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Favorite 52 Armageddon

Revelation 16:16 – “And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Har-Magedon.”

Throughout scripture a theme of final climactic battle is taught.  This battle is often referred to as the Battle of Armageddon.  Several themes are mentioned throughout scripture in relation to this battle: the sickle, a harvest, all nations, and a valley of judgment. Let’s take a look at these themes, and a couple more that are relevant.

Traditional View
The traditional view of this battle is that it is fought at the Mount(ain), or Har [הַר H2022], of Megiddo [מְגִדּן Megiddo or  מְגִדּוֹןMegiddon H4023b].  Unfortunately, there is no mountain (har הַר) at Megiddo – only a small hill, often called a tell in scripture and other references.  2 Chronicles 35:22 only speaks of the Plain [biqah בִּקְעָה H1237] of Megiddo, as does Zechariah 12:11.  The word Plain is the Hebrew word biqah [בִּקְעָה H1237], which means a wide, level valley.  Judges 5:19 speaks of the waters [mayim מַיִם H4325] of Megiddo, but again, no mountain.

The Scrolls
Revelation 16:16 states clearly that this word, Armageddon, must be understood in the “Hebrew tongue.”   There are about 5000 scrolls that make up the Majority  or Byzantine Text.  Only between six and twelve of these scrolls (The Textus Receptus) were used to translate the Authorized King James version of the Bible.  And it is only in the Textus Receptus scrolls that one finds the word, armageddon, [Ἁρμαγεδδών G717] spelled with two “d”s.  The vast majority of the other scrolls spell this word with only one “d”.
Textus Receptus                   – armageddōn      Ἁρμαγεδδών
Alexandrus / Vaticanus         – armagedōn        Ἁρμαγεδών
Byzantine                              – armagedōn        Ἁρμαγεδών

Also, the vowels of armagedon and of Megiddo do not match. Megiddo is spelled with an: e – – i, not an: a – – e, and has no H in front! Most translations follow the King James, spelling: Armageddon.  The CEV and Darby spell it correctly as Armagedon,  The NASB, ASV, and NRSV add the “H” and spell it Har-magedon.

The Word Armageddon
Luke 3:17 – “His winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”

The word ‘Armageddon’ is made up of three Hebrew words presented below:
Aremah – [עֲרֵמָהH6194]: a heap, a pile, a heap of sheaves.  Aremah comes from `âram [עָרַם H6192]: to be heaped up.  This word is taken from “Come against Babylon from every quarter; open her granaries; pile her up like heaps of grain, and destroy her utterly” (Jeremiah 50:26). Boaz slept on an aremah.  During harvest time they would tie the grain stalks into bundles, and then heap them up into piles (Ruth 3:7).  Micah 4:12 says: “For He has gathered them like sheaves [amir עָמִירH5995] to the threshing floor.”

Amir, âram, andʽâmar  עָמַרall mean to heap up, and all use essentially the same Hebrew letters, a עָ  r ר  m ם,  as the first three letters in the Greek armagedon, just in differing order.  This is very typical of Hebrew writing, which regularly transposes letters in like meaning words.

Gayê – [גַּיְא H1516]: a valley, a steep valley, a narrow gorge.  This word can be found in Joshua 15:8 & 18:16,  2 Kings 23:10, Nehemiah 11:30, and Jeremiah 7:31-32 – speaking of the valley of Ben-Hinnom.

Don – from diyn [דִּין H1777 or den דִּין H1778]: meaning to judge, contend, plead, judgment.  It is essentially the same word as shâphaṭ [שָׁפַטH8199], as in Jeho-shaphat (Yahweh Judges).

When all these elements are combined, the word is found to mean: “A heap of sheaves in a valley for judgment.”

The Sickle And The Heap of Sheaves
Joel 3:13 – “Put in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe.  Come, tread, for the wine press is full; the vats overflow, for their wickedness is great Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision!”
Micah 4:12 – “He has gathered them like sheaves to the threshing floor.”
Zechariah 12:9 – “In that day I will make the clans of Judah like a firepot among pieces of wood and a flaming torch among sheaves, so they will consume on the right hand and on the left all the surrounding peoples . . .”
Revelation 14:14-20 – “Then I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and sitting on the cloud was one like a son of man, having a golden crown on His head and a sharp sickle in His hand.  And another angel came out of the temple, crying out with a loud voice to Him who sat on the cloud, ‘Put in your sickle and reap, for the hour to reap has come, because the harvest of the earth is ripe.’  Then He who sat on the cloud swung His sickle over the earth, and the earth was reaped And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, and he also had a sharp sickle.  Then another angel, the one who has power over fire, came out from the altar; and he called with a loud voice to him who had the sharp sickle, saying, ‘Put in your sharp sickle and gather the clusters from the vine of the earth, because her grapes are ripe.’  So the angel swung his sickle to the earth and gathered the clusters from the vine of the earth, and threw them into the great wine press of the wrath of God.  And the wine press was trodden outside the city, and blood came out from the wine press, up to the horses’ bridles, for a distance of two hundred miles.”

The harvest theme during which the sickle is used to harvest the ripe grains and the wine press is trodden are common themes regarding the last days, the time of the battle of Armageddon.  Each of these themes also has in common that they take place outside the city of Jerusalem within the surrounding peoples.

All Nations At The Valley of Judgment
Micah 4:11 – “And now many nations have been assembled against [Zion], who say ‘Let her be defiled’.”
Zechariah 12:2-3 – “Behold, I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that causes reeling to all the peoples around; and when the siege is against Jerusalem, it will also be against Judah.  It will come about in that day that I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone for all the peoples; all who lift it will be severely injured.”
Zechariah 12:9 – “I will destroy all nations that come against Jerusalem.”
Zechariah 14:2 – “I will gather all the nations to fight against Jerusalem.”
Joel 3:2 – “Let the nations be called to arms. Let them march to the valley of Jehoshaphat. There I, Yahweh, will sit to pronounce judgment on them all.
Joel 3:12 – “Let the nations be aroused and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat, For there I will sit to judge all the surrounding nations.”
Joel 3:14 – “For the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.”

All the action takes place outside the city of Jerusalem, not sixty miles north near Megiddo.  In Joel 3:11-17, details of a major conflict in the Valley of Jehoshaphat are given. This account runs parallel to that battle of Armageddon recorded in Revelation 16:14-18.  The Middle East will be the focal point of the battle of Armageddon in the southern part of Israel, in the Valley of Jehoshaphat.  The Valley of Jehoshaphat is also known as the Kidron Valley.  Armageddon, therefore, takes place in the Kidron Valley.

Gideon Fighting The Midianites: A Picture Of Armageddon (Judges 6-8)
It was a time of the threshing of the wheat – 6:11, Israel served the Midianites for seven years,  God sent a prophet to them, fire fell on the sacrifice, they took ten men at night – 6:1-27.  The children of the East come across the Jordan River and come into the Valley of Jezreel.  There they gathered together, pitched their tents, and blew the trumpet– 6:33-34.  There were two princes slain – 7:25.  They were slain at the wine press – 7:25. They cross the Jordon and meet at Succoth – 7:25.   Israel destroyed the Ishmaelites – 8:24. They beat the enemy with thorns – 8:16-17.

The Armageddon Parallel:
All the end time events happen at the end time harvest.  The tribulation will be 7 years – Daniel 9:27.  Elijah will come to restore all things – Revelation 11:1-2.  Elijah will call fire from heaven – Revelation 11:5.  There will be 10 kings that arise during this time – Revelation 17:12.  Kings of the East will come across the Euphrates to the valley of Jezreel for the last great battle – Revelation 16:12.  All nations will be gathered together in the Valley of Jezreel – Zechariah 14:2, and Revelation 16:16.  When Messiah returns, there will be a blowing of the trumpet – Matthew 24:31.  Two beasts (antichrist and false prophet) are slain – Revelation 13:1-2, 11.  They were slain in the wine press of the wrath of God, – Revelation 14:20, 19:15.  The Lord comes with a rod of iron to tread down his enemies.  The Arab (and Edomite) nations surrounding Israel are destroyed – Revelation 19:15.

Blood Up To The Bridal
Isaiah 34: 2-3 – “For Yeshua is enraged against the nations. His fury is against all their armies. He will completely destroy them, dooming them to slaughter Their dead will be left unburied, and the stench of rotting bodies will fill the land. The mountains will flow with their blood.”
 Isaiah 63: 3 – “I have trodden the winepress alone, And from the peoples no one was with Me. For I have trodden them in My anger, And trampled them in My fury; Their blood is sprinkled upon My garments, And I have stained all My robes.”
Revelation 14:20 – “And the wine press was trodden outside the city [of Jerusalem], and blood came out from the wine press, up to the horses’ bridles, for a distance of two hundred miles.”

Only in a tight, deep gorge, could the blood rise to such levels.  Blood, like water, will seek its own level, and on the plains of Megiddo this would be virtually impossible, but not in the Kidron Valley, not in the Valley of Jehoshaphat – a valley that sits just outside the city of Jerusalem to the east and just west of Edom!  Here it could easily reach a height of around five feet.

Revelation 16:16 – “And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Har-Magedon.”

This verse states clearly that this word, Armageddon, must be understood in the “Hebrew tongue.”   It is made up of three Hebrew words: Aremah, Gayê, and Don.  When all these elements are combined, the word is found to mean: “A heap of sheaves in a valley for judgment.”  All nations are gathered together in a valley and the sickle is brought out to harvest the fields and heap up the sheaves. That valley is clearly described in scripture as the Valley of Jehoshaphat, another name for the Kidron Valley – a valley that sits just outside the city of Jerusalem to the east and just west of Edom!  Armageddon, therefore, takes place in the Kidron Valley, just outside the city of Jerusalem, exactly as prophesied in the Bible scriptures.

Prophecy continues to unfold as foretold by the Hebrew prophets. The stage is being set. History is moving extremely quickly towards the prophesied one world government, the one world financial system, and the rise of both the Antichrist and the False Prophet. The birth pangs are just over the horizon. Yeshua Ha’Mashiach is coming soon – get busy reaching the lost.

Favorite 51 Vatican A Tool of Satan

The Political Maneuverings
In October 2011, the Vatican called for a “global public authority” and a “central world bank”. In March 2011 the new cardinals were elected who will be responsible for electing the next pope, whenever that takes place. The behind the scenes maneuverings are most amazing to watch. Again, look at the “leaked” documents.

Benedict Resigns
Pope Benedict XVI would resign in April of 2012. News broke today of Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to resign due to health issues as of February 28, 2013 at 20:00 hours, to the surprise of even Vatican insiders. Benedict is the first Pontiff since 1415 to resign the office. Most Popes leave the office only upon their death. On March 13, 2013, at 8:13pm, with a cloud of white smoke wafting out of the chimney of the Sistine Chapel, the Vatican announced its newest Pope, Pope Francis I.

The Prophecy of the Popes
The final Pope on St. Malachy’s prophecy was to be called Peter the Roman. According to his prophecy, Peter the Roman will be the pope who cooperates with the Antichrist, and that this cooperation will result in the city of seven hills being destroyed. The name Francis, it would appear, has nothing to do with the name Peter. Not so fast! St. Francis of Assisi’s full name is: Francesco di Pietro (Peter) di Bernardone — literally, Peter the Roman. Oh my! But wait, there’s more. The numerous occultic signs surrounding this election, especially in relation to the number 13 cannot be totally dismissed. Francis was elected on 3-13-13 at 8:13. At the same time, the comet Pan-Starrs was hovering close to the moon, even appearing to silhouette it. The meaning of Pan is “all” and Starrs (or Stars) scripturally can be a synonym for angels (or demons)!

The Alien Agenda
Monsignor Balducci, a member of the Vatican Curia, has several times on TV stated that extraterrestrial contact is a real phenomena. Guy Consolmagno, the Vatican’s senior scientist, has also hinted that alien life is real.

The Direction This May Be Going
If it is true that cultic acts of Satanic pedophilia and perhaps even human sacrifice have lead to the enthronement of Lucifer in the Vatican, then where is this leading? If Lucifer (Satan, or the antichrist) is about to be revealed, then it makes sense that the False Prophet will be revealed first (just as John the Baptizer preceded Jesus) in order to trumpet his master’s arrival on the scene. The woman is about to ride the beast!

The Vatican Wants Jerusalem
For many years, now, the Vatican has been trying to lay its hands on Jerusalem. The sites specifically mentioned are the Upper Room on Mount Zion and the garden of Gethsemane at the foot of the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem. The first site also houses what is referred to as King David’s tomb. Israel’s deputy foreign minister, Danny Ayalon, believes that this could begin by initially allowing the Vatican more control over these sites than it currently has.

The Vatican also wants Israel to relinquish the Western Wall and the Temple Mount, The Garden of Gethsemane at the foot of the Mount of Olives, The Tomb of King David and The Upper Room on Mount Zion, and other holy sites. In February and March of 2013, officials of the Vatican met with representatives of the Palestine Liberation Organization. Documents released by the Vatican have begun referring to the “State of Palestine”. These moves continue to show that the Vatican supports Arab sovereignty over Jerusalem, and the removal of Israeli control over the region.

Why They Want It
The Vatican has desired Jerusalem as far back as era of the crusades. But why? It has been conjectured that the coming One World Religion is to be headquartered here. It has also been conjectured that the next (and final) pope will be the head of this religion. Revelation Chapter 11 tells us that at that time Jerusalem will spiritually be called Sodom and Egypt, Jerusalem will be the place where the two witnesses will be killed, and Jerusalem will also be the home of the third temple, in which the antichrist will declare himself to be god. Further conjecture predicts that it will be the antichrist who will actually build the third temple.

Now, if the Vatican has indeed been a tool of Satan, if the next pope is going to be the false prophet predicted by Biblical scripture and who is in cohorts with the antichrist, then this would certainly explain the decades old desire of the Vatican to control Jerusalem.

What They Will Receive
In December of 2011 Israel National News reported that Israel might consider giving the Vatican a greater role in operating the sites. In June 2012, the new Pope may be granted an official seat in the room where Jesus is supposed to have broken bread and drunk wine with his disciples on the eve of his crucifixion.

This agreement, once ratified, will give the Pope “special authority over the second floor of the Cenacle Shrine building, so that Christian pilgrims will be able to celebrate religious functions like Pope John Paul did in 2000”. The agreement will give greater control to the Vatican over the area known as King David’s Tomb. The agreement will also directly impact the Diaspora Yeshiva, as both The Tomb of King David and the room of the Last Supper are on Yeshiva grounds. The Diaspora Yeshiva has renovated the area and has never interfered with tourism to the sites.

Rick Halpern, director of the Mt. Zion Redevelopment Project, feels this agreement, if signed, will be used by the Vatican to openly promote their agenda (i.e. promotion of Arab and Palestinian statehood), minimizing the current Jewish and Christian atmosphere that surrounds the site.

Zechariah 12:2-3 “And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.”
The Vatican has consistently proven that it is not Israel friendly. It has worked diligently since the late 1990’s to gain control over Jerusalem and the surrounding area and to minimize the authority of Israelis, often using secret behind the scenes diplomacy. It continues to promote the “replacement theology” false claim that the “church” has replaced Israel in Yahweh’s plans. It continues to promote and recognize Palestinian statehood and the division of Israel, both of which scripture declares forbidden actions.

Favorite 50 – Israel Stands Alone

Blessings and Curses
Genesis 12:3 – “And I will bless those that bless you, and curse those that curse you: and in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.”
Yahweh promises to glorify his name, and in so doing, to bless Israel. Below are some of the ways he is doing it:

Jewish Nobel Prize Winners
In the 20th century the Nobel prize has gone to Jews more than to any other minority. Almost one-fifth of all Nobel prize winners have been Jewish. What makes this even more amazing is that Jewish people only comprise about 1/24th of 1 percent of the world’s population. One would think that Arabs, a much larger group, would have the most winners. But no, most Arab nations have only one, or none!

Israeli Wins World Food Prize – June 13, 2012
Isaiah 35:1-2 – “The wilderness and the desert will be glad, And the Arabah will rejoice and blossom; It will blossom profusely And rejoice with rejoicing and shout of joy.”
Professor Daniel Hillel has become the first Israeli to win the World Food Prize from the World Food Prize Foundation for his “groundbreaking work in micro-irrigation and his success in bridging cultural gaps to solve a global issue.” His micro-irrigation processes, which carries water through narrow plastic pipes to plants, where it drips or trickles onto the roots in a continuous way, have turned the deserts into a gardens. It has revolutionized agricultural and food production practices in over thirty countries over the past five to six decades, helping thousands of farmers first in the Middle East and then around the world.

Today, Israel is one of the largest exporters of fresh produce, flowers, and other agricultural products, as well as machinery and equipment, software, cut diamonds, chemicals, textiles and apparel. Its primary export partners are the United States, the European Union, Hong Kong, India and Turkey.

Off-shore energy fields have been discovered that may even surpass previous finds, such as the Tamar and Leviathan locations. The Pelagic fields cover half a million acres of sea approximately west of Haifa, and drillings indicate 6.7 trillion cubic feet of gas and 1.4 billion barrels of oil. This discovery could rival Saudi Arabia oil reserves, allowing Israel to become an oil/gas exporter. These discoveries continue to this day.

Israel Stands Alone
Numbers 23:9 “As I see him from the top of the rocks, and I look at him from the hills; behold, a people who dwells apart, and will not be reckoned among the nations.”
Psalm 83:2-4 – “Your enemies make an uproar, And those who hate you have exalted themselves. They make shrewd plans against your people, and conspire together saying, ‘Come, and let us wipe them out as a nation,  that the name of Israel will be remembered no more’.”
The revolts and wars going on in the Middle East might tend to make one believe that these are unrelated items. Many think that these uprisings are being organized by Iran, or perhaps, the Muslim Brotherhood. What I see, however, is Yahweh putting into place the nations that will come against Israel in the near future to wipe Israel off the map.

Psalm 83:5-2-6 – “For they — The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites, Moab and the Hagrites; 7Gebal and Ammon and Amalek, Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre, have conspired together with one mind against you.”
Yahweh is gathering these nations under the rule of Islam, preparing them for the judgments which scripture tells us will happen in the end times. So, who are the folks listed above?
• The Ishmaelites are the Arab Saudis and those from Amalek are the Arabs from the Sinai area.
• The tents of Edom, and Moab, and Ammonites are the Palestinians and Jordanians.
• The tents of Gebal and Tyre are the Lebanese and Hezbollah
• The Philistia are the Hamas of the Gaza Strip
• The Hagrites are the Hagarenes, or Egyptians.

When these surrounding nations attack Israel, then Zechariah 12:2-9 tells us that Israel will emerge victorious.

Glory to His Name
Truly, Yahweh blesses Abraham’s descendants, and curses those who curse him. Truly Yahweh has blessed all families on earth through Abraham’s progeny. Israel has given us many improvements in electronics, agriculture, medicine, and other areas. Yahweh blesses the entire world by these inventions, bringing glory to his name.

Each of the nations listed above are nations that will be subdued either by Israel or by Yahweh himself, by which He will glorify his name and his people. When will the leaders of the nations understand that letting Israel grow and become prosperous is a blessing to the entire world. Undoubtedly, not until Yeshua returns.

Yahweh is obviously bringing the world to His prophesied conclusions, and fulfilling His promises to Abraham and his descendants that He made thousands of years ago; bringing glory to his name.

Favorite 49 Parallels and Patterns

What has been, will be . . . . .
Ecclesiastes 1:9
• What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.
Ecclesiastes 3:15
• Whatever is has already been, and what will be has been before; and God will call the past to account.

Today we will be looking at scripture through the lens of parallels and patterns, for scripture tells us that prophetic patterns are cyclical what has happened in the past is bound to happen in the future!

Isaac, A Parallel To Jesus, The Messiah.
• Isaac was the son of Abraham (The father of nations)
• Isaac was sent to Mount Moriah, the present site of the Temple Mount
• Isaac carried the wood upon which he would be sacrificed as an offering to God
• A lamb replaced Isaac as the sacrifice
□ Jesus is also the son of the father
□ Jesus also goes to Mount Mariah
□ Jesus also carries the cross (wood) upon which he was sacrificed as an offering to God
□ Jesus is the lamb that is sacrificed

Cain And Able, A Parallel To The True And False Church.
Cain and Able point to the true church and the false church. The true church knows that salvation comes by the Father and that a blood sacrifice is necessary to atone for sin. The false church believes that a person can obtain salvation according to his works.
Cain and the False Church
• Cain brought an offering of the works of his hands – a grain offering
• Cain refused to accept the offering for sin (חַטָּאת chattath H2403b) that lay at his feet
Able and the True Church
□ Able brought an offering of the works of his hands – a grain offering
□ Able also brought to the Lord a blood offering – a slain lamb, the chattath.

The First And Second Adam
The First Adam (Adam)
• Adam was created by God without the seed of man
• Adam was called the son of God
• Adam was given dominion over the earth
• Adam sinned in a garden
• Satan came in the form of a serpent to Adam and destroyed fellowship with God
• Adam was made a living soul
• In Adam all die
The Second Adam (Christ)
□ Christ was also created – born of a virgin
□ Christ was also called the Son of God
□ Christ was given dominion over Satan’s kingdom
Christ had sin placed on him in a garden (became sin)
□ Christ became the image of the Serpent on the pole and restored fellowship with God
□ Christ is a quickening spirit
□ In Christ all live

Eve And The Church
• Eve is Adam’s wife
• Eve Came forth from Adam (i.e. Adam gave life to Eve)
• Eve’s sin was accounted to Adam
• Eve Was taken from Adam’s side
• Adam calls her the mother of all the living
• Adam shows the love of a husband for his wife
The Church
□ The church is the bride of Christ
□ Christ gave life to the church
□ Our sin was placed on Christ
□ Christ bled from His side
□ Christ is the head of the church
□ Christ shows his love of and for the church

The Patterns of 40
Moses and the Law
Moses’ life can be separated into 3 periods of 40 years.
• The 1st period of 40 years began with Moses being placed in the water of the Nile.
• The 2nd period of 40 years is spent in the wilderness in the land of Midian (strife) after Moses attempts to make peace between the two Hebrew brothers who were fighting. (figurative of Israel and Judah; the two “sticks” of Ezekiel 37:15-22) They reject him and the deliverance that he offered. Note that the prince of Midian had 7 daughters. ( Possibly symbolic of the 7 churches? )
• The 3rd period of 40 years begins after the burning bush when Moses returns to deliver the children of Israel from their bondage to the power of Pharaoh. (symbolic of the Adversary and/or gentile power?)
• This time he was successful and they agree to follow him.
Jesus (Yeshua), Salvation, Christ our King
Now fast forward about 1500 years from Moses.
□ Yeshua the Messiah, of whom Moses was just a shadow, is baptized in the water of the Jordan river by John.
□ Immediately he went and spent 40 days in the “wilderness” to be tempted by Satan.
□ At the end of this 40 days he came and preached Deliverance. (Luke 4:17-21) Most of the Children of Israel again rejected His attempted deliverance. A short time later they killed Him.
□ After Yeshua “crossed over” from death unto life he was see of them 40 days and then He ascended into heaven. This time he is successful and many agree to follow him.

Joshua and Jesus
Joshua (Jehoshua) Salvation of YA., the LORD is salvation
• Hosea’s name is changed to Joshua by Moses, thus denoting that the LORD is salvation
• Israel did not enter the Promised Land under the leadership of Moses, who represents the Law
• Israel enters the Promised Land under the leadership of Joshua
• Israel enters the Promised Land on the third day after being instructed how to cross the River Jordan
• Israel enters the Promised Land about 2000 cubits behind the Ark of the Covenant
• When the Priests entered the Jordan, the water backed up all the way to the city of Zaretan (their distress) and to the city of Adam.
• After crossing, Joshua circumcised them
Jesus (Yeshua), Salvation, Christ our King
□ Jesus is the Savior
□ The promises cannot be obtained under the Law: the Law cannot bring salvation
□ Believers enter THE Promised Land through Jesus, THE Savior
□ We are now at the start of the third day since Jesus rose into Heaven
□ We are now about 2000 cubits behind our Ark, Jesus!
□ Jesus blood washed away the sin and distress of mankind all the way to Adam
□ Jesus circumcises our hearts

What an amazing picture Joshua’s walk is of the Messiah’s work at Calvary with possible implications for Israel’s and true believer’s restoration to the Promised Land 2000 years after Yeshua’s “crossing over”.

Favorite 48 Abolish or Fulfill

Matthew 5:17-18 – “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.”

Many have quoted Matthew 5:17-18 to teach that the Torah (Law), and the Older Covenant, have been superceded or replaced by the Newer Covenant – that the law has been abolished, negated, done away with, canceled, or replaced, and that there is nothing left for anyone to accomplish as one is no longer “under the law”.  In doing so, they have grossly misinterpreted the meaning and they ignore both Matthew 5:18 – “I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from Torah until everything is accomplished” and Matthew 24:35 – “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.”

Old Vs. New
The scripture that is used to claim that the “new” covenant replaces the “old” covenant is found in Hebrews 8:6-13, which is a quote from Jeremiah 31:31-34! and ONLY refers to a very specific case: The OLD covenant wrote the law on stone tablets. The NEW covenant writes those very same laws on the mind and on the heart! (see especially Hebrews 8:10). The law is not negated, done away with, canceled, or replaced. It is ONLY written in a NEW place!

The NEW covenant Yeshua refers to at the Last Supper with his Disciples also pertains to only a very specific case: the judicial penalty and payment required by the law for committing a sin. That payment has been paid in full by Yeshua’s sacrifice and spilt blood (see especially Hebrews 9:15). Again, a very specific application, not a general negation, removal, cancellation, or replacement of the entire older covenant! This is confirmed by 2 Corinthians 3:6. The law has only been taken out of the physical, letter mode and placed in the Spirit mode – it has not been in any way negated, done away with, canceled, or replaced.

Greek Word Definitions
Many have quoted the Strong’s definitions of Fulfill [πληρόω plēroō G4137] which means: to make complete to accomplish, carry out, or bring to realization; Abolish [καταλύω katalyō G2647] which means: annul, abrogate, or discard; to do away with completely; and Law [νόμος nomos G3551] which means: a custom, a law, a command – and have come up with the notion that Yeshua has done it all and now we don’t have to even try! One can do whatever one wants, and his sacrifice covers it. They have utterly failed to recognize that these statements are Hebrew Idioms!

Hebrew Idioms and Yeshua’s Actions
The key to proper interpretation of this verse is that the phrases “fulfill the law” and “abolish the law” are Hebrew idioms. Fulfill the law is a Hebrew idiom meaning: to properly interpret, to show how to apply the law, to do it rightly.   In other words, to fulfill the law is to properly interpret Torah so that people can obey it as Yahweh intends for it to be obeyed, thus allowing Yahweh’s promises to be fully received. Abolish the law is just the opposite, meaning: to misinterpret, to misapply the law, to do it wrongly, thus bringing down judgment.

Matthew 5:21-48 –“You have heard it said . . . But I say . . .
Yeshua always makes known the true meaning of Yahweh’s commands. Where the Pharisees and Sadducees interpret the law to mean to physically obey, Yeshua interprets it to mean spiritually obey. By diminishing the Torah to mere physical obedience of rules, the Pharisees and Sadducees were the ones who were abolishing the law. Yeshua, on the other hand, was fulfilling the Torah by rightly showing the true intent of the law.

Adding To The Law
Yeshua never added to nor subtracted from, nor altered the Law – he fully and rightly interpreted the law – he fulfilled it to a tee. The Pharisees, Sadducees, and Jews, on the other hand, considered Torah less than explicit and attached dozens, if not hundreds, of oral and written traditions to enhance it and explain it! In doing so, they misinterpreted its real, original intent, and thus abolished the law rather than fulfilled it.

No Law Means No Sin
The scriptures regarding no law, therefore no sin, are found in Romans 4:15 – “Where there is no law, neither is there transgression or sin,” in Romans 5:13 – “For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law,” and in Romans 7:8 – “For without the law sin is dead.”   If the law has been abolished, negated, done away with, canceled, or replaced, then there is no more any sin. Bluntly put, NO law, No sin. But this is not at all what the scriptures teach. Scripture clearly teaches that all fall short (Romans 3:23), and that sin is still in the world, and will continue to grow worse and worse (2 Timothy 2:13). Since sin is still present and in fact is growing worse then the law, or Torah, is still in effect. Matthew 5:18 agrees.

Many teach that Torah need no longer be obeyed, believing that Yeshua has fully accomplished everything the law demands and one no longer is bound to obey it – all one’s sins have been forgiven! Fulfilling the law means interpreting, obeying, and teaching others the right way to live life, exactly as Yeshua did.

The contention that the Older Covenant and the Law has been done away with simply does not conform to the teaching of the scriptures. Sin is still here and growing worse. Many things need to still be accomplished. Each mention of a “new” covenant applies only to a specific case or application of the Older Covenant, not a general negation, removal, cancellation, or replacement of the entire older covenant, the Law, or the Torah! There are many things still to be accomplished so the law is not abolished negated, done away with, canceled, or replaced. It is still in full effect, down to the least jot and tittle – Torah will last even beyond the disappearance of heaven and earth!

Favorite 47 Biblical Names

Matthew 1:23 – “They shall call his name Immanuel, which translated means, ‘God with us’.”

Scripture regularly uses names to convey a much deeper meaning.  The name, Yeshua, means “Salvation of Yahweh”.  Immanuel means “God with us” (Matthew 1:23).  Yeshua gave James and John, the sons of Zebedee, the name Boanerges which means, “Sons of Thunder” due to their wishing to call down fire from heaven (Luke 9:54).  Isaac means “Laughter”, given because his mother, Sarah, laughed when told she would bear a child at her old age of ninety (Genesis chapters 17-18).  Even Simon was given the name Cephas (Petros) which can playfully mean “Rocky” – perhaps a commentary on his tendency to put his foot in his mouth time and time again – but which literally means a small, easily movable pebble or rock (as opposed to Petra which denotes a huge, unmovable boulder or mass of rock (Matthew 16:18).

The Jewish Journey
For instance, in Hosea the names of his sons and daughters convey the journey that Israel will take in its relation to Yahweh:
• Hosea’s first son is named Jezreel [yizreʽêʼl יִזְרְעֵאל H3157] meaning Yawheh will sow or plant: as in Yahweh will plant the Jews within the land of Canaan, today called the State of Israel.

• Hosea’s second born, a daughter, is named Lo Ruchamah [lôʼrûchâmâh לאֹ רֻחָמָהH3819], meaning without compassion or not pitied: as in Yahweh will not have pity or compassion upon the northern tribe peoples because of their blatant sins against him.  They will be attacked by the Assyrians but he would have compassion, at least for a short while, on the peoples of the southern tribes of Judah [yehûdâh יְהוּדָה H3063], meaning on those who are praised.

• Hosea’s third child, a son, is named Lo Ammi [lôʼ ʽammı̂y לֹא עַמִּי H3818], meaning not my people.  For a time, Yahweh will abandon even the southern tribe peoples to Babylonian attack and capture. Again, after refusing to acknowledge Yeshua as their Messiah,  the Jews additionally would be even both Lo Ruchamah and Lo Ammi, and would be deported throughout the entire world – but with the promise that they would eventually be restored to fellowship in the end days.

The Plan Of  Redemption
Genesis 5:2-10 – “When Adam was 130 years old he became the father of Seth.  When Seth was 105 years old he became the father of Enosh.  When Enosh was 90 years old he became the father of Kenan.  When Kenan was 70 years old he became the father of Mahalaleel.  When Mahalaleel was 65 years old he became the father of Jared.  When Jared was 162 years old he became the father of Enoch.  When Enoch was 65 years old he became the father of Methuselah.  When Methuselah was 187 years old he became the father of Lamech.  When Lamech was 182 years old he became the father of Noah.”

The ten generations listed in Genesis Chapter Five give a detailed account of Yahweh’s plan of redemption.  The ten names are: Adam, Seth, Enosh, Kenan, Mahalaleel, Jared, Enoch, Methuselah, Lamech, and Noah.

• ADAM [אָדָם H121] = ruddy i.e. a human being (an individual or the species, mankind, etc.)
– ʼâdâm (aw-dawm’); From H119 and H120

• SETH [שֵׁת H8352] = Is Appointed To, to place, to appoint
– shêth (shayth) From H7896 shiyth (sheeth)

• ENOSH [אֱנוֹשׁ H583] = Feeble, Frail, Mortality
– ʼĕnôsh (en-oshe’) a mortal, From H582 and H605; ʼânash (aw-nash’) to be frail, feeble

• KENAN [קֵינָן H7018] = A Fixed Dwelling Place
– qêynân From H7064 (qên / kane); contracted from H7077 (qânan)

• MAHALALEL [מַהֲלַלְאֵל H4111] = God Who Is Praised
– mahălalʼêl (mah-hal-al-ale’ ) From H4110 mahălal; and H410ʼêl, praise of God

• JARED [יֶרֶד H3382] = Comes Down, Descends
– Yered (yeh’-red) From H3381, to descend, to go or come down

• ENOCH [חֲנוֹךְ H2585]= To Instruct, Train Up
– chănôk (khan-oke’) From H2596 chânak (khaw-nak’), to discipline, to train up

• METHUSELAH [מְתוּשֶׁלַח H4968]= A Man Sent Forth
methûshelach (meth-oo-sheh’-lakh) From H4962, a man, and H7973, a missile of attack, a spear, a weapon.   Methuselah may also come from Muth, [מוּת H4191] which means: death; and from shalak [שָׁלַך H7993], which means: to throw, fling, cast, bring down. The name Methuselah, therefore, can also mean: his death shall bring.

• LAMECH = To Be Beaten, Smitten, And Tortured [לֶמֶךְ H3929]
– lemek (leh’-mek) From H4347; makkah

• NOAH = Bringing Rest, A Quiet Peace [H5146 נֹחַ]
– nôach (no’-akh); rest The same as H5118 nôach (no’-akh) or H5117 nûach (noo’-akh)

Together, they compose the statement: (A)Mankind (S)is appointed (E)to feeble, frail, mortality; (K)a fixed dwelling place.  (M)God who is praised (J)comes down (E)to instruct (M)as a man sent forth (L)to be beaten, smitten and tortured; (N) bringing rest, a quiet peace.

Another way of stating this is: Man is appointed mortal sorrow.  The blessed God shall come down teaching that His death shall bring the despairing comfort and rest.

The Completion Of The Plan
Revelation 7:4-8 – “And I heard the number of those who were sealed, one hundred and forty-four thousand sealed from every tribe of the sons of Israel: from the tribe of Judah, twelve thousand were sealed, from the tribe of Reuben twelve thousand, from the tribe of Gad twelve thousand, from the tribe of Asher twelve thousand, from the tribe of Naphtali twelve thousand, from the tribe of Manasseh twelve thousand, from the tribe of Simeon twelve thousand, from the tribe of Levi twelve thousand, from the tribe of Issachar twelve thousand, from the tribe of Zebulun twelve thousand, from the tribe of Joseph twelve thousand, from the tribe of Benjamin, twelve thousand were sealed.”

Likewise, the Hebrew meanings of the ten generations mentioned in Revelation Chapter Seven tell the completion of the plan.  The ten names are: Judah, Reuben, Gad, Asher, Naphtali, Manassah, Simeon, Levi, Issachar, Zebulun, Joseph, and Benjamin.

• JUDAH [Ἰούδας G2455] = He Shall Be Praised.
– Ioudas, one of the twelve tribes of Israel, also the Southern kingdom. From H3063 יְהוּדָה Yehudah; praised

• REUBEN [Ῥουβήν G4502] =Behold A Son
– Rhoubēn, one of the twelve tribes of Israel, the oldest son of Jacob. From H7200 רָאָה raah and H7200 רָאָה raah.

• GAD [Γάδ G1045] =An Invader, A Troop
– Gad, one of the twelve tribes of Israel, from H1410 גָּד Gad: a fortunate one

• ASHER [Ἀσήρ G768] = Call Him Blessed and Happy
– Asēr, one of the twelve tribes of Israel, from H836 אָשֵׁר Asher: the happy one

• NAPHTALI [Νεφθαλίμ G3508] =My Wrestling, My Tortuosity
– Nephthaleim, one of the twelve tribes of Israel, from H5321 נַפְתָּלִי Naphtali: to show oneself cunning or astute

• MANASSAH [Μανασσῆς G3128] = Causing To Forget
– Manassēs, one of the twelve tribes of Israel, from H4519 מְנַשֶּׁה Menashsheh. also a king of Judah

• SIMEON [Συμεών G4826] = Hearkening
– Symeōn, one of the twelve tribes of Israel, from H8085 שָׁמַע shama, to announce.

• LEVI [Λευί G3017] = Joined
– Leui, one of the twelve tribes of Israel, from H3878 לֵוִי Levi

• ISSACHAR [Ἰσσαχάρ G2466] = He Will Bring Reward, Be Hired
– Issachar, one of the twelve tribes of Israel, from H3485 יִשָּׂשכָר Yissaskar; there is recompense

• ZEBULUN [Ζαβουλών G2194] = Dwelling, Habitation
– Zaboulōn, one of the twelve tribes of Israel, from H2074 זְבוּלוּן Zebulun

• JOSEPH [Ἰωσήφ G2501] = Adding Yahweh, Let Him Add
– Iōsēph, one of the twelve tribes of Israel, from H3130 יוֹסֵף Yoseph; he increases

• BENJAMIN [Βενιαμ(ε)ίν G958] = Son Of The Right Hand
– Beniamin, one of the twelve tribes of Israel, from H1144 בִּנְיָמִין Binyamin

Together, they compose the statement: (J)Behold, (R)a Son, (G)whose fortune has come. (A)They are happy and blessed (N)after wrestling and striving, (M)forgetting their past troubles, (S)hearing and obeying, (L)united as one. (I)Their recompense for their labor (Z) is to dwell with God, and He will (J)increase and add to them many (B)sons of His right hand.

Another way of stating this is: I will praise the Lord for He has looked on me and granted good fortune. Happy am I because my wrestling God is making me to forget. God hears me and is joined to me. He has purchased me a dwelling. God will add to me the Son of His right hand.

Dan and Ephraim are not mentioned. Dan means “judged”.  All things are made new! Yeshua is the believer’s righteousness, and His righteousness is perfect. Those in Yeshua do not receive judgment. There is no condemnation in Ha’Mashiach.

Ephraim means being “fruitful in the land of my affliction”. Those in Yeshua no longer belong to Egypt – the world. They have been transferred to the Kingdom of Yahweh! They are living in a new kingdom, and are under a new government!

Both the Genesis and Revelation accounts of the generations tell a story.  The Genesis account lists each son in birth order.  The Revelation account, however, does not, and even leaves two of the twelve sons out!   The Genesis account gives us Yahweh’s plan of redemption.  The Revelation account outlines the completion of the plan.