Posted by: biblestudyseattle | January 6, 2021

2021

Happy New Year! What will 2021 bring? Where is 2021 on God’s timeline and plan? Will the world tend toward tyranny or will freedom continue to shine?

This author thinks that we have been prophetically in Joseph’s seven ‘years’ of plenty. It will surely be followed by seven ‘years’ of want. But how long are those seven ‘years’? Of course they could just be seven plain years. Because of several other prophetic proportions, namely the 11 tabernacle coverings (Exodus 26:7-9) and the divisions of David’s reign (7.5 years in Hebron and 33 years over all Israel (2 Samuel 5:5)) and half of Noah’s 370 day flood, this author thinks Joseph’s seven ‘years’ are prophetically about 185 years.

But is that wrong? Are we now headed straight into Joseph’s famine, where Christians will be persecuted? Look at how churches have been shut down in 2020. Or will there be a positive surprise this year? We shall have to wait and see!

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | December 22, 2020

Fear… a lot!

Fear not? Or fear a lot? Here is an excellent article about the church and coronavirus. Most churches care more about their 501(c)(3) exemption than the great commission. http://www.theblogmire.com/2020-the-year-the-church-was-as-sharp-as-a-two-edged-marshmallow/

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | December 20, 2020

The Mark of the Beast

What is the mark of the beast.

‘It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name. This calls for wisdom. Let the person who has insight calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. That number is 666.’ Revelation 13;16-18

If anyone is forced to have a mark in order to buy or sell, this is tyranny, which has happened many times in history. One could argue that the stars of David the jews were forced to wear in Nazi Germany were the mark of the beast. The number 666 has been associated with the pope. It is also associated with Solomon;

‘The weight of the gold that Solomon received yearly was 666 talents.’ 1 Kings 10;14

Solomon typifies both Christ and Antichrist. During the later part of his reign, he became corrupt from many foreign marriages and immense wealth. He was overly harsh in taxation and on the laborers. This is like Satan; he desires control.

Right now, the powers that be are pushing for mandatory vaccination and a cashless society. Could these vaccines be the mark of the beast. Yes. But I don’t believe we’re at the full development of the antichrist yet. They may yet suffer a major setback. Time will tell.

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | December 16, 2020

God’s Extra Long Rest?

Usually the sabbath is the seventh day or year.

“A thousand years in your sight
    are like a day that has just gone by,
    or like a watch in the night.” Psalm 90:4

But sometimes the sabbath is a thousand years. And there are four watches in the night; 3 hours apiece. Therefore a watch is an eighth of a day. Which means that a day could be 8,000 years. After Adam’s fall God rested. How long? Many assume 7,000 years. But could it be 8,000 years? Could God’s rest encompass the Sabbath millennium and the Jubilee millennium?

“Our days may come to seventy years,
    or eighty, if our strength endures.” Psalm 90:10

God’s days could reach 80 since he has strength. A curious line from Solomon: “even if he lives a thousand years twice over…” Ecclesiastes 6:6

“Come, let us return to the Lord.
He has torn us to pieces
    but he will heal us;
he has injured us
    but he will bind up our wounds.
After two days he will revive us;
    on the third day he will restore us,
    that we may live in his presence.
Let us acknowledge the Lord;
    let us press on to acknowledge him.
As surely as the sun rises,
    he will appear;
he will come to us like the winter rains,
    like the spring rains that water the earth.” Hosea 6:1-3

We assume these two days date from the cross, but what if they are also the two thousand year ‘days’ of the Sabbath and Jubilee?

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | November 26, 2020

Parting Seas & Mountains

“Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the Lord drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land. The waters were divided, and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left.” Exodus 14:21-22

“Then the Lord will go out and fight against those nations, as he fights on a day of battle.  On that day his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem, and the Mount of Olives will be split in two from east to west, forming a great valley, with half of the mountain moving north and half moving south.  You will flee by my mountain valley, for it will extend to Azel. You will flee as you fled from the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Then the Lord my God will come, and all the holy ones with him.” Zechariah 14:3-5

Is there a link between these two stories? The Israelites are miraculously saved by God’s intervention. The Exodus occured 2513.5 years after the fall of Adam. Might the Olivet exodus happen 2513.5 years after Christ? That is pure speculation.

“The Egyptians pursued them, and all Pharaoh’s horses and chariots and horsemen followed them into the sea.  During the last watch of the night the Lord looked down from the pillar of fire and cloud at the Egyptian army and threw it into confusion.  He jammed the wheels of their chariots so that they had difficulty driving. And the Egyptians said, “Let’s get away from the Israelites! The Lord is fighting for them against Egypt.”

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea so that the waters may flow back over the Egyptians and their chariots and horsemen.”  Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and at daybreak the sea went back to its place. The Egyptians were fleeing toward it, and the Lord swept them into the sea.  The water flowed back and covered the chariots and horsemen—the entire army of Pharaoh that had followed the Israelites into the sea. Not one of them survived.” Exodus 14:23-28

Is it significant that the Lord threw the Egyptians in confusion during the last watch of the night and killed them at daybreak? Daybreak during the millennium will be at the half way point – 500 years. Could this be showing judgment of the world at Yom Kippur?

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | November 21, 2020

Antichrist 2020

“Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour.” 1 John 2:18

The antichrist has been active since before Adam & Eve. It is not just one person, although certain people personify antichrist very well. Pharaoh, Nero, and Hitler come to mind. Satan is the ultimate antichrist. He is opposed to everything that is good and honorable. He lies, murders, cheats, steals, and wants control. He is the ultimate malignant sociopathic narcissist. And he is making his move right now for a cashless, high tech communist society. It will probably fail. The question is when does Joseph’s famine hit? What will that ‘famine’ look like? It doesn’t need to be a famine of food. It was a famine of wheat. “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat.” Luke 22:31

The reason the famine comes to the Israelites is to draw them to Christ. They notice a severe shortage of wheat (christians). Are we at that point in history where christians are going to disappear? I don’t think so. The wheat famine is due to lack of rain. “Elijah was a human being, even as we are.  He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years.  Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.” James 5:!7-18

The rains of truth were sparse for the three and a half ‘days’ or 1260 years from 539AD to 1799AD, the height of Papal domination. We are now in the three and a half days of rain, 1799AD to 3059AD. Satan is being bound in fits and starts. “He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan, and bound him for a thousand years.” Revelation 20:2

The binding of Satan is not a step function. He will be fully bound after Yom Kippur in the middle of the thousand years. This is when “But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its rays. And you will go out and frolic like well-fed calves.” Malachi 4:2

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | November 16, 2020

1st & 2nd similarities/differences

“Moses turned and went down the mountain with the two tablets of the covenant law in his hands. They were inscribed on both sides, front and back.” Exodus 32:15

“When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the covenant law in his hands, he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the Lord.” Exodus 34:29

Just as Moses went up the mountain and returned twice, so does Jesus. Jesus’ first visit (not counting manifestations to Adam & Eve, Abraham, Daniel, etc.) lasted 33.5 years. His second visit will be 1,000 years. With the exception of the alarm the Magi caused, the first 30 years of his first visit were quiet. The last 3.5 years were public. So it will be at the second visit. Quiet followed by public. How many years we do not know. He will first come as a thief, then reveal himself to the Jews only, then to the whole world.

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | November 7, 2020

Camels in the Bible

Here’s a neat article about camels in the bible:

https://www.abarim-publications.com/Dictionary/g/g-m-l.html

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | November 7, 2020

Christ & Antichrist

Solomon seems to typify both Christ and Antichrist.

“Now God gave Solomon wisdom and very great discernment and breadth of mind, like the sand that is on the seashore.  Solomon’s wisdom surpassed the wisdom of all the people of the east and all the wisdom of Egypt.  For he was wiser than all other people, more than Ethan the Ezrahite, Heman, Calcol, and Darda, the sons of Mahol; and his fame was known in all the surrounding nations.  He also told three thousand proverbs, and his songs numbered 1,005.  He told of trees, from the cedar that is in Lebanon even to the hyssop that grows on the wall; he told also of animals, birds, crawling things, and fish.  People came from all the nations to hear the wisdom of Solomon, from all the kings of the earth who had heard of his wisdom.” 1 Kings 4:29-34

“So the time that Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel was forty years.” 1 Kings 11:42

“Now it came about at the end of twenty years in which Solomon had built the two houses, the house of the Lord and the king’s house,” 1 Kings 9:10

After Solomon spent 20 years of his 40 year reign building the Temple and Palaces, he started to go south.

“Now King Solomon loved many foreign women along with the daughter of Pharaoh: Moabite, Ammonite, Edomite, Sidonian, and Hittite women, from the nations of which the Lord had said to the sons of Israel, “You shall not associate with them, nor shall they associate with you; they will certainly turn your heart away to follow their gods.” Solomon clung to these in love.  He had seven hundred wives, who were princesses, and three hundred concubines; and his wives turned his heart away.  For when Solomon was old, his wives turned his heart away to follow other gods; and his heart was not wholly devoted to the Lord his God, as the heart of his father David had been.  For Solomon became a follower of Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, and of Milcom the abhorrent idol of the Ammonites.  So Solomon did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, and did not follow the Lord fully, as his father David had doneThen Solomon built a high place for Chemosh, the abhorrent idol of Moab, on the mountain that is east of Jerusalem, and for Molech, the abhorrent idol of the sons of Ammon.  He also did the same for all his foreign wives, who burned incense and sacrificed to their gods.

Now the Lord was angry with Solomon because his heart had turned away from the Lord, the God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice, and had commanded him regarding this thing, that he was not to follow other gods; but he did not comply with what the Lord had commanded.  So the Lord said to Solomon, “Since you have done this, and you have not kept My covenant and My statutes, which I have commanded you, I will certainly tear the kingdom away from you, and will give it to your servant.  However, I will not do it in your days, only for the sake of your father David; but I will tear it away from the hand of your son.  Yet I will not tear away all the kingdom, but I will give one tribe to your son for the sake of My servant David, and for the sake of Jerusalem, which I have chosen.” 1 Kings 11:1-13

It is notable that the midpoint of Solomon’s reign is approximately 500 years from the Exodus: “Now it came about in the four hundred and eightieth year after the sons of Israel came out of the land of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon’s reign over Israel, in the month of Ziv, that is, the second month, that he began to build the house of the Lord.” 1 Kings 6:1

Plus… “Now it came about at the end of twenty years in which Solomon had built the two houses, the house of the Lord and the king’s house,” 1 Kings 9:10

500 years is of course half of 1,000. Christ reigns for a thousand years: “and they came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.” Revelation 20:4

Half way through the Hebrew year is Trumpets, the day of judgment. Slightly past half way through the year is Yom Kippur, the day of Atonement, Israel’s national salvation. Half way through Solomon’s reign we get this note: “Now the weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year was 666 talents of gold.” 1 Kings 10:14

The only other place in the bible this number shows up is: “It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name. This calls for wisdom. Let the person who has insight calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. That number is 666.” Revelation 13:16-18

Will the Antichrist be at its zenith right before the Day of Atonement? Might this occur during the 1,000 year reign of Christ? Does Evening come before Morning in Hebrew days? When does the sun [son] rise?

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | November 6, 2020

Three and a half?

“And He began telling this parable: “A man had a fig tree which had been planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it and did not find any.  And he said to the vineyard-keeper, ‘Look! For three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree without finding any. Cut it down! Why does it even use up the ground?’  But he answered and said to him, ‘Sir, leave it alone for this year too, until I dig around it and put in fertilizer; and if it bears fruit next year, fine; but if not, cut it down.’” Luke 13:6-9

“And he will confirm a covenant with the many for one week, but in the middle of the week he will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering.” Daniel 9:27

Many are told Jesus’ ministry was three years, but it was actually three and a half, from the Fall feasts (Trumpets, Sukkot, etc.) to Passover.

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