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Favorite 49 Parallels and Patterns

Reprint of June 08, 2011……………….. 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

Synopses of 2/12/15; 9/8/16 .. Abolish or Fulfill parts One and Two

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

Reprint of July 17, 2014……. The Meaning of 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.

Favorite 46 Priestly Blessing

Synopsis of October 23, 2014……………. The Priestly Blessing

Numbers 6:24-26 – “Yahweh blesses you and keeps you. Yahweh makes his face shine upon you and is gracious to you. Yahweh lifts his countenance upon you and makes you whole.” (PJT)

A Little Iffy
Traditional English translations often infuse a sense of if Yahweh or Adonai is willing, that the blessing might have already happened, or maybe might happen in the future. For instance:
NLT: “May the LORD bless you and protect you. May the LORD smile on you and be gracious to you. May the LORD show you his favor and give you his peace.”
NCV: “May the LORD bless you and keep you. May the LORD show you his kindness and have mercy on you. May the LORD watch over you and give you peace.”
HCSB: “May Yahweh bless you and keep you. May Yahweh make his face shine on you and be gracious to you. May Yahweh look with favor on you and give you peace.”
CEV: “I pray that the Lord will bless and protect you, and that he will show you mercy and kindness. May the Lord be good to you and give you peace.”

In other words, if Yahweh is willing then he may or may not take action, but no guarantees either way.

A Little Less Iffy
Others are more direct in their translations. For instance:
KJV, NKJV, NSRV, RSV, NASB, ESV, WEB, HNV: “The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.”
NIV: “The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace.”
ASV, YLT, DBY: “Jehovah bless you and keep you; Jehovah make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you; Jehovah lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.”

Better, but still a sense of it might happen immediately, or it might happen in the future, or it might not happen at all, or it might just be a blessing only for those in attendance at that moment. And it almost sounds as if the person giving the blessing is making demands. None of the above translations convey the direct Hebrew declaration that Yahweh is the cause of the fulfillment of what is declared.

The Hebrew Words
Y’varekhe’kha Yahweh v’yishmerekha. Ya’er Yahweh panav eleikha vichunekka. Yisa Yahweh panav eleikha v’yasem l’kha shalom.” (יִשָּׂ֨א יְהוָ֤ה פָּנָיו֙ אֵלֶ֔יךָ וְיָשֵׂ֥ם לְךָ֖ שָׁלֹֽום׃ ס   יָאֵ֨ר יְהוָ֧ה פָּנָ֛יו אֵלֶ֖יךָ וִֽיחֻנֶּֽךָּ׃ ס יְבָרֶכְךָ֥ יְהוָ֖ה וְיִשְׁמְרֶֽךָ׃ ס).


  • Yahweh [יְהוָ֖ה H3068]; Yahweh – the proper name of the one true God.
  • Y’varekhe’kha [יְבָרֶכְךָ֥] taken from the root word, barak [בָּרַךְ H1288]; meaning: to bless, to be blessed.
  • V’yishmerekha [וְיִשְׁמְרֶֽךָ׃ ס] taken from the root word, shamar [שָׁמַר H8104]; meaning: to keep, guard, keep, watch and ward, protect.
  • Ya’er [יָאֵ֨ר] and Yisa [יִשָּׂ֨א]; taken from the root word, owr [אוֹר H215]; meaning: to shine, to light up.
  • Panav [פָּנָ֛יו] taken from the root words, paniym [פָּנִים H6440]; meaning: face, and panah [פָּנָה H6437]; meaning: to turn toward, or to lift up toward.
  • Eleikha, L’kha [אֵלֶ֖יךָ, לְךָ֖]; meaning: to you.
  • Vichunekka [וִֽיחֻנֶּֽךָּ׃ ס] taken from the root word, chanan [חָנַן H2603]; meaning: to be gracious, to show favour, to pity.
  • V’yasem [וְיָשֵׂ֥ם] taken from the root word, suwm [שׂוּם H7760]; meaning: to ordain, appoint, or determine.
  • Shalom [שָׁלוֹם H7965]; meaning: completeness and soundness of health, welfare, peacefulness, relationships.

The Name Yahweh:
Exodus 3:15 – “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, Yahweh [יהוה YHVH [H3068] . . . is my name forever, and this is my name to all generations.”

In Exodus, when Yahweh met Moses at the burning bush, he commanded Moses to make known His name to the people in Egypt and to all peoples of the earth. In Numbers, he commands Moses to pronounce his name upon the Israelites. In Ezekiel, he further clarified that His name, Yahweh (יהוה), is to be made known to all nations. Yahweh’s name firmly establishes his eternal nature and that he is the same yesterday, today, and for all eternity.

The Professor Jeff Translation
Numbers 6:24-26 – “Yahweh blesses you and keeps you. Yahweh makes his face shine upon you and is gracious to you. Yahweh lifts his countenance upon you and makes you whole.”

The translation above firmly declares that it is Yahweh who is the direct cause of the blessings declared by the prayer. Each verb (blesses, keeps, lifts, makes, is) has a timelessness property and leaves no impression that it may or may not happen depending upon the mood of Yahweh; that it may or may not happen depending upon the hour, day, or time; or that it may or may not happen depending upon earthly or heavenly circumstances. This translation indicates that the blessings of Yahweh are already in effect, are immediately experienced at this moment, and will be experienced continually for all eternity – the blessings reflect Yahweh’s eternal nature just as fully as does his name.

Favorite 45 The Amazing Vav

Reprint of July 21, 2016 ……………………… The Amazing Vav

Genesis 1:1 – “בְּרֵאשִׁית בָּרָא אֱלֹהִים אֵת הַשָּׁמַיִם וְאֵת הָאָֽרֶץ” (“In the beginning Elohim created the heavens and the earth”).

The vav is the sixth letter of the Hebrew alphabet, and it is used in scripture for the first time in the sixth word. The meaning of the word is – hook, as a connecting hook used when the tabernacle was assembled. It can also mean – nail. In ancient times, it was pronounced as a “w”, but has become to be pronounced today as a “v”, and has the numerical equivalent of six.

Heaven and Earth:
The vav joins the heavens and the earth together, suggesting the connection between the spiritual and earthly matters. Its connection to the word, v’et (ואח), it alludes to the connection between all letters, the connection to the Aleph-Tav who is Yeshua, and is therefore the connecting force of God, the divine “hook” that binds together heaven and earth. And who does scripture say Yeshua is? 1 Timothy 2:5 tells us that the mediator between Yahweh and humankind, between heaven and earth, is “the man Yeshua Ha’Mashiach”!

The Man:
The vav is a picture of man who was: Created on the sixth day, works for six days, and who rules earth for six days (6000 years) before Messiah returns.

The Tabernacle and the Scroll:
The vav is the word used to depict the hooks that held the curtains of the Tabernacle together. The tabernacle was the habitation of God in the wilderness and the Torah is the habitation of His Word so a Torah scroll is patterned after the Tabernacle. The Hebrew word for curtain, yĕriy`ah [ יְרִיעָה H3407], is the same word for a sheet of parchment. The Hebrew word for pillar or a post, ammuwd [עַמּוּד H5982], is the same word for a column in a Torah scroll.

Each curtain of the tabernacle was fastened by a hook, and on every Torah Scroll we find that:
• The vav starts each column of the text in a Torah scroll, thereby hooking the text to the parchment or scroll.
• There are 304,805 letters in 248 columns on roughly 50 “curtains” per scroll.
• There are 42 lines (6×7) in every column of a torah scroll with the first word in every column beginning with a word that begins with the letter vav hooking each column of print to a sheet of parchment!

The Belly of Torah:
Leviticus 11:42 – “Whatever crawls on its belly, and whatever walks on all fours, whatever has many feet, in respect to every swarming thing that swarms on the earth, you shall not eat them, for they are detestable.”
An oversized vav, the only one in scripture, marks the center of the Torah in Leviticus 11:42. The word, belly, in which this oversized vav occurs, is gachown גָּחוֹן (H1512)! The beast is identified as a man whose number is 666, or triple vav. i.e.: ןןן.

The Messiah:
The first use of the vav in connection to Yeshua is in Genesis 1:1, where it is connected to the second aleph-tav in the sixth word. Its connection to the word, v’et (ואח), alludes to the connection between all letters, the connection to the Aleph-Tav who is Yeshua, and is therefore the connecting force of God, the divine “hook” that binds together heaven and earth. 1 Timothy 2:5 tells us that the mediator between Yahweh and humankind, between heaven and earth, is “the man Yeshua Ha’Mashiach”!

In Genesis 2:4, the word towlĕdah תּוֹלֵדוֹת (H8435) is used to describe the generations of the heavens and the earth. In Genesis 5:1, this word is also used to describe the generations of Adam, but is spelled with a missing vav: תוֹלֵדת. It continues to be spelled with this missing vav until Ruth 4:18, when the “lost” or missing vav is restored. The restored vav in the word towlĕdah תּוֹלֵדוֹת is a picture of the Messiah who would descend from the “generations” of Perez. The vav was lost when the first man, Adam, sinned and restored through the second man, Yeshua Ha’Mashiach. The Vav is portrayed by the symbol of a nail, peg or hook.

The four letters that make up the name of Yeshua are: Yod, Shin, Vav, Ayin [יֵשׁוּעַ H3442]. The letter vav means hook. It can also mean nail. Yeshua was hung on the cross using three nails. In other words, three vavs! The vav signifies the nailed hands and feet of Yeshua on the cross.

Yahweh’s Name:
The four letters that make up the name of Yahweh are: Yod, Hey, Vav, Hey [יהוה H3068], can be translated to mean:
• The Man With The Outstretched Arms and Nailed Hands Shall Be Revealed Twice.
• Behold the Nail, Behold the Hand.
• Behold the Nailed Hand.
The overall meaning of the word, YHWH is: salvation! Therefore, the four letters can also be translated to mean:
• Behold – The Nailed Hand Is Salvation

The Completion:
Vav is the symbol for: Completion, redemption and transformation. It has the numeric value of six, a number that denotes physical completion.

The Broken Vav in Shalom
All letters in the Torah must be written without error and must be well formed. However, the amazing thing about the word peace which in Hebrew is the word shalom [שָׁלוֹם H7965] in Numbers 25:12 is that it has an anomaly in its spelling that is not found in any other place in scripture! The word shalom, is spelled with a broken vav!

Numbers 25:10-12 –And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying, Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, hath turned my wrath away from the children of Israel, while he was zealous for my sake among them, that I consumed not the children of Israel in my jealousy. Wherefore say, Behold, I give unto him my covenant of peace.”

The vav in the word שָׁלוֹם shalom (H7965) however, is broken. This broken vav represents a man that has been broken in order to bring peace for the sake of the covenant of peace that brought atonement to Israel. The sages say since the vav has been broken, the top half looks like a yod and the bottom half is now a vav and they say it represents Phinehas hand holding the spear that pierced through Zimri and Cozbi.

Colossians 1:20 – “Yahweh made peace through the blood of Yeshua to reconcile all things unto himself.”
The broken vav represents the pierced hand of Messiah nailed to the cross to achieve our peace! The broken vav is also a perfect picture of Yeshua Ha’Mashiach, whose body is broken for us: “When he had given thanks, he broke the bread, and said, Take, eat. This is my body, which is broken for you. Do this in memory of me’.” (1 Corinthians 11:24).

The Missing Vav in Towlĕdah
Genesis 2:4 – “This is the history of the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created.”
The vav was lost when the first man, Adam, sinned and was restored through the second man, Yeshua Ha’Mashiach. The restored vav is a picture of the Messiah who would descend from the “generations” of Perez. In Genesis 2:4, the word towlĕdah [תּוֹלֵדוֹת H8435] is used to describe the generations of the heavens and the earth. In Genesis 5:1, this word is also used to describe the generations of Adam, but is spelled with a missing vav: תוֹלֵדת. It continues to be spelled with this missing vav until the Book of Ruth. In Ruth 4:18, the “lost” or missing vav is restored: תּוֹלֵדוֹת.

The letter vav plays a very important role in scripture, which cannot be seen in the non-Hebrew translations. It is the hook, the nail, that joins the heavens and the earth together, suggesting the connection between the spiritual and earthly matters.   It even points to deeper meanings when it is enlarged, broken, or missing – it is the belly of Torah, the broken man or messiah, the missing man or messiah of the generations. It is one of the most amazing letters of the Hebrew alphabet.

Favorite 44 Why Enoch

Synopsis of June 19, 2014………………….. Why Enoch

Importance of Enoch and The Book of Enoch
Enoch [חֲנוֹךְ H2585] is an interesting person to study given that his name is only mentioned a few times in scripture. He is only mentioned in Genesis 5, Luke 3, Hebrews 11, and Jude 1. What then, makes him so important?

Facts We Know About Enoch
Enoch is the seventh descendent of Adam and Eve and is mentioned in the list of the ten patriarchs in Genesis 5 and as one of the sons of Adam in Luke 3:37-38.

Enoch is the first person to be translated [raptured]:
Genesis 5:22-24 – “And Enoch walked with God . . . and he was not; for God took him.”
This makes Enoch fairly unique in Biblical circles – only one other has been raptured up to heaven without first experiencing death – Elijah. Yahweh loved Enoch so much he spared him the experience of an early death.

Enoch did not keep silent about the sin around him:
Jude 1:14-15 – “Enoch, who lived in the seventh generation after Adam, prophesied about these people. He said, “Listen! The Lord is coming with countless thousands of his holy ones. See, the Lord is coming with thousands upon thousands of his holy ones to judge everyone, and to convict all of them of all the ungodly acts they have committed in their ungodliness, and of all the defiant words ungodly sinners have spoken against him.”

Enoch’s faith pleased God:
Hebrews 11:5-6 – “For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God. And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”

Inferences We Can Make About Enoch
Jasher 3:36 – “Enoch ascended into Heaven in a whirlwind with horses and chariots of fire.”
According to tradition, Shavuot is the day that Enoch was born and the day that he was also translated [raptured] to be with Yahweh. His rapture parallels Elijah’s rapture – Several books confirm this. His rapture also parallels the ascension of Yeshua – all three involve horses.

  • Enoch is credited with the invention of the art of writing according to the Book of Jubilees, another book mentioned in Biblical scripture. He is also credited with teaching astronomy and arithmetic according to the Sefer Yuḥasin.
  • Enoch is seen by many as an example of the church being translated prior to the beginning of the tribulation period, especially since Yahweh said that the day of His coming would be like the days of Noah.
  • Enoch was the seventh generation from Adam. Seven is the perfect number of completeness in Hebrew, and his being of the seventh generation emphasizes his perfect standing in the eyes of Yahweh.
  • Because Enoch has not yet experienced death, he may be the second of the two witnesses during the Tribulation Period. Malachi 4:5 says of one witness: “Behold, I will send Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful Day Of The Lord.”

Facts We Know About The Book of Enoch
Many object to any mention or use of the Book of Enoch due to its exclusion from the Bible, but is this a valid reason to ignore what is says? I think not!

  • The Book of Enoch was well known to Yeshua, the apostles, and the first century churches, but book later fell into disfavor with powerful because of its controversial statements on the nature and deeds of the fallen angels.
  • The Book of Enoch was thought to have been lost, but in 1773, rumors of a surviving copy of the book drew Scottish explorer James Bruce to Ethiopia and he found that the book had been preserved by the Ethiopic church which considered it to be on par with the other books of the Bible.
  • The Ethiopian text became known to modern students through a translation from this into English by Archbishop Lawrence, in 1821. One of the most accurate translations of The Book of Enoch is the one translated by R.H. Charles, Doctor of Letters, in 1917.
  • In 1956, during the excavation of the Dead Sea Scrolls, a scroll called 1 Enoch was discovered. This scroll is what is commonly referred to as The Book of Enoch. The Scrolls found at Qumran prove that the book was in existence before the time of Jesus Christ, as far back as at least the second century B.C, perhaps even older.
  • Enoch 81:5-6 tells us about Enoch’s activities and the timing of his rapture: teach your family, and in one year you will be raptured while amongst their midst. Scripture appears to agree. Enoch taught his son, Methuselah, whose name can mean: “his death brings.” Enoch was taken before this death. Upon Methuselah’s death, Noah boarded the Ark and the rains and flooding started seven days later.
  • The Book of Enoch can be divided into several sections, each of which has a particular theme. The first section tells about the time of Noah and Yahweh’s judgments on the earth and the fallen angels. The next section deals with Enoch’s rapture. Section three deals with astronomy and portals on the earth. The fourth section deals with sin and with Israel’s history from the time of Noah until the final judgment, including portions regarding the conversion of the Gentiles (i.e. the Bride of Christ), the resurrection, and the second coming of Yeshua. The final section deals with suffering, the denouncing of all evils, and the woes that will come upon the sinner.
  • The Book of Enoch was written to inform those who would be living in the end times. Enoch 1:1-2 – “The words of the blessing of Enoch, wherewith he blessed the elect and righteous, who will be living in the day of tribulation, when all the wicked and godless are to be removed.”

Numerous quotations and references from The Book of Enoch can be found throughout scripture:
The name, Azazel, appears in Leviticus 16:8–10, but nowhere in scripture do we find who Azazel is! Only by reading The Book of Enoch can we find the history and activities of Azazel! Enoch Chapters 8-10, informs us that Azazel is one of the leaders of the angels who desired the daughters of men, and it was he who taught mankind warfare, cosmetics, and heavenly secrets. Chapter ten then goes into many of the reasons why Yahweh had to flood the earth. These events appear to be retold in Genesis 6. The other angels (watchers) that were involved were also bound and cast into the darkness (10:1-16:4). Both Jude 1:6 and 2 Peter 2:4 clearly appear to be referencing these events describe by The Book Of Enoch.

Jude 1:14-15 is virtually a direct quote of Enoch 1:9, which says: “And behold! He cometh with ten thousands of His holy ones to execute judgment upon all, and to destroy all the ungodly: And to convict all flesh of all the works of their ungodliness which they have ungodly committed, and of all the hard things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.” This theme is repeated in Deuteronomy 33:2-3; Job 5:1; Psalms 16:3 & 34:9; and Zechariah 14:5.

The phrase, “And to these also Enoch, the seventh from Adam,” which begins Jude’s verses, is found in Enoch 60:8, which says it this way: “my grandfather was taken up, the seventh from Adam.” Seven is the perfect number in Hebrew, and it emphasizes the perfect standing of Enoch in the eyes of Yahweh.

Luke 9:35 – “Then a voice came out of the cloud, saying, ‘This is My Son, My Chosen One; listen to Him’!”
The words translated “chosen one” is the Greek word eklegō [ἐκλέγω G1586]. It can be literally translated selected or elect one. The phrase “Elect One” is found throughout The Book of Enoch. According to the book, the Elect One would “sit upon the throne of glory” and would “dwell in the midst of them.” These phrases are also used throughout scripture in reference to Yeshua. So, when Luke tells us that Yeshua is the chosen, or elect one, Luke may simply be affirming that the prophecies given in The Book Of Enoch have now been fulfilled.

Inferences We Can Make About The Book Of Enoch

  • The Book of Enoch is old. It may even precede the Book of Job. It is clearly referenced in Genesis and Leviticus.
  • The Book of Enoch was considered as authentic scripture, especially the part about the fallen angels and their prophesied judgment.
  • Many of the key words and themes used by scripture may be connected to The Book of Enoch, as over one hundred phrases and terms in the Newer Covenant find parallels in The Book of Enoch. The similarities in terminology and teaching are striking. Many of the phrases used by Peter, Jude, and others are virtually direct quotes from The Book of Enoch.

Both Enoch and The Book Of Enoch are worthy of study. Both have much to teach us about the time we live in. Enoch looked forward to see much of history up to the day of judgment and Messiah’s return. Several prophecies in The Book of Enoch have been fulfilled as noted by writers of the Biblical scriptures. Now, we can be sure that Yeshua will come and that he will do exactly as Enoch has also prophesied!

Enoch is an important person despite the minimal references to him in the Bible. He is the first to be raptured, and that event set the pattern for all future raptures in scripture – all involve horses. The just are taken out before Yahweh punishes the unbelieving and corrupt. Seven is the perfect number in Hebrew, and Enoch being the seventh generation from Adam emphasizes the perfect standing of Enoch in the eyes of Yahweh. Revelation 10:7 tells us that the mystery of God would be finished when the seventh Angel sounds his trumpet. Scripture tells us that two witnesses will appear prior to this sounding. One witness will be Elijah. Perhaps, just as he was one of the first days witnesses, he will also be one of the two last days witnesses.

Enoch is the only prophet from the centuries before the Flood whose words have been preserved for us. The Book of Enoch, though well known to those at the time of Yeshua’s first coming, was written for those who will live in the season of tribulation, and how amazing that they have come fully to light once again at about the same time that Israel became a nation, mere decades before the rapture of the Bride of Yeshua and the tribulation period of seven years. While not considered scripture by many, the Biblical scriptures make liberal use of themes, phrases, and terms first coined by this book. It is not by accident or coincidence that this book is referenced and quoted by the Bible. Scripture confirms that this book is authentic and worthy of study.

Favorite 43 Four Horses Of Revelation

Reprint of May 07, 2015….. The Four Horses of Revelation 6

Look, coming down the road!  Why its four pretty horses —  a white horse, a red horse, a black horse, and a golden-haired horse.  How awesome.  Oh, wow, now that they are closer, they don’t look so pretty.  Matter of fact, that last horse looks positively pale green, not golden-haired.  Woe, Woe, Woe, Woe.  They are not pretty at all . . .

The White Horse And Its Rider
Revelation 6:1-2 – “Now I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals; and I heard one of the four living creatures saying with a voice like thunder, “Come and see.” And I looked, and behold, a white horse. He who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer.”

The rider on the white horse cannot be Yeshua, as Yeshua is the one sending forth this horse and rider.  Therefore, the rider appears to be the antichrist, whom the people of the world are convinced is the messiah.  But scripture calls this person a beast: a thērion [G234 – θηρίον], a venomous or poisonous snake!  Not Yeshua at all.

The rider of the white horse will rule with a bow, not a sword.  Scripture tells us this person deceives many through peace: “By his shrewdness he will cause deceit to succeed . . . and he will destroy many while they are at ease” (Daniel 8:25).  It is not until the middle of the tribulation period that he begins to rule with an iron fist.  However, even at the start he has a crown that has been given to him, which he uses to wield dominion over all the peoples of the earth.  The antichrist will be a dictator the likes of which humankind has not seen since the rule of Nimrod, whom scripture depicts as a mighty hunter of men, a despot who was in Yahweh’s face (Genesis 10:9)!  Today’s political landscape is certainly ripe for the emergence of such another despot.

All that waits is for Yahweh to allow it in his timing after Yeshua takes his bride from this earth:  “And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only he who now restrains will do so until he is taken out of the way.” (2 Thessalonians 2:6-7)

The Red Horse Brings War And Conflict.
Revelation 6:3-4 – “When He opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, “Come and see.” Another horse, fiery red, went out. And it was granted to the one who sat on it to take peace from the earth, and that people should kill one another; and there was given to him a great sword.”

The rider on the red horse, perhaps the False Prophet, simply takes peace from the earth – yet another judgment from Yahweh against those who live on the earth.  It is the next horse that brings war and destruction.  Scripture tells us that this rider may indeed be the one that causes all to take the mark of the beast: “He provides that no one will be able to buy or to sell, except the one who has the mark of the beast” (Revelation 13:17).  This rider, too, cannot be blessed of Yahweh, nor one who is called a son of God, for he is no peacemaker (Matthew 5:9).

The rider on the red horse removes peace, picks up a mega-sword, and the people begin to kill one another.  At this point, the world is past rumors of wars and is actively engaged in warfare, likely nuclear in nature.  Today’s political landscape is certainly ripe for the emergence of such a devastating war or wars to take place.

The Black Horse Brings Famine, Scarcity, And Inequity.
Revelation 6:5-6 – “When He opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come and see.” So I looked, and behold, a black horse, and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand. And I heard a voice in the midst of the four living creatures saying, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not harm the oil and the wine.”

The rider on the black horse is granted the ability to ration daily needs, such as food, medicines, housing – yet another judgment from Yahweh against those who live on the earth.  A quart of wheat, or three quarts of barley are the ingredients needed to bake a single loaf of bread.  A denarius is equivalent to a single day’s wages.  Today, a loaf of bread costs around $3.00, and a day’s wages are around $40.00.  So during this part of the tribulation period a single loaf of bread will cost nearly fourteen times what it does today!

The oil and wine are not to be harmed.  Man does not live by bread alone, Vitamins, minerals, and liquids are also necessary.  However, even though these items are available, most will be unable to afford these items as their entire daily wage will only buy the flour to make the bread!  John Walvoord describes this time as “a time of famine when life will be reduced to the barest necessities; for famine is almost always the aftermath of war.”  Today’s ecological landscape is certainly ripe for such a devastating famine to emerge.

The Pale Horse Brings Death.
Revelation 6:7-8 – “When He opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, “Come and see.” So I looked, and behold, a pale horse. And the name of him who sat on it was Death[G2288], and Hades followed with him. And power was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword, with hunger, with the dead[G2288], and by the beasts[G234] of the earth.”

The rider on the pale horse is granted to bring forth death on a global scale, and the denizens of Hades (Hell / Sheol) are released to help accomplish this goal – yet another judgment from Yahweh against those who live on the earth.  This rider, named Thanatos [θάνατος – G2288], is likely also to named Abaddon, or Apollyon – two alternative names for Nimrod (Revelation 9:1-11), who is believed to be the “Lord of the Underground”!  The death toll caused by this rider is simply staggering.  No wonder Yeshua said of this time “For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be” (Matthew 24:21).

The rider on the pale horse brings death with the sword, with famine, with the dead who are released from Hades, and the thērion [θηρίον G234] (beasts) of the earth.  As noted above, thērion can be a a venomous or poisonous snake!  Modern scientists are well aware that the ebola virus looks snakelike!  Sharon Gilbert puts it this way in her book “Ebola and the Fourth Horseman of the Apocalypse”: “Thanatos, the Angel of Death who rides the fourth horse in Revelation 6 is given permission to use a biological weapon or therion  when he begins his hellish ride.”  Today’s biological experimentation certainly creates a scenario wherein these weapons could be introduced into the population of the entire globe by the rider of the fourth horse.

The untying of the four seals is just the beginning of the trauma that is about to come upon the earth.  The white horse is followed by the fiery red horse of war, the black horse of famine, and the pale horse of death.  What is even more terrifying is that the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are just “harbingers” of even worse judgments that come later in the tribulation period (Revelation chapters 8–9 and 16).  Power is given to the riders of the four horses by Yahweh. Though all hell is breaking loose on the earth, Yahweh is very much in control.  Yeshua still holds the scroll and opens the seals.