Truth — 11/06/2021
THE TWO HOUSES OF ISRAEL
There was no reunion of all 12 tribes noted here; only the tribes of Ephraim, Manasseh, and Simeon are mentioned as having joined Judah to worship Yahweh properly. It makes sense that some from these tribes would join with King Asa of Judah; their tribal territories bordered on the parcels of land belonging to Judah and Benjamin.
In reality, there is no evidence in the Scriptures or history that Judah and Israel were reunited during this time period.
Some try to use the book of Ezra, who wrote about the return to Judea from the Babylonian captivity, to make the case that all 12 tribes returned. They generally cite the following verse as their proof text:
Ezra 2:70 “And the priests and the Lĕwites (Levites), and some of the people, and the singers, and the gatekeepers, and the Nethinim, dwelt in their cities, and all Yisra’ĕl (Israel) in their cities.” (The Scriptures Translation) [Emphasis and comments added]
SIDE NOTE: Nethinim Defined -- the name given to the hereditary temple servants in all the post-Exilian books of Scripture. The word means given, i.e., "those set apart", viz., to the menial work of the sanctuary for the Levites. The name occurs seventeen times, and in each case in the Authorized Version incorrectly terminates in "s", "Nethinims;" in the Revised Version, correctly without the "s" (Ezra 2:70; 7:7, 24; 8:20, etc.). The tradition is that the Gibeonites (Joshua 9:27) were the original caste, afterwards called Nethinim. Their numbers were added to afterwards from captives taken in battle; and they were formally given by David to the Levites (Ezra 8:20), and so were called Nethinim, i.e., the given ones, given to the Levites to be their servants. Only 612 Nethinim returned from Babylon (Ezra 2:58; 8:20). They were under the control of a chief from among themselves (2:43; Nehemiah 7:46). No reference to them appears in the New Testament, because it is probable that they became merged in the general body of the Jewish people.
This Scripture does say that “all Israel” dwelt in their cities. Can it be clearly stated that Ezra here is speaking about all 12 tribes of Israel? Those who seek to prove a reunion of Israel and Judah argue this to be the case. However, could Ezra just be speaking of “all Israel” that had been taken captive by the Babylonians (those from Judah, Benjamin and Levi)? Let’s allow Ezra to answer this question for us by looking at Chapter 4:
Ezra 4:1 “And when the adversaries of Yehuḏah (Judah) and Binyamin heard that the sons of the exile were building the Hĕḵal (Temple) of יהוה (Yahweh) Elohim (Mighty One/God) of Yisra’ĕl (Israel),” (The Scriptures Translation) [Emphasis and comments added]
Ezra clearly tells us that it was only Judah and Benjamin, along with the Levites and priests, that were present in Judea when the rebuilding of the Temple took place. Again, it is evident that the reuniting of Judah and Ephraim had not taken place by the time the Jews came back to Judea and Jerusalem after 70 years captivity in Babylon. When we examine the text objectively, we see there is NO Scriptural basis for “assuming” that the two houses were reunited before the Babylonian captivity.
When Yahweh divorced the House of Israel and cast them away in 722 BCE, all the children afterward born in the 10 tribes became spiritually illegitimate. The Torah (Yahweh’s Teachings and Instructions. Also known as the “Law.”) states that illegitimate children are banned from being part of the assembly (Hebrew qahal translated as “church”) of Yahweh for a period of TEN generations:
Deuteronomy 23:2 “No one of illegitimate birth does enter the assembly of יהוה (Yahweh), even a tenth generation of his does not enter the assembly of יהוה (Yahweh).” (The Scriptures Translation) [Emphasis and comments added]
In the Bible, a generation is defined as being 70 years (Psalm 90:10). A small number from the northern kingdom were likely assimilated into the House of Judah before and during the conquest of Samaria. But according to the Torah, no descendant of the northern kingdom of Samaria afterward would have been eligible to be part of Yahweh’s people for at least 700 years after Yahweh divorced their mother, the House of Israel (Jeremiah 3:8).
Yet the Scriptures show us that Yahweh does plan on bringing these wayward offspring back into the fold. The prophet Ezekiel, who was one of the Jews taken captive to Babylon before the destruction of Jerusalem, wrote vividly about the eventual reconciliation of the northern and southern kingdoms:
Ezekiel 37:15-28 “15 The word of the LORD (Yahweh) came to me: 16 “Son of man, take a stick and write on it, ‘For Judah, and the people of Israel associated with him’; then take another stick and write on it, ‘For Joseph (the stick of Ephraim) and all the House of Israel associated with him.’ 17 And join them one to another into one stick, that they may become one in your hand. 18 And when your people say to you, ‘Will you not tell us what you mean by these?’ 19 Say to them, Thus says the Lord (Master) GOD (Yahweh): Behold, I am about to take the stick of Joseph (that is in the hand of Ephraim) and the tribes of Israel associated with him. And I will join with it the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, that they may be one in My hand. 20 When the sticks on which you write are in your hand before their eyes, 21 then say to them, Thus says the Lord (Master) GOD (Yahweh): Behold, I will take the people of Israel from the nations among which they have gone, and will gather them from all around, and bring them to their own land. 22 And I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel. And one King shall be King over them all, and they shall be no longer two nations, and no longer divided into two kingdoms. 23 They shall not defile themselves anymore with their idols and their detestable things, or with any of their transgressions. But I will save them from all the backslidings in which they have sinned, and will cleanse them; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God. 24 My Servant David (Yeshua) shall be King over them, and they shall all have One Shepherd (Yeshua). They shall walk in My rules and be careful to obey My statutes. 25 They shall dwell in the land that I gave to My servant Jacob, where your fathers lived. They and their children and their children’s children shall dwell there forever, and David (Yeshua) My Servant shall be their prince forever. 26 I will make a covenant of peace with them. It shall be an everlasting covenant with them. And I will set them in their land and multiply them, and will set My sanctuary in their midst forevermore. 27 My dwelling place shall be with them, and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 28 Then the nations will know that I am the LORD (Yahweh) who sanctifies Israel, when My sanctuary is in their midst forevermore.” ” (ESV—English Standard Version) [Emphasis and comments added]
This prophecy, recorded by Ezekiel during the years of the Babylonian captivity, makes it pretty clear that the two houses had not YET been reunited at that time. We are told that the split will be repaired when the House of Judah (led by the tribe of Judah) is reunited with the House of Israel (led by the tribe of Ephraim) under the offspring of David, the Messiah. But we also know from the Torah that this reunion could not have occurred until at least 700 years had passed from the beginning of Ephraim’s captivity.
If we count forward the prescribed amount of time from the captivity of Samaria by the Assyrians, we arrive at the general time that Yeshua the Nazarene was born. Since many Old Testament prophecies proclaim that it will be the Messiah who reconciles the two houses, it is no coincidence that Yeshua came just after the 700-year time span of Ephraim’s illegitimacy was completed. However, most did not (and have not) realized that the prophesied reconciliation would be a process that would last some 2,000 years.
Ezekiel’s prophecy of the two sticks is one of the most important, and unfortunately, one of the most overlooked prophecies in the Scriptures. Although it is probably the most graphic picture of the reunifying of the two houses, there are many other similar prophecies in the Tanakh (Old Testament). Let’s look at some of these prophecies:
Isaiah 11:11-16 “11 It shall come to pass in that day that the LORD (Yahweh) shall set His hand again the second time to recover the remnant of His people who are left, from Assyria and Egypt, from Pathros and Cush, from Elam and Shinar, from Hamath and the islands of the sea. 12 He will set up a banner for the nations, and will assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth. 13 Also the envy of Ephraim shall depart, and the adversaries of Judah shall be cut off; Ephraim shall not envy Judah, and Judah shall not harass Ephraim. 14 But they shall fly down upon the shoulder of the Philistines toward the west; together they shall plunder the people of the East; they shall lay their hand on Edom (South-Jordan) and Moab (Central Jordan); and the people of Ammon shall obey them. 15 The LORD (Yahweh) will utterly destroy the tongue of the Sea of Egypt; with His mighty wind He will shake His fist over the River, and strike it in the seven streams, and make men cross over dry-shod. 16 There will be a highway for the remnant of His people who will be left from Assyria, as it was for Israel in the day that he came up from the land of Egypt.” (NKJV) [Emphasis and comments added]
SIDE NOTE: “Tongue of the Sea of Egypt:” What is this? The Egyptians called the Nile el-Bahr, the sea, because before the blocking of the river by the Aswan High Dam, its waters at the time of overflow resembled a sea. The “Egyptian sea” therefore identifies the tongue to be the fertile delta land that was formed by the annual flooding of the Nile.
Since the tongue of the Egyptian sea refers to the 8,500 square-mile Nile Delta, the prophecy predicts the complete destruction of Egypt’s vital delta farmland in the years leading up to Messiah’s Yeshua’s Return.
Zechariah 10:3-12 “3 My anger is kindled against the shepherds, and I will punish the goatherds. For the LORD (Yahweh) of hosts will visit His flock, the House of Judah, and will make them as His royal horse in the battle. 4 From him comes the cornerstone, from him the tent peg, from him the battle bow, from him every ruler together. 5 They shall be like mighty men, who tread down their enemies in the mire of the streets in the battle. They shall fight because the LORD (Yahweh) is with them, and the riders on horses shall be put to shame. 6 I will strengthen the House of Judah, and I will save the House of Joseph. I will bring them back, because I have mercy on them. They shall be as though I had not cast them aside; for I am the LORD (Yahweh) their God (Mighty One), and I will hear them. 7 Those of Ephraim shall be like a mighty man, and their heart shall rejoice as if with wine. Yes, their children shall see it and be glad; their heart shall rejoice in the LORD (Yahweh). 8 I will whistle for them and gather them, for I will redeem them; and they shall increase as they once increased. 9 I will sow them among the peoples, and they shall remember Me in far countries; they shall live, together with their children, and they shall return. 10 I will also bring them back from the land of Egypt (bondage/slavery), and gather them from Assyria (North Iraq). I will bring them into the land of Gilead (Hill of testimony) and Lebanon, until no more room is found for them. 11 He shall pass through the sea with affliction, and strike the waves of the sea: all the depths of the River (Nile) shall dry up. Then the pride of Assyria (North Iraq) shall be brought down, and the scepter of Egypt shall depart. 12 So I will strengthen them in the LORD (Yahweh), and they shall walk up and down in His name, says the LORD (Yahweh).” (NKJV) [Emphasis and comments added]
Jeremiah 23:3-8 “ “3 But I will gather the remnant of My flock out of all countries where I have driven them, and bring them back to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase. 4 I will set up shepherds over them who will feed them; and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, nor shall they be lacking,” says the LORD (Yahweh). 5 “Behold, the days are coming,” says the LORD (Yahweh), “that I will raise to David a Branch of Righteousness; a King shall reign and prosper, and execute Judgment and Righteousness in the earth. 6 In His days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell safely; now this is His name by which He will be called: THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS (YAHWEH OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS). 7 Therefore, behold, the days are coming,” says the LORD (Yahweh), “that they shall no longer say, ‘As the LORD (Yahweh) lives who brought up the children of Israel from the land of Egypt,’ 8 but, ‘As the LORD (Yahweh) lives who brought up and led the descendants of the House of Israel from the north country and from all the countries where I had driven them.’ And they shall dwell in their own land.” ” (NKJV) [Emphasis and comments added]
Jeremiah 50:1-5 “ “1 The word that the LORD (Yahweh) spoke against Babylon and against the land of the Chaldeans (Iraq) by Jeremiah the prophet. 2 “Declare among the nations, proclaim, and set up a standard; proclaim — do not conceal it — say, ‘Babylon is taken, Bel is shamed. Merodach is broken in pieces; her idols are humiliated, her images are broken in pieces.’ 3 For out of the north a nation comes up against her, which shall make her land desolate, and no one shall dwell therein. They shall move, they shall depart, both man and beast. 4 In those days and in that time,” says the LORD (Yahweh), “the children of Israel shall come, they and the children of Judah (united) together; with continual weeping they shall come, and seek the LORD (Yahweh) their God (Elohim/Mighty One). 5 They shall ask the way to Zion (Jerusalem), with their faces toward it, saying, ‘Come and let us join ourselves to the LORD (Yahweh) in a perpetual covenant that will not be forgotten.’ ” ” (NKJV) [Emphasis and comments added]
These prophecies are for the end of the age, the time when Messiah Yeshua will return from Heaven and establish the Kingdom of Yahweh here on earth. As the Scriptures clearly show, the House of Israel and the House of Judah are not finally joined together into one stick until that time. While there are even more prophecies about the reunion of Judah and Ephraim in the Old Testament, these should suffice to show how central this teaching is to the theme given to us in the Scriptures. The Second Great Exodus of all Israel consisting of the house of Israel and the house of Judah is a study in and of itself. We have only lightly made mention of this grand event that will take place in the very near future.
A couple of passages from the Tanakh speaks of Yahweh once again being married to Israel at the time of their national salvation:
Jeremiah 3:11-18 “11 Then the LORD (Yahweh) said to me, “Backsliding Israel has shown herself more righteous than treacherous Judah. 12 Go and proclaim these words toward the north, and say: ‘Return, backsliding Israel,’ says the LORD; ‘I will not cause My anger to fall on you. For I am merciful,’ says the LORD; ‘I will not remain angry forever. 13 Only acknowledge your iniquity, that you have transgressed against the LORD your God, and have scattered your charms to alien deities under every green tree, and you have not obeyed My voice,’ says the LORD. 14 Return, O backsliding children,” says the LORD; “for I am married to you. I will take you, one from a city and two from a family, and I will bring you to Zion. 15 And I will give you shepherds according to My heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding. 16 Then it shall come to pass, when you are multiplied and increased in the land in those days,” says the LORD, “that they will say no more, ‘The ark of the covenant of the LORD.’ It shall not come to mind, nor shall they remember it, nor shall they visit it, nor shall it be made anymore. 17 At that time Jerusalem shall be called The Throne of the LORD, and all the nations shall be gathered to it, to the name of the LORD, to Jerusalem. No more shall they follow the dictates of their evil hearts. 18 In those days the House of Judah shall walk with the House of Israel, and they shall come together out of the land of the north to the land that I have given as an inheritance to your fathers.” ” (NKJV) [Emphasis and comments added]
Hosea 2:13-23 “ “13 I will punish her for the days of the Baals to which she burned incense. She decked herself with her earrings and jewelry, and went after her lovers; but Me she forgot,” says the LORD. 14 “Therefore, behold, I will allure her, will bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfort to her. 15 I will give her her vineyards from there, and the Valley of Achor as a door of hope; she shall sing there, as in the days of her youth, as in the day when she came up from the land of Egypt. 16 And it shall be, in that day,” says the LORD, “that you will call Me ‘My Husband,’ and no longer call Me ‘My Master,’ 17 for I will take from her mouth the names of the Baals, and they shall be remembered by their name no more. 18 In that day I will make a covenant for them with the beasts of the field, with the birds of the air, and with the creeping things of the ground. Bow and sword of battle I will shatter from the earth, to make them lie down safely. 19 I will betroth you to Me forever; yes, I will betroth you to Me in righteousness and justice, in lovingkindness and mercy; 20 I will betroth you to Me in faithfulness, and you shall know the LORD (Yahweh). 21 It shall come to pass in that day that I will answer,” says the LORD; “I will answer the heavens, and they shall answer the earth. 22 The earth shall answer with grain, with new wine, and with oil; they shall answer Jezreel. 23 Then I will sow her for Myself in the earth, and I will have mercy on her who had not obtained mercy; then I will say to those who were not My people, ‘You are My people!’ and they shall say, ‘You are my God!’ ” ” (NKJV) [Emphasis and comments added]
Remember previously when it was stated that it would be important to remember that the Elohim/Mighty One/God of Israel who was married to the House of Israel and the House of Judah was the One who became Yeshua the Messiah. As we read earlier (Jeremiah 3:8), Yahweh divorced the House of Israel. However, in Jeremiah 3:14 and Hosea 2:16, we see that it is prophesied that both houses of Israel would once again be married to ‘Elohim’ and would call him “my husband.”
This concludes our study of Part 3 of Part 8 on The Two Houses of Israel. Stay tuned for Part 4.
AT HIS FEET
November 3, 2021
Ruth Revelation 8 – 10
Shalom aleichem (Peace be upon you) my Siblings in YESHUA Jesus,
Possibly you would like to print this devotional and write your own notes ALL OVER IT :o))) I will be copy/pasting the 4 short chapter of the entire book of RUTH (only 4 pages in my Bible) and the 3 short chapter excerpt of Revelation (only 2 pages in my Bible) and will add the notes I have in the margins of my Bible in blue.
As we know, names are very important. The name RUTH means “friend, a female associate; generally an additional one: - + another, mate, neighbour.” according to Strong’s H7327 & H7468. They say that coincidence is not a Kosher word; hence, I am convinced that my Mother’s name, RUTH, was not a coincidence. If I understand Monte Judah, a BELIEVING Jew, correctly, he named his son Ephraim Judah with regard to the prophecy of the two sticks, Ephraim and Judah, coming back together as one stick in the hand of the LORD, per Ezekiel 37:19. THESE ARE THE DAYS, my Friend! HalleluYAH!!! Having said that, let’s delve into the Scripture that IS about TODAY: (MaraDale and I are heading out of state, tomorrow, for a few days, to attend a very special wedding. During that time, I won’t be writing or sending out devotionals and I hope this will be sufficient time for you to munch and digest the essence of the following :o))
Ruth 1:1 Now it came to pass in the days when the judges ruled, that there was a famine in the land. And a certain man of Bethlehemjudah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he, and his wife, and his two sons.
Rth 1:2 And the name of the man was Elimelech, and the name of his wife Naomi, and the name of his two sons Mahlon and Chilion, Ephrathites [H673 an Ephraimite] of Bethlehemjudah. And they came into the country of Moab, and continued there.
Rth 1:3 And Elimelech Naomi's husband died; and she was left, and her two sons.
Rth 1:4 And they took them wives of the women of Moab; the name of the one was Orpah [H6204 from H6203 back of the neck, declining], and the name of the other Ruth [H7327 friend]: and they dwelled there about ten years.
Rth 1:5 And Mahlon and Chilion died also both of them; and the woman was left of her two sons and her husband.
Rth 1:6 Then she arose with her daughters in law [H3618 a bride, a son’s wife. from 3634 to complete: (make) perfect.], that she might return from the country of Moab: for she had heard in the country of Moab how that the LORD had visited his people in giving them bread. [see John 6:33, 35, 48, 51]
Rth 1:7 Wherefore she went forth out of the place where she was, and her two daughters in law with her; and they went on the way [see John 14:6] to return unto the land of Judah.
Rth 1:8 And Naomi said unto her two daughters in law, Go, return each to her mother's house: the LORD deal kindly with you, as ye have dealt with the dead, and with me.
Rth 1:9 The LORD grant you that ye may find rest, each of you in the house of her husband. Then she kissed them; and they lifted up their voice, and wept.
Rth 1:10 And they said unto her, Surely we will return with thee unto thy people.
Rth 1:11 And Naomi said, Turn again, my daughters: why will ye go with me? are there yet any more sons in my womb, that they may be your husbands?
Rth 1:12 Turn again, my daughters, go your way; for I am too old to have an husband. If I should say, I have hope, if I should have an husband also to night, and should also bear sons;
Rth 1:13 Would ye tarry for them till they were grown? would ye stay for them from having husbands? nay, my daughters; for it grieveth me much for your sakes that the hand of the LORD is gone out against me.
Rth 1:14 And they lifted up their voice, and wept again: and Orpah kissed her mother in law; but Ruth clave unto her.
Rth 1:15 And she said, Behold, thy sister in law is gone back [Orpah H6203 show the back of the neck (and walk AWAY!)] unto her people, and unto her gods: return thou after thy sister in law.
Rth 1:16 And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God: [H430 ELohim = Deity]
Rth 1:17 Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the LORD do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me.
Rth 1:18 When she saw that she was stedfastly minded to go with her, then she left speaking unto her.
Rth 1:19 So they two [see Zechariah 8:23 ! “Thus saith the LORD of hosts; In those days [right now, TODAY, I AM one of these in THESE DAYS!] it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you: for we have heard that God is with you. ” and , with Ruth, I] went until they came to Bethlehem. And it came to pass, when they were come to Bethlehem, that all the city was moved about them, and they said, Is this Naomi? [Naomi must have been VERY popular!]
Rth 1:20 And she said unto them, Call me not Naomi, call me Mara [H4755 Bitter]: for the Almighty hath dealt very bitterly with me. [as with MaraDale’s diabetes :o/ and yet, MaraDale is SO cheerful, even as Naomi in Ruth 4:14-16]
Rth 1:21 I went out full, and the LORD hath brought me home again empty: why then call ye me Naomi, seeing the LORD hath testified against me, and the Almighty hath afflicted me?
Rth 1:22 So Naomi returned, and Ruth the Moabitess, her daughter in law, with her, which returned out of the country of Moab: and they came to Bethlehem in the beginning of barley harvest [the month of AVIV! Passover!].
Ruth 2:1 And Naomi had a kinsman of her husband's, a mighty man of wealth [a preview of our Kinsman REDEEMER YESHUA!], of the family of Elimelech; and his name was Boaz.
Rth 2:2 And Ruth the Moabitess [not yet an Israeli] said unto Naomi, Let me now go to the field, and glean ears of corn [poor translation. We do not harvest corn in the spring; as the adage goes, “knee high by the 4th of July.” This is AVIV (ripe) Barley! in the spring of the year – PASSOVER… “let me now go”] after him in whose sight I shall find grace. And she said unto her, Go, my daughter. [we’re getting closer to the wedding :o))]
Rth 2:3 And she went, and came, and gleaned in the field after the reapers: and her hap [H4745 accident, fortune, chance, event happened!] was to light on a part of the field belonging unto Boaz, who was of the kindred of Elimelech.
Rth 2:4 And, behold, Boaz came from Bethlehem [see Matthew 2:1], and said unto the reapers, The LORD be with you. And they answered him, The LORD bless thee [not “all hail” as poorly translated in Matthew 28:9 “And as they went to tell HIS Disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail.” NO. YESHUA would have said, “The LORD bless thee” the common Hebrew greeting of HIS ancestors! Even that of Boaz :o))].
Rth 2:5 Then said Boaz unto his servant that was set over the reapers, Whose damsel is this?
Rth 2:6 And the servant that was set over the reapers answered and said, It is the Moabitish damsel that came back with Naomi out of the country of Moab:
Rth 2:7 And she said, I pray you, let me glean and gather after the reapers among the sheaves: so she came, and hath continued even from the morning until now, that she tarried a little in the house [Ruth spent a LOT of time working in the field!].
Rth 2:8 Then said Boaz unto Ruth, Hearest thou not, my daughter? Go not to glean in another field, neither go from hence, but abide here fast by my maidens: [of Israel, Whom I want to be with :o))]
Rth 2:9 Let thine eyes be on the field that they do reap, and go thou after them: have I not charged the young men that they shall not touch thee? and when thou art athirst, go unto the vessels, and drink of that which the young men have drawn. [this sounds like my MESSIAH, my KINSMAN REDEEMER to me :o))]
Rth 2:10 Then she fell on her face, and bowed herself to the ground, and said unto him, Why have I found grace in thine eyes, that thou shouldest take knowledge of me, seeing I am a stranger [even as I am, and I, too, wonder why would HE take knowledge of such as me]?
Rth 2:11 And Boaz answered and said unto her, It hath fully been shewed me, all that thou hast done unto thy mother in law since the death of thine husband: and how thou hast left thy father and thy mother, and the land of thy nativity, and art come unto a people which thou knewest not heretofore.
Rth 2:12 The LORD recompense thy work, and a full reward be given thee of the LORD God of Israel, under whose wings thou art come to trust.
Rth 2:13 Then she said, Let me find favour in thy sight, my lord; for that thou hast comforted me, and for that thou hast spoken friendly unto thine handmaid, though I be not like unto one of thine handmaidens.
Rth 2:14 And Boaz said unto her, At mealtime come thou hither, and eat of the bread, and dip thy morsel in the vinegar. And she sat beside the reapers: and he reached her parched corn [No, the Western translators did not understand the FEASTS of The LORD, the MOADIM of Genesis 1:14, that this is the time of PASSOVER in the spring of the year and it is BARLEY], and she did eat, and was sufficed, and [Ruth had] left [overs :o))].
Rth 2:15 And when she was risen up to glean, Boaz commanded his young men, saying, Let her glean even among the sheaves, and reproach her not:
Rth 2:16 And let fall also some of the handfuls of purpose for her, and leave them, that she may glean them, and rebuke her not.
Rth 2:17 So she gleaned in the field until even, and beat out that she had gleaned: and it was about an ephah of barley [YES! and FIVE U.S. GALLONS!!!!! https://www.convert-me.com/en/convert/history_volume/bibephah.html?u=bibephah&v=1].
Rth 2:18 And she took it up, and went into the city: and her mother in law saw what she had gleaned: and she brought forth, and gave to her that she had reserved after she was sufficed [after Ruth had eaten sufficiently; and, they are grinding and eating the barley of this harvest, hence, UNleavened because there is not time at this threshing floor for the bread to rise and it the PASSOVER time of year :o))].
Rth 2:19 And her mother in law said unto her, Where hast thou gleaned to day? and where wroughtest thou? blessed be he that did take knowledge of thee. And she shewed her mother in law with whom she had wrought, and said, The man's name with whom I wrought to day is Boaz.
Rth 2:20 And Naomi said unto her daughter in law, Blessed be he of the LORD, who hath not left off his kindness to the living and to the dead. And Naomi said unto her, The man is near of kin unto us, one of [see Ruth 3:12 & 13] our next kinsmen.
Rth 2:21 And Ruth the Moabitess said, He said unto me also, Thou shalt keep fast [(not abstain from food :o) H1692 cling or adhere to, abide] by my young men, until they have ended all my harvest.
Rth 2:22 And Naomi said unto Ruth her daughter in law, It is good, my daughter, that thou go out with his maidens, that they meet thee not in any other field.
Rth 2:23 So she kept fast by the maidens of Boaz to glean unto the end of barley harvest and [even through SHAVUOT/Pentecost] of wheat harvest; and dwelt with her mother in law.
Ruth 3:1 Then Naomi her mother in law said unto her, My daughter, shall I not seek rest for thee, that it may be well with thee?
Rth 3:2 And now is not Boaz of our kindred, with whose maidens thou wast? Behold, he winnoweth barley to night in the threshingfloor.
Rth 3:3 Wash thyself therefore, and anoint thee, and put thy raiment upon thee [isn’t this what WE are supposed to be doing, RIGHT NOW in preparation for OUR KINSMAN REDEEMER? most certainly!], and get thee down to the floor: but make not thyself known unto the man, until he shall have done eating and drinking.
Rth 3:4 And it shall be, when he lieth down, that thou shalt mark the place where he shall lie, and thou shalt go in, and uncover his feet [this is what John the Baptist is talking about in John 1:27? John is an Israeli. Ruth is a Moabitess, about to be “graffed in among them,” as Paul is speaking in Romans 11], and lay thee down; and he will tell thee what thou shalt do.
Rth 3:5 And she said unto her, All that thou sayest unto me I will do [a Gentile taking INSTRUCTIONS from an Israeli :o))].
Rth 3:6 And she went down unto the floor, and did according to all that her mother in law bade her.
Rth 3:7 And when Boaz had eaten and drunk, and his heart was merry, he went to lie down at the end of the heap of corn [NO. we’re still talkin’ about barley]: and she came softly, and uncovered his feet, and laid her down.
Rth 3:8 And it came to pass at midnight, that the man was afraid, and turned himself: and, behold, a woman lay at his feet.
Rth 3:9 And he said, Who art thou? And she answered, I am Ruth thine handmaid: spread therefore thy skirt over thine handmaid; for thou art a near kinsman.
Rth 3:10 And he said, Blessed be thou of the LORD, my daughter: for thou hast shewed more kindness in the latter end than at the beginning, inasmuch as thou followedst not young men, whether poor or rich.
Rth 3:11 And now, my daughter, fear not; I will do to thee all that thou requirest: for all the city of my people doth know that thou art a virtuous woman [am I “virtuous” enough to be known for it? this is my desire, yes, indeed.].
Rth 3:12 And now it is true that I am thy near kinsman: howbeit there is a kinsman nearer than I.
Rth 3:13 Tarry this night, and it shall be in the morning, that if he will perform unto thee the part of a kinsman, well; let him do the kinsman's part: but if he will not do the part of a kinsman to thee, then will I do the part of a kinsman to thee, as the LORD liveth: lie down until the morning.
Rth 3:14 And she lay at his feet until the morning: and she rose up before one could know another. And he said, Let it not be known that a woman came into the floor.
Rth 3:15 Also he said, Bring the vail that thou hast upon thee, and hold it. And when she held it, he measured six measures of barley, and laid it on her: and she went into the city.
Rth 3:16 And when she came to her mother in law, she said, Who art thou, my daughter? And she told her all that the man had done to her.
Rth 3:17 And she said, These six measures of barley gave he me; for he said to me, Go not empty unto thy mother in law [my “mother in law” is ISRAEL! even as Ruth, when I go to the 3 FEASTS of The LORD, not empty handed, per the instructions given to The WORLD in Exodus 23:14-17].
Rth 3:18 Then said she, Sit still, my daughter, until thou know how the matter will fall: for the man will not be in rest, until he [even as HE, Yeshua] have finished the thing this day [see 2 Peter 3:8].
Ruth 4:1 Then went Boaz up to the gate, and sat him down there: and, behold, the kinsman of whom Boaz spake came by; unto whom he said, Ho [and santa mocks X 3 !], such a one! turn aside, sit down here. And he turned aside, and sat down.
Rth 4:2 And he [Boaz] took ten men of the elders of the city, and said, Sit ye down here. And they sat down.
Rth 4:3 And he said unto the kinsman, Naomi, that is come again out of the country of Moab, selleth a parcel of land, which was our brother Elimelech's:
Rth 4:4 And I thought to advertise thee, saying, Buy it before the inhabitants, and before the elders of my people. If thou wilt redeem it, redeem it: but if thou wilt not redeem it, then tell me, that I may know: for there is none to redeem it beside thee; and I am after thee. And he said, I will redeem it.
Rth 4:5 Then said Boaz, What day thou buyest the field of the hand of Naomi, thou must buy it also of Ruth the Moabitess [EeeeeOooo a Moabitess], the wife of the dead, to raise up the name of the dead upon his inheritance.
Rth 4:6 And the kinsman said, I cannot redeem it for myself, lest I mar mine own inheritance [interesting use of the word, “mar,” in regard to a “kinsman redeemer” in light of Isaiah 52:14 which is telling us about our KINSMAN REDEEMER’s BODY of whom I am a part! And whoever that dude was said to my REDEEMER]: redeem Thou my right to Thyself; for I cannot redeem it.
Rth 4:7 Now this was the manner in former time in Israel concerning redeeming and concerning changing [see Deuteronomy 25:9 !], for to confirm all things; a man plucked off his shoe, and gave it to his neighbour: and this was a testimony in Israel. [and John the Baptist said was not WORTHY to do that, in Mark 1:7, Luke 3:16, John 1:27, and Isaiah 20:2 and especially Deuteronomy 25:5-10]
Rth 4:8 Therefore the kinsman said unto Boaz, Buy it for thee. So he drew off his shoe.
Rth 4:9 And Boaz said unto the elders, and unto all the people, Ye are witnesses this day, that I have bought all that was Elimelech's, and all that was Chilion's and Mahlon's, of the hand of Naomi.
Rth 4:10 Moreover Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of Mahlon, have I purchased to be my wife, to raise up the name of the dead upon his inheritance, that the name of the dead be not cut off from among his brethren, and from the gate of his place: ye are witnesses this day.
Rth 4:11 And all the people that were in the gate, and the elders, said, We are witnesses. The LORD make the woman [even Ruth] that is come into thine house like Rachel and like Leah, which two did build the house of Israel: and do thou worthily in Ephratah, and be famous in Bethlehem:
Rth 4:12 And let thy house be like the house of Pharez, whom Tamar bare unto Judah, of the seed which the LORD shall give thee of this young woman.
Rth 4:13 So Boaz took Ruth, and she was his wife: and when he went in unto her, the LORD gave her conception, and she bare a son.
Rth 4:14 And the women said unto Naomi, Blessed be the LORD, which hath not left thee this day without a kinsman, that his name may be famous in Israel.
Rth 4:15 And he shall be unto thee a restorer of thy life, and a nourisher of thine old age: for thy daughter in law, which loveth thee, which is better to thee than seven sons, hath born him.
Rth 4:16 And Naomi took the child, and laid it in her bosom, and became nurse unto it.
Rth 4:17 And the women her neighbours gave it a name, saying, There is a son born to Naomi; and they called his name Obed: he is the father of Jesse, the father of David.
Rth 4:18 Now these are the generations of Pharez: Pharez begat Hezron,
Rth 4:19 And Hezron begat Ram, and Ram begat Amminadab,
Rth 4:20 And Amminadab begat Nahshon, and Nahshon begat Salmon,
Rth 4:21 And Salmon begat Boaz, and Boaz begat Obed,
Rth 4:22 And Obed begat Jesse, and Jesse begat David.
FLIPPING THE-PAGES-OF-TIME to here and the daze nigh at hand:
Revelation 8:1 And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.
Rev 8:2 And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets.
Rev 8:3 And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.
Rev 8:4 And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel's hand.
Rev 8:5 And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake. [according to this, the Temple service and ALTAR has NOT been done away with — as many of us have been taught!]
Rev 8:6 And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.
Rev 8:7 The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire [see Exodus 9:24 ! This OLD Testament stuff is getting pretty close-to-home !] mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.
Rev 8:8 And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire [have ya seen all the huge volcanoes lately? Here’s just one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0Jas0c_LnQ WOW!] was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood;
Rev 8:9 And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed.
Rev 8:10 And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters;
Rev 8:11 And the name of the star is called Wormwood [could the New York times be true? https://www.nytimes.com/1986/07/26/world/the-talk-of-moscow-chernobyl-fallout-apocalyptic-tale-and-fear.html]: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.
Rev 8:12 And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise.
Rev 8:13 And I beheld, and heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, Woe, woe, woe, to the inhabiters of the earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpet of the three angels, which are yet to sound!
Revelation 9:1 And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit.
Rev 9:2 And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit.
Rev 9:3 And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.
Rev 9:4 And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads.
Rev 9:5 And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man.
Rev 9:6 And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.
Rev 9:7 And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men.
Rev 9:8 And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions.
Rev 9:9 And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle. [Have you ever heard the sound of a pair of B-1 bombers taking off? The ground RUMBLES! B-1, the “bone” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rockwell_B-1_Lancer
(give ‘em the bone! is that what we think? Is the “bone” America’s god?
Is it mere coincidence that the “bone” is based at ELlsworth Air Force Base? Is the EL, on the tail, alluding to America’s god? EL in Hebrew means GOD and yet we see:
all mere coincidence? ]
(Click on above picture for source.)
Rev 9:10 And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months.
Rev 9:11 And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name; a Apollyon.
Rev 9:12 One woe is past and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter.
Rev 9:13 And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God,
Rev 9:14 Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates.
Rev 9:15 And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men.
Rev 9:16 And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand [200 MILLION]: and I heard the number of them.
Rev 9:17 And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone.
Rev 9:18 By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths.
Rev 9:19 For their power is in their mouth, and in their tails: for their tails were like unto serpents, and had heads, and with them they do hurt.
Rev 9:20 And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk:
Rev 9:21 Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries [RUH ROH ! There’s that word again: G5331 φαρμακεία pharmakeia
far-mak-i'-ah From G5332; medication (“pharmacy”), that is, (by extension) magic (literal or figurative): - sorcery, witchcraft.], nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.
Revelation 10:1 And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire:
Rev 10:2 And he had in his hand a little book open [The TORAH, right? by which the entire EARTH will be JUDGED!]: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth,
Rev 10:3 And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices.
Rev 10:4 And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I [John] was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not.
Rev 10:5 And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven,
Rev 10:6 And sware by HIM that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein [see John 1:1-5 !!!!!], that there should be [created] time no longer:
Rev 10:7 But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to HIS servants the prophets.
Rev 10:8 And the voice which I heard from heaven spake unto me again, and said, Go and take the little book [TORAH, by which ALL the WORLD will be JUDGED!] which is open in the hand of the angel which standeth upon the sea and upon the earth.
Rev 10:9 And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey.
Rev 10:10 And I took the little book out of the angel's hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter.
Rev 10:11 And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.
ABBA’s entire Holy Bible is SOOOOOOOOOOO SWEET when we read it; and, SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO bitter when we try to share it with others who REJECT it.
LORD help us. Please forgive us. Please send YESHUA, YOUR SALVATION, soon.
B’shem YESHUA ha Mashiyach Nagid Malek Tzadek Aw-mane’
In the name of Jesus the Christ Prince of Peace KING of RIGHTEOUSNESS AMEN
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KNIT TOGETHER AS ONE MAN
LOVE & WAR
November 2, 2021
Judges 17 – 21 Revelation 7
Judges 20:1 …, and the congregation was gathered together as one man, …
Judges 20:8 And all the people arose as one man, …
Judges 20:11 …, knit together AS ONE MAN.
Of all THRILLER novels, Judges 17 thru 21 is the Cadillac!!!!! Right outta-th’-chute, chapter 17 abruptly takes off on a tangent ALL ITS OWN! As I was scratching my head, wondering — what on Earth is happening here — I mean, really, this is outta-the-clear-blue even as Genesis chapter 38! Genesis 37 is about Joseph being sold, by his older brothers into Egyptian slavery and ends with, “Genesis 37:36 And the Midianites sold him [Joseph] into Egypt unto Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh's, and captain of the guard.” Skipping Genesis 38, ahead to, Genesis 39 continues: “Genesis 39:1 And Joseph was brought down to Egypt; and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him of the hands of the Ishmeelites, which had brought him down thither.” GENESIS 38 comes outta the clear blue twilight zone with Judah going in unto his daughter-in-law, Tamar, who becomes an ancestor of our MESSIAH and ABRUPTLY we are back with Joseph in Egypt! WHAT???!!! The interjection of Judges 17 thru 21, with mention of Tamar (Baaltamar = husband of Tamar H1193, H1167 & H8558) in Judges 20:33, amid Israel’s HIStory is a bit of an INSTANT REPLAY of Genesis 38. Families can be so BAZAAR! And yet, ECCLESIASTES The PREACHER is telling us:
Ecclesiastes 1:9 The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.
GENESIS 38, Judges 17 thru 21, and Revelation 7 come into clear view and we can see clearly now:
(the little clips of John CANDY is a nice touch :o))
BOTTOM LINE: If reading Judges 17 thru 21 is too much, there is nothing I can say because it would take me VOLUMES to encapsulate the ENORMOUS information in these few Bible chapters. The entire HOLY BIBLE is, indeed, EXTRAORDINAIRE!!
As I sat in my easy chair, this morning, pausing between Judges 17 thru 21 and Revelation 7, looking out the window at the fresh fallen snow — a blanket that is covering every unsightly thing — pure and white and clean… my thoughts roamed into the possibilities of the daze ahead, as chaos is looming on our horizon; and, it would be
totally hopeLESS without Revelation 7. This chapter is between the 5th and 7th seals. It is DURING the opening of the 6th seal. It is quite obvious that we have NOT YET been “raptured” and are still here to witness these END TIMES events! We see the sealing of the hundred and forty four THOUSAND. Amid GLOBAL CHAOS, as amid GENESIS 37 and 39 and between Judges 16 and the beginning of RUTH, you and I find ourselves in the most BAZAAR TIMES! From my meager perspective, the 2020 (can you see clearly now?) elections were the KICK OFF for the game NEVER BEFORE played! It’s as though we are in a time warp. As friends and neighbors have stockpiled guns, I wonder, how do you SHOOT a virus? DUH. BLIND-SIDED AGAIN! if… we don’t know our BIBLE. When I think back, about the Bovine Scatology kangaroo court in the RLDS church and how “priesthood LIED” about me while testifying during the trial, the comfort for my soul, the balm for my eternal Spirit, comes from GENESIS 37 and 39, about the life of our eternal Brother Joseph. I can never hold back the tears when I read the WORDs of Joseph, when he is reconciling with his brothers:
Genesis 45:8 So now it was not you that sent me [Joseph] hither [into Egypt, as a slave], but God: and HE hath made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt.
My day is coming. Right now, as I sit and look out the window, over the fresh fallen snow, my task at hand is to learn forgiveness and who I am in HIS hand! Repentance, FORGIVENESS, and Return to our FATHER Who loves us beyond human ability to understand — is what it is all about!!
Judges 20:1 …, and the congregation was gathered together as one man, …
Judges 20:8 And all the people arose as one man, …
Judges 20:11 …, knit together AS ONE MAN.
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Thank You PAPA. I love you, B’shem YESHUA
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Melchizedek: A Biblical and Historical Profile (The Bible doesn't tell us much about Melchizedek, and the few times the name is mentioned it has some fairly large implications. Join us as we take a look at Melchizedek, in both a biblical and historical profile.)
Nimrod: A Biblical and Historical Profile (Nimrod: A Biblical and Historical Profile goes a little deeper than a basic reading and mentioning of this important figure. Are you interested in the hidden story of Nimrod found in Genesis?)
Fruit of Wolves (The prophets warned us about wolves. Paul warned us about wolves. Our savior instructed us to watch out for them and that they can be known by their fruit. Do you know how to recognize them in these times we live? This full length teaching dives into the study of identifying wolves. Join us as we begin to scripturally define and reveal the fruit of wolves.)
Subjecting Ourselves to Governing Authorities (Should we be subjecting ourselves to the governing authorities even if they go against the Torah? What did Paul mean by his statements in Romans 13:1-7?)
The Mo’edim Series - Purim (This series is designed to look at the mo'edim (or appointed times) of YHWH in a brief and concise way. In this video, we look at Purim. What is Purim? Is it an appointed time? Should we celebrate it? If so, how? If not, why not?)
HIDDEN BIBLICAL FEASTS REVEALED!! (Josh Peck and Dr. Ken Johnson's work with the DEAD SEA SCROLLS brings forth previously HIDDEN information on FEASTS celebrated by the Ancients that were briefly mentioned or not mentioned AT ALL in the biblical text! With this information now released from the SANDS OF TIME we are able to gain NEW CONTEXT for many of Jesus' parables!)
Perhaps one of the most oft quoted texts to "prove" that the dietary laws are not for the church is in Acts chapter 10, Peter's vision of the sheet. This is one of the most amazing scripture transformations I have ever experienced, and an excellent example of backwards interpreting. Backwards interpreting, simply put, means to use the New Testament to prove the validity of the Old Testament or to use our modern "Christian" traditions to validate the New Testament. All the testimony of the early "Church" witnessed to the fact that all New Testament sermons were validated by comparing them to the teaching of the Old Testament, not the other way around. The text in Acts is a good example. First, we look at what we are doing today. Today we eat whatever we want. Then we read the New Testament. We read that Peter had a vision in which the angel tells Peter to rise and eat all these clean and unclean animals. Conclusion? God bagged all the Old Testament dietary laws. How do we know that? Well that's what we are doing today! The same logic is used to prove that the early church met on Sunday, or that the Lord's supper was once a week or every 3rd Sunday! But is this what the book of Acts teaches? Let us take a look.
In Acts chapter 10 verses 1-8 we have the account of a gentile named Cornelius of the Italian band. Cornelius was called a devout man or a charediy in the Hebrew. This was one who made himself dedicated to Torah. He was also described as one that "feared" God. This was known as a ger toshav or one who sits at the gate. This was a term given to gentile converts who were zealous for the God of Israel, but were not yet ready to take on the yoke of the kingdom. There will be more on this in later lessons. Cornelius was told in a vision about the ninth hour (between the sixth and ninth hour was the minchah or afternoon prayer time) to send for Peter. So he sends two servants to fetch Peter, so to speak. Peter, in verse 9, about the sixth hour, again the beginning of afternoon prayer, is hungry and falls into a trance. The Holy Spirit shows him a vision of heaven opening and a sheet knit at the four corners being lowered down to earth. This sheet contains a mixture of clean and unclean animals. A voice speaks to him in the vision and says to rise, kill and eat. Peter responds naturally. "Not so my Lord; for I have never eaten anything that is common or unclean." These are two different concepts biblically. The voice speaks again and tells Peter what God has cleansed do not call common. The vision is repeated three times. In verse 17, Peter is perplexed! What does this mean? Well for modern Christian scholars this is a no-brainer. He is telling Peter he can eat whatever he wants now, and Peter is scripturally incompetent. He can not figure it out. "Why would the Lord tell me to do something like this", he must have been saying to himself. In verse 19 the Spirit says to Peter that three men seek him and to trust God for He has sent them. In verse 22 Peter is informed that a gentile, of all people, has sent for him. Between verses 22 and 28 Peter figures out what the vision was all about. Ordinarily Peter would not have gone to this man for he was a gentile and unclean in Peter's eyes. Verse 28 sums up the entire episode. "And he said unto them, Ye know that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath shown me that I should not call any man common or unclean." How much clearer can God be? The purpose of the vision was to teach Peter about what God is doing among the gentiles now. This has nothing to do with changes to what is good to eat and what is not. This has nothing to do with dietary laws being done away with. In chapter 11 Peter retells this vision. In verse 17 and 18 he concludes again, "Forasmuch, then, as God gave them the same gift as he did unto us, who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ, what was I, that I could withstand God? When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life."
So you see, the Ruach HaQodesh [the Set-Apart Spirit/Holy Spirit] is showing Kefa (Peter) that he is bringing gentiles into the body of Messiah by trusting just like the Jews. No longer is conversion accomplished by or through the temple or animal sacrifices. Gentiles who trust are now one with HaShem [The Name] and are no longer unclean or common. Kefa did not rise and eat nor did he explain the purpose of the vision as teaching such a thing. Why, theologically, would something not created to be eaten, suddenly because of Yeshua‘s sacrifice, be alright to eat? Yeshua died and rose to free us from the penalty of sin, not to free us from the laws that reveal our sin.
1 Timothy 4:1-5 has also been used to teach that everything is alright to swallow and digest as long as you pray over it first. First of all, this is cultic thinking to begin with. Sha’ul dealt with this kind of thinking in Corinth. The spirit world was supposed to have a profound effect upon food. The whole idea of contacting a higher power through prayer to change or manipulate the instructions of God is abominable at best. Verse one of chapter four begins with Sha’ul warning us about the latter days which had begun already according to Kefa in his first sermon in Acts. There were dozens of gnostic type cultic doctrines being taught. The cults taught that denying yourself in various ways pleased God or the gods. This would eventually lead to the monastic way of life. Many of these teachers would speak of denial and then partake of that which they denied anyway. This is why Sha’ul tells us that they speak lies in hypocrisy. They forbid marriage, as marriage would defile the body and divert the focus of attention from the deities. Many were teaching what we today would call vegetarianism, the abstaining from meat in particular. Animals were held in high esteem, and one would slowly become one by eating the flesh of anything that once lived and breathed. In verse 3 Sha’ul mentions this and reminds them that God created these "foods" to be received with thanksgiving. Every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused, if it is received with thanksgiving. Let me remind you what the word of God defines as foods and what is not food. This was discussed in part one. This is why Sha’ul reminds us what the subject is, the abstaining of certain "foods" for spiritual reasons. When Sha’ul says that "every" creature is good and not to be refused i.e. for eating purposes, he is not speaking of inedible objects. Bats, cats, spiders, dogs, and other humans are still not FOOD! ALL of God's creation is good, but not all of God's creation is FOOD. Those creatures that are to be for food are sanctified or separated out, by God in His word in verse 5. It is those who trust and know the truth that know these things. These verses are not talking about the dietary laws or even things "Jewish" as is sometimes taught. Forbidding to marry? Marriage is the foundation of Judaism! Forbidding to marry is not a precept of Judaism. We have many new age cults today practicing this same ritual. There are many in the organization called PETA, that call for this kind of lifestyle.
I hold and will continue to hold that God's words are eternal and are never antiquated or obsolete. It has, since the time of Adam, been in man's base nature to rebel and defy God's instructions. Some defy Him by simply not acknowledging Him. Others defy Him in His name. And still others cling to Him as if He were really a Father. Which one are you?
Shalom Alecheim! [Peace be upon you!]
October 30, 2021
In a single day Facebook was renamed, but Meta is much more than a name. Zuckerberg may create the metaverse but the Antichrist will use it. Why is the metaverse going to be more addictive than social media and why will it lead to the Mark of the Beast and the Image of the Beast? Watch this Last Days Breaking News episode with Nelson Walters to discover the hidden dangers in this new technology.
October 29, 2021
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October 29, 2021
November 2, 2021
The Days of Noah, the COVID-19 jab, and the Greater Exodus to come: are they connected? Watch this video to find out!
We were taught in the mainstream Christian world that there would be a pre-tribulation rapture – the rapture bus would come get us and then POOF! We are out of here! But is that what God’s word teaches us about the final redemption?
Did you know that God has an exit plan for us? In the days ahead, it will be important to know what that plan is!
In this teaching video you will learn: *What do the scriptures say about the Greater Exodus? *What is the purpose of the Greater Exodus? *When will the Greater Exodus happen? *How to prepare for the Greater Exodus?
Download PDF of the Scriptures shared in this video: https://www.dailyaudiotorah.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/Scriptures-shared-in-the-Greater-Exodus-Teaching.pdf
For more information about how the name YHVH is encoded in your DNA, please go to: https://bridgeconnectorministries.com/2021/10/10/the-mark-of-the-beast-vaccinations-the-abomination-causing-desolation-in-our-bodily-temples-the-3rd-temple-part-1/
You can also view this one: https://bridgeconnectorministries.com/2021/04/12/stunning-the-creators-name-is-found-in-your-dna/
The book, The Greater Exodus, by Monte Judah, can be found here:
The book, Tribulation Handbook, by Monte Judah, can be found here:
The Video teaching series on The Greater Exodus by Eddie Chumney, can be found here: http://hebroots.org/the-greater-exodus/principles-of-the-greater-exodus-watch-videos/
November 2, 2021
October 25, 2021
People all over the world have not only reported UFO sightings, but also having had direct contact with their pilots. The alien abduction phenomenon has only increased in frequency over the years. What are these alien beings? Are they physical, spiritual, something in between, or something different all together?
Paths of Old - Ancient Paths
Jeremiah 6:16; 18:15; Acts 15:21
“Thus said יהוה (Yahweh), “Stand in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths, where the good way is, and walk in it; and find rest for yourselves....” (Jeremiah 6:16)
“But My people have forgotten Me, they have burned incense to what is false, and they have stumbled from their ways, from the ancient paths, to walk in bypaths and not on a highway.” (Jeremiah 18:15)
Regular public reading of the Torah was introduced by Ezra the Scribe after the return of the Jewish people from their Babylonian captivity (c. 537 BCE), as described in the Book of Nehemiah 8. In the modern era, adherents of Orthodox Judaism practice Torah reading according to a set procedure they believe has remained unchanged in the two thousand years since the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem (70 CE).
“For from ancient generations Mosheh has, in every city, those proclaiming him – being read in the congregations every Sabbath.” (Acts 15:21)
Genesis בְּרֵאשִׁית (Bereishis = Beh-rey-sheet)
Meaning = “in beginning”
Bible readings for November 06, 2021. In the 11th solar month of the Hebrew 8th month.
Torah: Genesis 25:19—28:9
Haftarah: Malachi 1:1—2:7
Brit Chadashah: Romans 9:1—10:21; Hebrews 11:20, 12:14-17
Listen and learn from Rabbi Isaac's Dvar Torah teaching on Torah Parashah Toldot (תּוֹלְדֹת) meaning “generations” or “descendants,” and the sixth weekly Torah portion (פָּרָשָׁה, parashah) in the annual cycle of Torah reading covering Genesis 25:19-28:9.
In this week's reading, Toldot, Jacob and Esau are born. Isaac relocates to Philistine where he digs wells, resulting in friction between him and the locals. Rebecca and Jacob successfully deceive Isaac, tricking him into giving to Jacob the blessings he had intended for Esau.
If you are interested in downloading the annual Torah reading schedule with projected new moon sightings, Feast Days, click HERE.
Three Year Bible Reading Schedule
Genesis to Revelation
If you are interested in downloading the complete 3 year Bible reading schedule, click HERE. You can break up your Bible reading into 5 days of your choosing or combine the above readings of your choice.
"God Bless America?" The phrase comes from a patriotic song written by Irving Berlin in 1918 and has throughout its history been plagued by racism: A hundred years later, Americans have taken the phrase, "God Bless America" as a given birthright
October 30, 2021
Hi my name is Steph. I live in QLD, Australia and I come before you with some very important and weighty words and warnings from the LORD for the body of Christ, specifically here in Australia.
Please know that I am very aware that we are in the end times; we have been since Jesus walked the earth. The words from the LORD in this video, however, are not about the tribulation period, it is not that time, this is not the end.
At 12:40 I referred to the second army, one of the allies of the Midianites, that came against the "Midianites" - I meant to say, that came against the "Israelites".
The burden of carrying these words, to share them and to warm God's people, has been immense. Please, please seek the LORD like never before. Prioritise time in the secret place with your Heavenly Father. Come before our LORD Jesus in worship as your process these words.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13
November 2, 2021
These days, it seems everyone knows at least one person who claims to have seen a UFO in person Even more, pretty much everybody now has seen a UFO on film that was provided BY OUR VERY OWN GOVERNMENT! Why is this all occurring now and where will it lead? Join JOSH PECK and DR. THOMAS HORN in our discussion today about UFOs!
November 4, 2021
The materialist ideals of the Greeks manifested in the rejection of a supernatural source for the Bible. And if those books were not inspired, then the words in them were free to be reinterpreted or discarded based on human reason. Likewise, supernatural experiences were open to interpretation based on human wisdom, without being filtered through comparison to the Word of God. This resulted in the odd mix of science and spiritism that is the legacy of Emanuel Swedenborg, an eighteenth-century Swedish scientist, philosopher, and mystic. He was undoubtedly brilliant, but sometimes the brilliant are blinded by their own light.
Swedenborg’s theology encompasses the following concepts:
The Bible is the Word of God; however, its true meaning differs greatly from its obvious meaning. Furthermore, He and only He, via the help of angels, was in the position to shed light upon the true meaning and message of the Scriptures.
Swedenborg believed that the world of matter is a laboratory for the soul, where the material is used to “force-refine” the spiritual.
In many ways, Swedenborg was quite universal in his concepts, for he believed that all religious systems have their divine duty and purpose, and that this is not the sole virtue of Christianity.
Swedenborg believed that the mission of the Church is absolutely necessary inasmuch as, left to its own devices, humanity simply cannot work out its relationship to God.
He saw the real power of Christ’s life in the example it gave to others and vehemently rejected the concept of Christian atonement and original sin.[i]
Swedenborg believed the angels who contacted him lived elsewhere in the solar system. To this day, the Swedenborg Foundation offers a modern translation of the mystic’s 1758 work, Life on Other Planets, a book that “details Swedenborg’s conversations with spirits from Jupiter, Mars, Mercury, Saturn, Venus, and the moon, who discuss their lives on other planets and how their cultures differed from those of earthly life.”[ii] Swedenborg’s teachings on spiritism and angelic ETIs are still around, although rebranded as the New Church. (Maybe Swedenborgianism didn’t test well in focus groups.) It’s a small sect, with maybe ten thousand worldwide, but is the idea of angels on Jupiter communicating through visions any stranger than ETIs from “the contiguous universe” sending messages for the president of the United States through a retired NASA astronaut?
No, it is not. And we will discuss that astronaut later in this series.
November 4, 2021
Howard Phillips Lovecraft (1890–1937) is one of the giants of twentieth-century literature, although he wasn’t recognized as such until after his death. And because he wrote horror fiction, he wasn’t the kind of writer who got invited to fancy society parties. Lovecraft and his friends, most of whom he knew through volumes of letters—by one estimate, one hundred thousand of them[i]—that some believe were more influential than his published work, wrote to entertain, usually by crafting terrifying tales and conjuring monstrous images of overpowering, inhuman evil.
P. Lovecraft was a sickly child who missed so much school in his youth that he was basically self-educated. He never completed high school, giving up on his dream of becoming an astronomer, because of what he later called a “nervous breakdown.” It’s possible that whatever intellectual gift Lovecraft was given came at the expense of social skills. It’s also possible that he was tormented by the same demons—psychological or spiritual—that led both of his parents to spend the last years of their lives in an asylum. Lovecraft lived as isolated an existence as he could manage most of his life, and he admitted that “most people only make me nervous” and “that only by accident, and in extremely small quantities, would I ever be likely to come across people who wouldn’t.”[ii]
As a child, Lovecraft was tormented by night terrors. Beginning at age 6, young Howard was visited by what he called night-gaunts—faceless humanoids with black, rubbery skin, bat-like wings, and barbed tails, who carried off their victims to Dreamland. The nocturnal visitors were so terrifying that Howard remembered trying desperately to stay awake every night during this period of his life. It’s believed that these dreams, which haunted him for more than a year, had a powerful influence on his fiction.[iii]
From a Christian perspective, it’s a shame that Lovecraft’s mother, who raised Howard with his aunts after his father was committed to a psychiatric hospital when Howard was only three, failed to recognize the phenomenon for what it was—demonic oppression of her only child. But by the late nineteenth century, the technologically advanced West didn’t have room in its scientific worldview for such things. In fact, Lovecraft claimed to be a staunch atheist throughout his life.