his ways. We must devote every area of life to God. God desires absolute obedience in motives as well as practices. Though we do not observe all the worship practices of Israel, we are to have the same spirit of preparation and devotion.

Finally, the Levites and priests instructed the people in their worship. They were the ministers of their day. They also regulated the moral, civil, and ceremonial laws and supervised the health, justice, and welfare of the nation. The Levites were servants who showed Israel the way to God. They provide the historical backdrop for Messiah, who is our High Priest and yet our Servant. God’s true servants care for all the needs of their people.

SUMMARY OF LEVITICUS CHAPTERS

Chapters 1 to 10 reveal how to access God by way of the five offerings, the law of the offerings, and the Priesthood.  The five offerings represent five distinctive aspect of the one offering of our Lord Messiah Yeshua. The law of the offering sketches the giving particulars as to order and arrangement.  The priesthood illustrates the call, the cleansing, the clothing, the atonement, the anointing, the food, the ministry, and the failure. Chapters 11 to 27 sketch holiness by focusing on the laws of purity, sundry laws, and laws related to vows.  When we read about the laws of purity, we learn that holy people must have pure food, pure bodies, pure homes, and pure habits. Holy people must continually return to the blood. The 16th chapter is the great atonement chapter.  The sundry laws reveal that holy people must have pure worship, sacred regard for innocent blood, pure morals, pure customs, and pure clothing. The laws concerning vows demonstrate that we must honor our words.

ANALYSIS AND  MESSAGE

This book is for believers in Yahweh God because it reveals how God is to be approached and worshiped. Genesis sketches man’s fall, Exodus illustrates man’s redemption, and Leviticus shows man worshiping. Leviticus is the book of worshiping God. The key word in the book is “HOLY.” The next key word is “ATONEMENT.” How can a sinful person approach a Holy God? How can we gain access to God? Who is the answer to this question? This book reveals that believers in Yahweh can only gain access to Him, with daily communion and worship, on the basis of sacrifice through shedding of innocent blood. The animal sacrifices were types and Shadows of Messiah Yeshua. The book teaches the significance of holiness of our bodies and of our souls. The believer must be holy because their Redeemer is Holy (Leviticus 19:2). Today, the Messiah Yeshua makes imperfect believers Holy in God’s eyes.

RELATED SOURCES

Biblical Mysteries; Donald P. Ryan, Ph.D; 2000. The Bible; Jim Bell and Stan Cambell; 1999. The Complete Guide to the Bible; Stephen M. Miller; 2007. The Hand Writing of God; Dr. Grant Jeffrey; 2000. The Signature of God; Dr. Grant Jeffrey; 2010. The Septuagint With Apocrypha: English; Sir Lancelot C.L. Brenton; 1851. The Outline Bible by Robert Lee.

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BOOK OF EXODUS: A JOURNEY THROUGH REDEMPTION BY BLOOD

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The Book of Exodus narrates the liberation of the Israelite people from Egyptian bondage and their wanderings through the desert up to Mount Sinai.  The Book of Exodus is part of the Old Testament Hebrew Scriptures. This narrative is the Bible’s second book and it was named Exodus because it narrates the liberation of the Israelite people from Egyptian bondage and their wanderings through the desert up to Mount Sinai.

The Book of Exodus reveals our journey through life, our personal struggle during the journey, our battle against oppressive forces, our moment of liberation, our earthly wilderness experience, and our heavenly destination. Exodus tells its readers that we all live in human bondage so great that sometimes we cannot liberate ourselves. We all need a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night to set us free and give us direction during the most confusing and difficult periods of the journey. Exodus reveals the art and science of spiritual warfare by revealing the strategies, operations, and tactics for fighting the giants that prevent us from entering our promised land. We all seek to reach a promise land, but there are always giants standing in the way to prevent us from obtaining life’s prize.  Exodus shows readers how to defeat those giants in every area of the battle.

MOSES FIGURE

Exodus reveals the importance of having a Moses like personality in our lives. We all need a teacher, counselor, motivator, inspirater, and candle-stick-maker to guide us through the dark wilderness of life so we can reach our promised land. This Moses figure has been found in persons such as Sojourner Truth, Frederick Douglas, and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King. The Book of Exodus discusses the history beginning with Joseph’s death in Egypt, who was the preferred son of the Hebrew patriarch Jacob, and the creation by the Israelites of the Tabernacle at Sinai. The first 15 chapters tells readers about the Israelites’ subjugation and oppression by their Egyptian task masters following Joseph’s death, it discusses the birth and preservation of Moses from slaughter, it reveals God’s selection of Moses to guide the children of Israel out of Egypt, it demonstrates God’s judgment on Egypt with the 10 plagues inflicted on the Egyptians, and of God’s deliverance of the Israelites both from the land of Egypt and from the Egyptian army at the Red Sea.

MT. SINAI

The foremost actions that happen in the Book of Exodus occur at Mt. Sinai, where the Israelites have set up camp following their traveling for several months in the wilderness. These events are the offering and making of a covenant between God and the Israelites, including the reciting by Moses of the Ten Commandments, or Decalogue, which are the terms of the covenant; the breaking and renewing of the covenant; and the building of the Tabernacle, into which are placed various sacred furnishings, among them the ark of the covenant, according to Dr. Grant Jeffrey.  Furthermore, the liberation from Egyptian bondage has always been of innermost importance to Judaism and to the Jewish people, who have celebrated this history yearly since its occurrence in 1450 BC. However, even more than their exodus experience, the Jewish community celebrate the making of the agreement between God and the Israelites at Sinai, which has been an exceptionally crucial event facilitating the development of Judaism, according to Dr. Grant Jeffrey.

THE BOOK OF EXODUS

The word “Exodus” means “a going out”. This book records the great numerical growth of the Israelites during their slavery in Egypt. It introduces Moses and records the plagues God brought upon Egypt to secure His people’s release from slavery. After this, the people are given the Law at Mount Sinai. The book concludes with a description of the making of the Tabernacle. This is the second book of the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Jewish Scriptures. Between the close of Genesis and the opening of Exodus 350 years intervene. Between the going down of Jacob to Egypt and the commencement of the persecution, 115 years passed by. One has said that this “silence of 350 years is awful in its grandeur, like the loneliness of Sinai in the mount of the Lord.” Exodus is the sequel to Genesis. Genesis illustrates our failure as human beings under every test and in every condition; but Exodus shows us God hastening to man’s rescue, to man’s redemption, coming forth to emancipate and enrich. The key verses are Exodus 3:6, which gives God’s declaration, and Exodus 12:23, which reveal how it was accomplished. Exodus is the book of redemption. We should notice how the book opens and closes. The book begins in darkness and gloom, but ends in glory; it commences by telling us how God came down in grace to deliver an enslaved population and ends by declaring how God came down in glory to dwell in the midst of a redeemed people.

When God commanded Noah to construct the ark, the design was drawn and a pattern made for human salvation. Our salvation was the design of God before the formation of the universe and the pattern for our salvation we find in the Book of Exodus. Exodus is the historical illustration of the outworking of Divine Grace in the redemption and recovery of man by God to Himself by Messiah Yeshua, who is at once our great Apostle (Moses) and High Priest (Aaron). The story of Exodus is repeated in every soul that seeks deliverance from the enmeshing and enervating influence of this universe. We study Exodus in order to see God’s manner of delivering sinful humanity, and His gracious and glorious purposes in rescuing him.

SUMMARY OF THE EXODUS CHAPTERS

The Book of Exodus contains two main divisions, and five sections. Chapters 1 to 19 is primarily narrative, while chapters 19 to 40 appears to be legislative.  Chapters 1 and 2 reveal the bondage and sad condition of the Israelite population, whom God eventually redeemed. The early chapters show the major historical events involving the birth of Moses, adoption of Moses, renunciation of Moses, flight of Moses, and the marriage of Moses. Elements of the life of Moses forecast the future life of Yeshua because Moses is a type of Messiah Yeshua. The chapters discuss Israel’s awful suffering and how this experience disturbed them, purified them, unified them, and disenchanted them. Chapters 3 to 15 focus on redemption. The chapters show that God comes down in grace to deliver Israel, and we see how redemption was accomplished primarily by blood. The major events in these chapters discuss reveal the call of Moses, Moses life in Egypt, conflicts with Pharaoh, and Israel emancipated. These chapters show life of Moses. During the first 40 years Moses’ life, the prophet though himself to be somebody of great significance. During the second 40 years of Moses’ life, the prophet believe himself to be nobody and very insignificant. During the final 40 years of Moses’ life, the prophet learns what God can do with small people, like himself. Chapters 15-19 focus on education. These chapters reveal the spiritual education of Israel. All their experiences were designed to teach them absolute dependence upon God. Chapters 19 to 23 focus on consecration. These chapters teach that the redeemed must do the will of their Redeemer and must consecrate themselves to His service. This section records God giving of the moral law, but today He writes His law upon the fleshy tables of redeemed hearts and gives His Holy Spirit to cause them to walk in His ways.  Finally, chapters 24 to 40 focus on worship.  The Redeemed ones must be worshiping ones and they must only worship in God’s own appointed way. The chapters record the giving of the ceremonial law.  God designed everything in creation based upon the Tabernacle pattern, which means that not one sacred article of God’s Divine Tabernacle Pattern should escape our study,prayer, and meditation .

RELATED SOURCES

Biblical Mysteries; Donald P. Ryan, Ph.D; 2000. The Bible; Jim Bell and Stan Cambell; 1999. The Complete Guide to the Bible; Stephen M. Miller; 2007. The Hand Writing of God; Dr. Grant Jeffrey; 2000. The Signature of God; Dr. Grant Jeffrey; 2010. The Septuagint With Apocrypha: English; Sir Lancelot C.L. Brenton; 1851.

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A BRIEF LOOK AT THE BOOK OF GENESIS

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The book of Genesis teaches that what we believe about the subject of origins lays the intellectual foundation concerning our beliefs about everything else. Genesis is the Holy Bible’s first book. The book’s name means “beginning” because it answers many questions about origins. Genesis provides Judaism and Christianity a unique creation story. In addition to God creating the universe, the book includes God’s formation of Adam and Eve, the Cain and Abel conflict, the Noachian Flood tragedy, the Tower of Babel rebellion, and God’s covenant relationship with the famous patriarchs: Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph. The book has been traditionally ascribed to Moses by conservative scholars due to their computer analysis and archaeological evidence based on the tablet theory for Mosaic authorship. However, liberal scholarship has identified at least three literary strains in the book, dating from 950 BC to the 5th century BC, which they believe incorporates material from much earlier. It is one of the five books that make up the Pentateuch.

THE SUBJECT OF ORIGINS

God creates by first forming and later filling because the first three days describe God forming the universe, while the last three days show God filling the universe. For example, God formed outer space darkness before day one and began filling it with the sun, moon, and stars on day four; God formed the Earth’s ocean and atmosphere on day two before filling them with fishes and birds on day five; God formed the landmass and clothed it with vegetation before filling it with land animals and man on day six. Today, God is still forming and filling the broken lives of many who seek salvation in Messiah Yeshua.

Genesis teaches that we were created and not evolved and what we believe about the subject of origins lays the intellectual foundation concerning our beliefs about everything else. Our concept of right and wrong and human relationships are inextricably woven together within our understanding of origins. If there never was any creator and designer God for humanity, then we are incapable of determining good from evil because our “primate evolutionary history” means we evolved to pursue pleasure and avoid pain only. Genesis shows us why we seek morality and justice for all humanity.

THE MOMENT OF DECISION

We are always facing great choices that will determine our spiritual destiny. Disobedience occurs when we choose not to follow God’s plan for living. Genesis explains why we miss the mark and why we all choose to disobey God. Even great Bible heroes failed God and disobeyed. Sin ruins our lives. It happens when we disobey God. Living God’s way makes our lives productive and fulfilling.  Furthermore, God makes promises to help and protect us. These promises are called “covenants.” God kept his promises then, and He keeps them today. He promises to love us, accept us, and forgive us. The sin opposite is obedience. Obeying God restores our relationship to him. The only way to enjoy God’s promises is to obey Him. Prosperity is deeper than mere material wealth. True prosperity and fulfillment come by obeying God. When we obey God, we find peace with Creator, with others, and with themselves.

Finally, God created the Israeli nation in order to have a dedicated people who would first keep his ways alive in the world; second, proclaim to the world what he is really like; and third, prepare the world for Messiah Yeshua’s first and second coming. God is looking for people today to follow him. We are to proclaim God’s truth and love to all nations, not just our own. We must be faithful to carry out the mission God has given us.

THE GENESIS GENERATIONS

The Book of Genesis reveals the history of the first generations.  Genesis 1:1 to 2:4 describes the generations of Heavens and Earth, which is a description of God’s work during the creation week. Genesis 2:5 to 6:8 illustrate the generations of Adam or humankind. Adam was created and children born to him. Genesis 6:9 to 9:29 sketches the generations of Noah. Genesis 10:1 to 11:9 portray the generations of sons of Noah. Genesis 11:10 to 26 describe the generations of sons of Shem (Gentiles). Genesis 11:27 to 25:11 describe generations of Terah. Genesis 25:12 to 18 discusses the generations of Ishmael. Genesis 25:19 to 35:29 describe the generations of Isaac. Genesis 36:1 to 37:1 describe the generations of Esau. Genesis 37:2 to 50:26 describe the generations of Jacob. The word generations of indicate that Moses compiled the Book of Genesis from ancient stone and clay tablets, according to the Tablet Theory for Mosaic authorship.

RELATED SOURCES

Halley’s Bible Handbook; Henry Halley; 1965. The Bible; Jim Bell and Stan Campbell; 1999. The Bible; Dr. Jeffrey Geoghegan and others; 2003. The Complete Guide to the Bible; Stephen Miller; 2007. The Dead Sea Scrolls; Craig A, Evans; 2010 The Septuagint With Apocrypha: English; Sir Lancelot C.L. Brenton; 1851. Understanding The Bible; Kendell H. Easley; 2000.

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