Posted by: biblestudyseattle | March 17, 2018

Torah Observance

The early church had its controversies as does the current church.   Torah observance was one of the hot buttons since all the original Christians were jews!  But the early christians took a graceful approach to the Torah in contrast to non believers who took a legalistic approach.

On hearing it, they praised God; but they also said to him, “You see, brother, how many tens of thousands of believers there are among the Judeans, and they are all zealots for the Torah Now what they have been told about you is that you are teaching all the Jews living among the Goyim to apostatize from Moshe, telling them not to have a b’rit-milah for their sons and not to follow the traditions.

“What, then, is to be done? They will certainly hear that you have come.  So do what we tell you. We have four men who are under a vow.  Take them with you, be purified with them, and pay the expenses connected with having their heads shaved. Then everyone will know that there is nothing to these rumors which they have heard about you; but that, on the contrary, you yourself stay in line and keep the Torah.”  Acts 21:20-24

So Paul and companions kept Torah!  But for the Goyim (or Gentiles) their advice was: “However, in regard to the Goyim who have come to trust in Yeshua, we all joined in writing them a letter with our decision that they should abstain from what had been sacrificed to idols, from blood, from what is strangled and from fornication.”  Acts 21:25

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | March 2, 2018


Today, many people do not have carved idols.  But sometimes a life change can reveal idols in our hearts.  One example is an inheritance.  One day working hard to scrimp and save, and the next day being very close to financial independence.  Suddenly you need something new to focus on.  Or, how about kids?  Years of work, work, and missed sleep.  Then suddenly they move out.  Now what?  We must be careful not to cultivate idols.  We must keep our eyes on the main thing, which is eternal life with our Lord.

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | February 10, 2018

This Generation

There will appear signs in the sun, moon and stars; and on earth, nations will be in anxiety and bewilderment at the sound and surge of the sea, as people faint with fear at the prospect of what is overtaking the world; for the powers in heaven will be shaken.  And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with tremendous power and glory.  When these things start to happen, stand up and hold your heads high; because you are about to be liberated!”

Then he told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree, Indeed, all the trees.  As soon as they sprout leaves, you can see for yourselves that summer is near.  In the same way, when you see these things taking place, you are to know that the Kingdom of God is near!  Yes! I tell you that this people will certainly not pass away before it has all happened.  Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will certainly not pass away.

“But keep watch on yourselves, or your hearts will become dulled by carousing, drunkenness and the worries of everyday living, and that Day will be sprung upon you suddenly like a trap!  For it will close in on everyone, no matter where they live, throughout the whole world.  Stay alert, always praying that you will have the strength to escape all the things that will happen and to stand in the presence of the Son of Man.” Luke 21:25-36

Luke 21 is a long discourse on the end times.  But notice in the version (CJB) verse 32 says, “this people”.  Most versions say ‘generation’.  Many people have tried to figure out if they might be that final ‘generation’.  But the meaning changes entirely with ‘people’.  The word in question is Strong’s #1074 ‘genea’.  It can mean generation, people, etc.  But clearly Jesus is talking about at least two different times, the first being the Roman sacking in 70-73AD, and another future to us.  If Jesus meant that the Jews would not pass away till the coming of the Messiah it makes more sense to use ‘people’.  A little study will show the fig tree representative of Judah.  The Jewish people will certainly be in Jerusalem when the Day of Atonement happens.  A good article about the fig tree:

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | January 17, 2018

Eternal Life

In all, Adam lived 930 years, and then he died.

Shet lived 105 years and fathered Enosh.  After Enosh was born, Shet lived another 807 years and had sons and daughters.  In all, Shet lived 912 years; then he died.

Enosh lived ninety years and fathered Kenan.  After Kenan was born, Enosh lived another 815 years and had sons and daughters.  In all, Enosh lived 905 years; then he died.

Kenan lived seventy years and fathered Mahalal’el.  After Mahalal’el was born, Kenan lived another 840 years and had sons and daughters.  In all, Kenan lived 910 years; then he died.

Mahalal’el lived sixty-five years and fathered Yered. After Yered was born, Mahalal’el lived another 830 years and had sons and daughters. In all, Mahalal’el lived 895 years; then he died.

Yered lived 162 years and fathered Hanokh.  After Hanokh was born, Yered lived 800 years and had sons and daughters.  In all, Yered lived 962 years; then he died.

Hanokh lived sixty-five years and fathered Metushelach.  After Metushelach was born, Hanokh walked with God 300 years and had sons and daughters.  In all, Hanokh lived 365 years.  Hanokh walked with God, and then he wasn’t there, because God took him.

Metushelach lived 187 years and fathered Lemekh.  After Lemekh was born, Metushelach lived 782 years and had sons and daughters.  In all, Metushelach lived 969 years; then he died.

Lemekh lived 182 years and fathered a son, whom he called Noach [restful]; for he said, “This one will comfort us in our labor, in the hard work we do with our hands [to get what comes] from the ground that Adonai cursed.”  After Noach was born, Lemekh lived 595 years and had sons and daughters.  In all, Lemekh lived 777 years; then he died.

Noach was 500 years old; and Noach fathered Shem, Ham and Yefet.”  Genesis 5:5-32

Many doubt these long lives.  The oldest verified person in modern times lived 122 years.  Interestingly, “YHWH said, “My Spirit will not live in human beings forever, for they too are flesh; therefore their life span is to be 120 years.”  Genesis 6:3

But there is precedence for long lives.  Trees can live thousands of years.  The Galapagos turtle has lived to 177 years, the red sea urchin to 200 years, the rougheye rockfish to 205 years, the Bow whale to 211 years, and the ocean Quahog to 400 years.

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | January 13, 2018

The Unforgivable Sin

Many Christians, upon first reading the gospels, run across the unforgivable sin: “Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.”  Matthew 12:32 NIV

Immediately one wonders if they have committed such one time sin?  “If you see any brother or sister commit a sin that does not lead to death, you should pray and God will give them life. I refer to those whose sin does not lead to death. There is a sin that leads to death. I am not saying that you should pray about that.”  1 John 5:16

Again, this seems to be saying that there is a  single sin that dooms you!  That has no remedy in prayer!?  But wait:

“One can say something against the Son of Man and be forgiven; but whoever keeps on speaking against the Ruach HaKodesh will never be forgiven, neither in the ‘olam hazeh nor in the ‘olam haba.”  Matthew 12:32 CJB

Here the idea conveyed is continuing blasphemy.  What a difference some wording makes!  Like this passage:

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”  Matthew 7:7 NIV


“Keep asking, and it will be given to you; keep seeking, and you will find; keep knocking, and the door will be opened to you.”  Matthew 7:7 CJB

Verb tense matters!

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | December 31, 2017

Christmas & New Year

At the stroke of midnight, December 25th, the pastor said, “Merry Christmas!”  It occured to me that by YHWH’s reckoning the day starts at sundown.  It does seem that Yahshua was born at night.  “And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.  An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.   But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.  Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.  This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”  Luke 2:8-12

And the new year was either reckoned from fall or spring.  “The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in Egypt, “This month is to be for you the first month, the first month of your year.”  Exodus 12:1-2 (Springtime).  “The Lord said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites: ‘On the first day of the seventh month you are to have a day of sabbath rest, a sacred assembly commemorated with trumpet blasts.  Do no regular work, but present a food offering to the Lord.”  Leviticus 23:23-25 (Autumn)

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | December 16, 2017

Satan’s Goals

In a very real sense, there are at least two gods if not more.  YHWH on the positive side and Satan on the negative.  We could also include Yahshua and demons, etc.  A very interesting point was made in the book Truth Is A Lonely Warrior.  Atheism isn’t what Satan ultimately wants, although it can help sever a person’s relationship to YHWH.  Satan ultimately wants the world to worship him.  At some point, the world may be able to see Satan in human form, just as it did Jesus:

“How you have fallen from heaven,
    morning star, son of the dawn!
You have been cast down to the earth,
    you who once laid low the nations!
You said in your heart,
    “I will ascend to the heavens;
I will raise my throne
    above the stars of God;
I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly,
    on the utmost heights of Mount Zaphon.
I will ascend above the tops of the clouds;
    I will make myself like the Most High.”
But you are brought down to the realm of the dead,
    to the depths of the pit.

Those who see you stare at you,
    they ponder your fate:
Is this the man who shook the earth
    and made kingdoms tremble,
the man who made the world a wilderness,
    who overthrew its cities
    and would not let his captives go home?”  Isaiah 14:12-17

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | November 13, 2017


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!

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | October 19, 2017


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


There are a lot of verses related to mourning.  Here is a good source:

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.

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