Posted by: biblestudyseattle | November 13, 2017

Esther

Esther is a fantastic book in the bible.  The whole story is clearly an allegory for history.  People disagree on who the characters represent.  This author believes we have multiple views of history in this one book.  For interpretation we follow Moses rule: “For from your viewpoint a thousand years are merely like yesterday or a night watch.”  Psalm 90:4  Also, a day can equal a year: “For I am assigning you one day for each year of their guilt; thus you are to bear the guilt of the house of Isra’el for 390 days.  Then, when you have finished that, you are to lie on your right side and bear the guilt of the house of Y’hudah for forty days, each day corresponding to a year; this is what I am assigning you.”  Ezekiel 4:5-6  

Thus, a year can also equal a thousand years prophetically.

These events happened in the days of King Xerxes, who reigned over 127 provinces stretching from India to Ethiopia.  At that time Xerxes ruled his empire from his royal throne at the fortress of Susa.  In the third year of his reign, he gave a banquet for all his nobles and officials. He invited all the military officers of Persia and Media as well as the princes and nobles of the provinces.  The celebration lasted 180 days—a tremendous display of the opulent wealth of his empire and the pomp and splendor of his majesty.”  Esther 1:1-4

Queen Vashti refuses to appear at the end of the seven day feast at the end of the 180 celebration.

When the turn came for Ester the daughter of Avichayil, whom Mordekhai had adopted as his own daughter, to appear before the king, she didn’t ask for anything other than what Hegai the king’s officer in charge of the harem advised. Yet Ester was admired by all who saw her.  She was brought to King Achashverosh in his royal palace in the tenth month, Tevet, during the seventh year of his reign.  The king liked Ester more than any of his wives; none of the other virgins obtained such favor and approval from him. So he put the royal crown on her head and made her queen in place of Vashti.”  Esther 2:15-17

Esther becomes queen in the tenth month of the seventh year.  Using a thousand years for one year, we can see history.  King Xerxes represents God.  Queen Vashti reprents his bride Israel.  “But like a woman unfaithful to her husband, so you, Israel, have been unfaithful to me,” declares the Lord.  Jeremiah 3:20  So God found a new wife!  

We are not told when in the third year the 180 feast occurs.  If it happened in the beginning the end would be just past half way through Xerxes third year.  Prophetically that’s 2,500+ years from the fall of Adam.  The Exodus occured in 1615BC, 2512 years after Adam’s fall.  The Israelites were unfaithful to God, so he made that generation die in the desert.  If the 180 day celebration was in the end of Xerxes third year, we are 3,000+ years from the fall.  Saul’s reign began in 1100BC, 3,027 years from Adam’s fall.  Again the Israelites were unfaithful to God, demanding a human king.  “And the Lord told him: “Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king.”  1 Samuel 8:7

Notice that Esther is not queen until the tenth month of the seventh year.  This would mean that God’s new bride isn’t there until the later part of the Millennium, about 6,750+ years from Adam’s fall or sometime after 2623AD, six centuries future to us!

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Posted by: biblestudyseattle | October 19, 2017

Restoration

If there is for him an angel,
a mediator, one among a thousand,
who can vouch for the man’s uprightness;
then [God] is gracious to him and says,
‘Redeem him from going down to the pit;
I have found a ransom.’
His flesh becomes fresher than that of a child,
he returns to the days of his youth.
He prays to God and is accepted by him,
so that he sees [God’s] face with joy,
and [God] repays the man for his righteousness.
He declares before everyone, ‘I sinned;
I perverted what was right,
and it gained me nothing.
[God] redeemed me from going into the pit,
and now my life sees light.’
God will accomplish all these things
twice, even three times, with a man,
to bring him back from the pit,
so that he can enjoy the light of the living.”  Job 33:23-30

Imagine skin fresher than a child!  The fascinating part is God redeeming someone from death two or three times.  Is that possible?  It was for Lazarus.  He was dead for four days, then resurrected.  Then he died again.  He’ll be resurrected again.  This author thinks our ‘first life’ may be interrupted by first death.  Perhaps true change will not happen until YHWH’s Sabbath rest is over?  That may mean that a person lives, dies, is restored to Adamic life.  Then dies again or is changed in the twinkling of an eye to truly new life?  This author is not settled on the issue.

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | October 18, 2017

Mourning

There are a lot of verses related to mourning.  Here is a good source: https://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/Mourning#thematic_title_33675

Mourning can last many days.  “When the entire community saw that Aharon was dead, they mourned Aharon thirty days, the whole house of Isra’el.”  Numbers 2-:29

“The people of Isra’el mourned Moshe on the plains of Mo’av for thirty days; after this, the days of crying and mourning for Moshe ended.”  Deuteronomy 34:8

Yosef fell on his father’s face, wept over him and kissed him.  Then Yosef ordered the physicians in his service to embalm his father (Jacob). So the physicians embalmed Isra’el.   Forty days were spent at this, the normal amount of time for embalming. Then the Egyptians mourned for him seventy days.”  Genesis 50:1-3

The biggest instance of mourning is still future:

“When that day comes, I will seek to destroy

all nations attacking Yerushalayim;
and I will pour out on the house of David
and on those living in Yerushalayim
a spirit of grace and prayer;
and they will look to me, whom they pierced.”

They will mourn for him
as one mourns for an only son;
they will be in bitterness on his behalf
like the bitterness for a firstborn son.
When that day comes, there will be
great mourning in Yerushalayim,
mourning like that for Hadad-Rimmon
in the Megiddo Valley.
Then the land will mourn,
each family by itself —
the family of the house of David by itself,
and their wives by themselves;
the family of the house of Natan by itself,
and their wives by themselves;
the family of the house of Levi by itself,
and their wives by themselves;
the family of the Shim‘i by itself,
and their wives by themselves;
all the remaining families, each by itself,
and their wives by themselves.”  Zechariah 12:9-14

Notice how everyone mourns in isolation.  This will probably occur on Yom Kippur.

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | September 30, 2017

Curious Similarities

“The words of King L’mu’el (belonging to God), the prophecy with which his mother disciplined him.”  Proverbs 31:1

“immanu’El! (God is with us) You may make an uproar, peoples; but you will be shattered.  listen, all of you from distant lands: Arm yourselves, but you will be shattered; yes, arm yourselves, but you will be shattered; devise a plan, but it will come to nothing; say anything you like, but it won’t happen; because immanu’El!”  Isaiah 8:8-10

L’mu’El and immanu’El are similar.  King L’mu’El probably was Solomon, who is a type of Jesus at his second advent.

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | September 28, 2017

Rods & Discipline

“He who fails to use a stick hates his son, but he who loves him is careful to discipline him.”  Proverbs 13:24

“Doing wrong is firmly tied to the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline will drive it far away from him.”  Proverbs 22:15

“Don’t withhold discipline from a child – if you beat him with a stick, he won’t die!  If you beat him with a stick, you will save him from Sh’ol.”  Proverbs 23:13-14

“He guides me in right paths for the sake of his own name.  Even if I pass through death-dark ravines, I will fear no disaster; for you are with me; your rod and staff reassure me.”  Psalms 23:3-4

We have to assume that the above proverbs discribe a parent who loves their child.  It is not advocating indiscriminate beating.  It is no surprise that those who want to weaken the family are trying to outlaw spanking.  There are already countries in Europe where this is the case.  Notice that David says that YHWH’s rod (& staff) reassure him and comfort him!  No doubt there will be many rods and staffs guiding people when they wake up from death in the Millennium.  Some of those directions will be very reassuring:

Though Adonai may give you but bread and water,
and not very much of that;
your teacher will no longer hide himself,
but with your own eyes you will see your teacher.
With your ears you will hear a word from behind you:
“This is the way; stay on it,
whether you go to the right or the left.”  Isaiah 30:20-21

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | September 23, 2017

A Beginning

“YHWH made me as the beginning of his way, the first of his ancient works.  I was appointed before the world, before the start, before the earth’s beginnings.  When I was brought forth, there were no ocean depths, no springs brimming with water.  I was brought forth before the hills, before the mountains had settled in place; he had not yet made the earth, the fields, or even the earth’s first grains of dust.  When he established the heavens, I was there.  When he drew the horizon’s circle on the deep, when he set the skies above in place, when the fountains of the deep poured forth, when he prescribed boundaries for the sea, so that its water would not transgress his command, when he marked out the foundations of the earth, I was with him as someone he could trust.  For me, every day was pure delight, as I played in his presence all the time, playing everywhere on his earth, and delighting to be with humankind.  “Therefore, children, listen to me: happy are those who keep my ways.  Hear instruction, and grow wise; do not refuse it.  How happy the person who listens to me, who watches daily at my gates and waits outside my doors.  For he who finds me finds life and obtains the favor of YHWH.  But he who misses me harms himself; all who hate me love death.”  Proverbs 8:22-36

Chapter 8 is the personification of wisdom.  But does wisdom play like a child in YHWH’s presence?  No; this section is Jesus himself explaining his heavenly childhood.  It explains that Jesus was the first person YHWH created, as does Colossians 1:15: “The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.”

This explains how Jesus died at the cross.  An immortal God cannot die.  But God’s mortal Son can.  That’s not to say he’s not powerful!  He created the universe alongside his father: “For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.  He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.  And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.  For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.”  Colossians 1:16-20

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | September 4, 2017

End Times Mailer

The other day, I received a mailer titled, “The DAY of the LORD.  Now you can share the bible truth about the second coming!”  So I read all 48 pages.  Many points were good, like warning against date setting.  But a few points may not be correct.  On page 15, it talks about signs of the end from Matthew 24.  One is ‘Wars and rumors of wars’.  The problem here is that wars and war deaths have been level or decreasing recently.  https://ourworldindata.org/war-and-peace/    On page 24, it says, “God’s people will meet the Lord in the air.  Because Jesus does not touch the earth at His second coming, we can know He will not appear on the earth, as many teach.”  Wait a minute:

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.”  Zechariah 14:4

On page 28, it says, “Another common misconception of the secret rapture theory is that people will continue to live on the earth for several years after Christ’s return.  However, the Bible clearly teaches that when Jesus comes, there will be no human left alive on this planet.  In describing this time, the book of Jeremiah explains, “At that day the slain of the Lord shall be from one end of the earth even to the other end of the earth.  They shall not be lamented, or gathered, or buried; they shall become refuse on the ground.” Jeremiah 25:33

Maybe.  But here’s a few thoughts:
Son of man, prophesy against Gog and say: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am against you, Gog, chief prince of Meshek and Tubal.  I will turn you around and drag you along. I will bring you from the far north and send you against the mountains of Israel.  Then I will strike your bow from your left hand and make your arrows drop from your right hand.  On the mountains of Israel you will fall, you and all your troops and the nations with you. I will give you as food to all kinds of carrion birds and to the wild animals.  You will fall in the open field, for I have spoken, declares the Sovereign Lord.  I will send fire on Magog and on those who live in safety in the coast lands, and they will know that I am the Lord.

“‘I will make known my holy name among my people Israel. I will no longer let my holy name be profaned, and the nations will know that I the Lord am the Holy One in Israel.  It is coming! It will surely take place, declares the Sovereign Lord. This is the day I have spoken of.

“‘Then those who live in the towns of Israel will go out and use the weapons for fuel and burn them up—the small and large shields, the bows and arrows, the war clubs and spears. For seven years they will use them for fuel.  They will not need to gather wood from the fields or cut it from the forests, because they will use the weapons for fuel. And they will plunder those who plundered them and loot those who looted them, declares the Sovereign Lord.

“‘On that day I will give Gog a burial place in Israel, in the valley of those who travel east of the Sea. It will block the way of travelers, because Gog and all his hordes will be buried there. So it will be called the Valley of Hamon Gog.

“‘For seven months the Israelites will be burying them in order to cleanse the land.  All the people of the land will bury them, and the day I display my glory will be a memorable day for them, declares the Sovereign Lord.  People will be continually employed in cleansing the land. They will spread out across the land and, along with others, they will bury any bodies that are lying on the ground.”  Ezekeil 39:1-14

On page 31, it says, “I had been taught that the Greek word ‘parousia’ always referred to the Rapture and that other words were used for the Coming of Christ in glory… but I found that this is not true… We might go through all the writers of the New Testament, and we would fail to discover any indication of the so-called ‘two stages’ of our Lord’s Coming… That theory had to be invented by man.  Search and see.  There is no verse in the Bible that even mentions it.”

Au Contraire!

Let’s look at the Old Testament:

“The Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you mourn for Saul, since I have rejected him as king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and be on your way; I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem. I have chosen one of his sons to be king.”

But Samuel said, “How can I go? If Saul hears about it, he will kill me.”

The Lord said, “Take a heifer with you and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.’  Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what to do. You are to anoint for me the one I indicate.”

Samuel did what the Lord said. When he arrived at Bethlehem, the elders of the town trembled when they met him. They asked, “Do you come in peace?”

Samuel replied, “Yes, in peace; I have come to sacrifice to the Lord. Consecrate yourselves and come to the sacrifice with me.” Then he consecrated Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice.

When they arrived, Samuel saw Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed stands here before the Lord.”

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lordlooks at the heart.”

Then Jesse called Abinadab and had him pass in front of Samuel. But Samuel said, “The Lord has not chosen this one either.” Jesse then had Shammah pass by, but Samuel said, “Nor has the Lord chosen this one.” Jesse had seven of his sons pass before Samuel, but Samuel said to him, “The Lord has not chosen these.”   So he asked Jesse, “Are these all the sons you have?”

“There is still the youngest,” Jesse answered. “He is tending the sheep.”

Samuel said, “Send for him; we will not sit down until he arrives.”

So he sent for him and had him brought in. He was glowing with health and had a fine appearance and handsome features.

Then the Lord said, “Rise and anoint him; this is the one.”

So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon David. Samuel then went to Ramah.”  1 Samuel 16:1-13

Then,

All the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron and said, “We are your own flesh and blood.  In the past, while Saul was king over us, you were the one who led Israel on their military campaigns. And the Lord said to you, ‘You will shepherd my people Israel, and you will become their ruler.’”

When all the elders of Israel had come to King David at Hebron, the king made a covenant with them at Hebron before the Lord, and they anointed David king over Israel.

David was thirty years old when he became king, and he reigned forty years.  In Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months,and in Jerusalem he reigned over all Israel and Judah thirty-three years.”  2 Samuel 1-5

Now, it could be argued that these represent Jesus’ first and second comings, and not a two stage second coming.  But consider this:

“When David was old and full of years, he made his son Solomon king over Israel.”  1 Chronicles 23:1  And,

The next day they made sacrifices to the Lord and presented burnt offerings to him: a thousand bulls, a thousand rams and a thousand male lambs, together with their drink offerings, and other sacrifices in abundance for all Israel.  They ate and drank with great joy in the presence of the Lord that day.”  

Then they acknowledged Solomon son of David as king a second time, anointing him before the Lord to be ruler and Zadok to be priest.  So Solomon sat on the throne of the Lord as king in place of his father David. He prospered and all Israel obeyed him.  All the officers and warriors, as well as all of King David’s sons, pledged their submission to King Solomon.

The Lord highly exalted Solomon in the sight of all Israel and bestowed on him royal splendor such as no king over Israel ever had before.”  1 Chronicles 29:21-25

Notice that between the two annointings, the temple preparations are begun.

On page 37, it says, “Obviously, life on earth for humans during the thousand years is not possible.”  Where does it say that??

On page 38, it says, “The saints will not determine who will be saved or lost.  This work will have been accomplished by God already.  Rather, the work of judgment during the millennium involves the redeemed going over the case of every evil angel and lost human so that no question remains in the mind of the redeemed concerning God’s justice and mercy.”  This implies that the judgment is a mere sentencing or verdict, and not a complete trial (that may last centuries).

The truth is that the second coming will be more complicated than most think.  It will not merely happen in a few hours.  It will have many stages.  There’s no way to predict it all correctly ahead of time.  The totality of the second coming may take a thousand years or more.

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | August 26, 2017

Sniffing out the Truth

In this video about longevity, at the 7:58 mark, the speaker says one of the keys to living to 100 is the flu shot:

She says it’s more important than exercise or diet.  I was left scratching my head.  Really?!?  The more I thought about it, I came to the conclusion that it’s probably false, and that she may have been paid to say that as part of soft advertising.  I haven’t done enough research to prove that, and it’s possible that she’s right.  But it sounds very suspect to me, after having done dozens of hours of research into vaccines.  I believe vaccines are an abomination to God.  If not, would he not have instructed us to do so?  Vaccines have been around for perhaps 1000 years: https://www.historyofvaccines.org/timeline

If eating meat with the blood in it is an abomination to God, how about injecting something that was cultured in aborted fetal tissue?  Or even just injecting mercury (which the flu shot has)?  As Paul says, we must test everything.

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | August 25, 2017

Cheap Grace, etc.

One of the main challenges of religion is to make their offering cheap, but not too cheap.  If a religion is too strict, it will have few adherents.  If it is too loose, nobody respects it.  Some religions are spiritual get rich quick schemes.  ‘You can have paradise if you jump through our easy rituals’.  As the tendency is to desire large numbers and the associated income, the rituals aren’t too difficult.  Cheap grace is when believers are offered get out of jail free cards because, “Jesus paid my sin.”  Many Christians believe that their sins are covered, so there is not much to worry about.  The truth is, sins are covered, but only if one repents.  A great example of this:
For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.  But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”  Matthew 6:14-15   And,

“When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?”

“Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.”

Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.”  At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked.”  John 5:6-9

Now notice what Jesus says:

“Later Jesus found him at the temple and said to him, “See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.”  John 5:14

This man was an invalid for 38 years.  Yet Jesus says something worse may happen if he does not stop sinning.  Now notice that Jesus doesn’t say, “Stop sinning in this life or something worse may happen to you.”  It is impossible to completely stop sinning in this (first) life.  Therefore the command must extend into the next life.  That next life is going to include demands to repent and forgive others.  Many Christians are going to be surprised.  They thought, “Jesus covered my sin” so I don’t need to change anything.  Jesus admonished:  “Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still together on the way, or your adversary may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison.”  Matthew 5:25

Those courts he is referring to will be in Jerusalem.  It is described in detail in Ezekiel chapters 40-48.  Attendance at the Feast of Tabernacles will be required:

“Then the survivors from all the nations that have attacked Jerusalem will go up year after year to worship the King, the Lord Almighty, and to celebrate the Festival of Tabernacles.  If any of the peoples of the earth do not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord Almighty, they will have no rain.  If the Egyptian people do not go up and take part, they will have no rain. The Lord will bring on them the plague he inflicts on the nations that do not go up to celebrate the Festival of Tabernacles.  This will be the punishment of Egypt and the punishment of all the nations that do not go up to celebrate the Festival of Tabernacles.

On that day holy to the Lord will be inscribed on the bells of the horses, and the cooking pots in the Lord’s house will be like the sacred bowls in front of the altar.  Every pot in Jerusalem and Judah will be holy to the Lord Almighty, and all who come to sacrifice will take some of the pots and cook in them. And on that day there will no longer be a Canaanite in the house of the Lord Almighty.”  Zechariah 14:16-21

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | August 14, 2017

Red Rain

Blood red rain has fallen:  The Kerala red rain phenomenon was a blood rain event that occurred from 25 July to 23 September 2001, when heavy downpours of red-coloured rain fell sporadically on the southern Indian state of Kerala, staining clothes pink.[1] Yellow, green, and black rain was also reported.[2][3][4] Coloured rain was also reported in Kerala in 1896 and several times since,[5] most recently in June 2012,[6][7] and from 15 November 2012 to 27 December 2012 in eastern and north-central provinces of Sri Lanka.  (from Wikipedia)

Immediately we flash to Egypt:  “The Lord said to Moses, “If they do not believe you and are not convinced by the first miraculous sign, they will be convinced by the second sign.  And if they don’t believe you or listen to you even after these two signs, then take some water from the Nile River and pour it out on the dry ground. When you do, the water from the Nile will turn to blood on the ground.”  Exodus 4:8-9

There may be no link, but it’s interesting that these things still happen.

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