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.

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | October 31, 2020

Modern Molech?

“Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “You shall also say to the sons of Israel:

‘Anyone from the sons of Israel or from the strangers residing in Israel who gives any of his children to Molech, shall certainly be put to death; the people of the land shall stone him with stones.  I will also set My face against that man and will cut him off from among his people, because he has given some of his children to Molech, so as to defile My sanctuary and to profane My holy name.  If the people of the land, however, should ever disregard that man when he gives any of his children to Molech, so as not to put him to death, then I Myself will set My face against that man and against his family, and I will cut off from among their people both him and all those who play the prostitute with him, by playing the prostitute with Molech.” Leviticus 20:1-5

“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 done.  Then 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.” 1 Kings 11:5-7

Child sacrifice is mentioned in ancient times. But does it continue in our day? Certainly abortion comes close, but what about actual live child sacrifice? Some think it still occurs in secret. Time will tell. God abhors child sacrifice. Satan loves it.

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | October 18, 2020

Revelation 20 Speculation

“The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were completed. This is the first resurrection.  Blessed and holy is the one who has a part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with Him for a thousand years.” Revelation 20:5-6

The first part of this section, verse 5, has been shown to be very sketchy, an insertion. Here’s one article: https://christianityoriginal.com/mp/index.php/indepth/salvation/revelation205

But what about verse 6? This author speculates that the middle phrase is spurious: “over these the second death has no power,”. If this is correct, verses 4-6 read thus:

“Then I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was given to them. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony of Jesus and because of the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received the mark on their forehead and on their hand; and they came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. Blessed and holy is the one who has part in the first resurrection and they will be priests of God and Christ and will reign with Him for a thousand years.” Revelation 20:4-6 modified

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | October 18, 2020

Noah’s 370 days

“Now Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of water came upon the earth.  Then Noah and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives with him entered the ark because of the water of the flood.  Of clean animals and animals that are not clean and birds and everything that creeps on the ground, there went into the ark to Noah by twos, male and female, as God had commanded Noah.  It came about after the seven days, that the water of the flood came upon the earth.  In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on the same day all the fountains of the great deep burst open, and the floodgates of the sky were opened.  The rain fell upon the earth for forty days and forty nights.” Genesis 7:6-12

Noah’s family went into the ark on the 10th day of the second month. That’s the 40th day of the year. The flood lasted 370 days from the 17th of the second month to the 27th of the second month of the following year. If this story is a prophecy, when does the prophecy start? This author has assumed the flood started in 1874 or 1878. What if we have to count 40 or 47 days(years) later? There’s really no way of knowing. Prophecy fulfillment can only be seen in hindsight. It’s fun to think and rethink assumptions.

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | October 14, 2020

Heaven and Earth

“Then I saw New Jerusalem, that holy city, coming down from God in heaven. It was like a bride dressed in her wedding gown and ready to meet her husband.” Revelation 21:2

“And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God,” Revelation 21:10

Is this heaven coming down to meet earth?

“I saw a new heaven and a new earth. The first heaven and the first earth had disappeared, and so had the sea.” Revelation 21:1

Heaven is remodeled? Why? I thought heaven was the perfect paradise that saints go to. Why would it need to be changed? Are there problems in heaven?

“‘Our Father who is in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
‘Your kingdom come.
Your will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:9-10

“The one who spoke with me had a gold measuring rod to measure the city, and its gates and its wall.  The city is laid out as a square, and its length is as great as the width; and he measured the city with the rod, fifteen hundred miles; its length and width and height are equal.  And he measured its wall, seventy-two yards, according to human measurements, which are also angelic measurements.” Revelation 21:15-17

Angelic measurements? Sounds heavenly, yet human measurements seem earthly. If heaven and earth join in the end, does that mean that everyone eventually ends up in this heaven/earth synthesis?

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