Posted by: biblestudyseattle | August 12, 2017

Psalm 121

“I look up to the mountains—does my help come from there?

My help comes from the Lord,
    who made heaven and earth!

He will not let you stumble;
    the one who watches over you will not slumber.
Indeed, he who watches over Israel
    never slumbers or sleeps.

The Lord himself watches over you!
    The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade.
The sun will not harm you by day,
    nor the moon at night.

The Lord keeps you from all harm
    and watches over your life.
The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go,
    both now and forever.”  Psalm 121

The Lord never sleeps?

On the seventh day God had finished his work of creation, so he rested from all his work.  And God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy, because it was the day when he rested from all his work of creation.”  Genesis 2:2-3

Evidently rest and sleep are not the same.  Indeed, the law says to do no regular work on the Sabbath.  It does not say one can’t work at all.  It is meant to be a day of rejuvenation, as the millennial Sabbath will be!

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Posted by: biblestudyseattle | August 10, 2017

Vacation

I’ve just returned from vacation, or holiday as they say in Britain.  Holiday comes from Holy Day, which is appropriate.  YHWH’s calendar laid out in Leviticus gives everyone the seventh day off, plus seven days off at Passover, a day off fifty days removed from first fruits, a day off on the first of the seventh month, a day off on the tenth of the seventh month, and finally eight days off from the 15th to the 22nd of the seventh month.  It also appears that the first day of every month was a day off, if not a celebration.   Then the Israelites got the entire seventh year off!!  And, every fifty years, the seventh year and the eighth year off!  YHWH clearly wants us to rest and even periodically party.

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | July 30, 2017

Sabbath Observance?

Every serious Christian should acquaint themselves with Bible Student teaching, but this sermon didn’t sit with me:  https://chicagobible.org/the-sabbath-the-rest-of-the-story/

The essence of the argument is that the priests were exempt from the Sabbath since they had to work on the Sabbath.  But where does it say priests were exempt?  Notice what Jesus says:

At that time Jesus went through the grain fields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry and began to pick some heads of grain and eat them.  When the Pharisees saw this, they said to him, “Look! Your disciples are doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath.”

He answered, “Haven’t you read what David did when he and his companions were hungry?  He entered the house of God, and he and his companions ate the consecrated bread—which was not lawful for them to do, but only for the priests.  Or haven’t you read in the Law that the priests on Sabbath duty in the temple desecrate the Sabbath and yet are innocent? ”  Matthew 12:5

So the priests aren’t exempt, but work, desecrating the Sabbath, yet YHWH commanded them so.  No one is exempt from the Sabbath.  Jesus possibly rose on the Sabbath (he possibly rose on the first day (Sunday).  The scriptures aren’t clear.  That’s another post, but it’s possible that this is foreshadowing the resurrection occuring during the millennial Sabbath and the millennial Jubilee.

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | July 19, 2017

Bakers, Silver, and Cups

A good friend pointed out these ties…

“and asked, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty pieces of silver.”  Matthew 26:15

“When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders.

“I have sinned,” he said, “for I have betrayed innocent blood.”

“What is that to us?” they replied. “That’s your responsibility.”

So Judas threw the money into the temple and left. Then he went away and hanged himself.

The chief priests picked up the coins and said, “It is against the law to put this into the treasury, since it is blood money.”  So they decided to use the money to buy the potter’s field as a burial place for foreigners.  That is why it has been called the Field of Blood to this day.   Then what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled: “They took the thirty pieces of silver, the price set on him by the people of Israel, and they used them to buy the potter’s field, as the Lord commanded me.”  Matthew 27:3-10

Then the chief cupbearer said to Pharaoh, “Today I am reminded of my shortcomings.  Pharaoh was once angry with his servants, and he imprisoned me and the chief baker in the house of the captain of the guard.  Each of us had a dream the same night, and each dream had a meaning of its own.   Now a young Hebrew was there with us, a servant of the captain of the guard. We told him our dreams, and he interpreted them for us, giving each man the interpretation of his dream.  And things turned out exactly as he interpreted them to us: I was restored to my position, and the other man was impaled.”  Genesis 41:9-13

They said to one another, “Surely we are being punished because of our brother. We saw how distressed he was when he pleaded with us for his life, but we would not listen; that’s why this distress has come on us.”

Reuben replied, “Didn’t I tell you not to sin against the boy? But you wouldn’t listen! Now we must give an accounting for his blood.”  They did not realize that Joseph could understand them, since he was using an interpreter.

He turned away from them and began to weep, but then came back and spoke to them again. He had Simeon taken from them and bound before their eyes.

Joseph gave orders to fill their bags with grain, to put each man’s silver back in his sack”  Genesis 42:21-25

Now Joseph gave these instructions to the steward of his house: “Fill the men’s sacks with as much food as they can carry, and put each man’s silver in the mouth of his sack.  Then put my cup, the silver one,in the mouth of the youngest one’s sack, along with the silver for his grain.” And he did as Joseph said.”  Genesis 44:1-2

In the story of Joseph, Simeon likely represents Judas.  Simeon was the one who most wanted to kill Joseph.  Hence he was treated the harshest.  The whole story of Joseph (Genesis 37-50) is the story of Jesus and the Israelites, from the calling of Jacob all the way through the first and second comings of Christ.

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | July 15, 2017

Healing

It’s amazing what a difference it makes when everything in your world is right.  Suddenly you don’t have unkind thoughts and everything is better.  But often adversity is our lot.  This is when our real character comes through.

“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

“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.”  Proverbs 13:12

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | July 12, 2017

Where are we in History?

Where are we in history?  Many Christian groups that focus on ‘end times’ preach that the world is going down hill, and this is a necessary precondition for the second coming.  They point to the signs in Daniel of increased travel and knowledge and say the end is near.  But the actual statistics say that the world is going uphill.  People live longer, extreme poverty is down substantially, crime is down, war deaths are down.  So what do we make of this?  Scripture seems to say that times will be very bad just before the second coming.  This author’s opinion is that things will continue to get better before they get worse.  And the worse part is probably a century or more away.  My opinion is that we are prophetically living in the seven plentiful years of Joseph.  Then comes the famine.

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | July 4, 2017

Independence

The Liberty Bell was apparently rung on July 8th, 1776.  It’s inscription reads :”Proclaim Liberty Throughout All the Land Unto All the Inhabitants thereof.”  Leviticus 25:10  It was a little early to truly proclaim the Jubilee.  The Papacy was humiliated in 1798 when Napoleon invaded the Vatican.  Pope Pius IV died in 1799 in exile.

“The man dressed in linen who was above the water of the river raised his right and left hands toward heaven and swore by him who lives forever that it would be for a time, times and a half, and that it will be when the the power of the holy people is no longer being shattered that all these things will end.”  Daniel 12:7

A time (360), times (720), and a half (180) is generally agreed as 1260 years.  Papacy was solidified in 539AD with the overthrow of the Heruli, Ostrogoths, and Exarchs.

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | July 1, 2017

Timing Justice

At the time of my own choice,
I will dispense justice fairly.
When the earth quakes, with all living on it,
it is I who hold its support-pillars firm.”  Psalm 75:3-4

YHWH clearly states that judgment is on his timing, and it will come with a shaking of the earth.  That will get peoples attention!  He’s done this before: “At that moment the parokhet in the Temple was ripped in two from top to bottom; and there was an earthquake, with rocks splitting apart. ”  Matthew 27:51

“When the Roman officer and those with him who were keeping watch over Yeshua saw the earthquake and what was happening, they were awestruck and said, “He really was a son of God.”  Matthew 27:54

That will be the sentiment once again.  This event is likely a way in the future, perhaps the Day of Atonement after the days of awe.  It may be a couple centuries hence.

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | June 23, 2017

Investing & Prophecy

It seems there are many parallels between investing & prophecy.  They both have to do with discerning the future.  The advantage with prophecy is that God has given us the answers ahead of time, even if in a hidden and convoluted way.  It’s amazing how many times I’ve seen investing prognosticators be wrong.  Same goes for most prophecy experts.  Seems they miss certain key data, or have the wrong model in their head to begin with.  With regard to prophecy, one consistent problem is ignorance of the chronology coupled with the tendency to think the end has to come quickly.  Even Jesus is recorded as saying this: “Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent.”  Revelation 2:5

“Repent, or else I will come to you quickly and will fight against them with the sword of My mouth.”  Revelation 2:16

“Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown.”  Revelation 3:11

“The second woe is past. Behold, the third woe is coming quickly.”  Revelation 11:14

“Behold, I am coming quickly! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.”  Revelation 22:7

“And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work.”  Revelation 22:12

“He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.” Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!”  Revelation 22:20

It says ‘quickly’ arguably seven times!  But what does it mean quickly?  Peter caught on fast enough that this may be from God’s standpoint: “ But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.   The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is long suffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.”  2 Peter 3:8-9

Quickly may encompass the entirety of the Millennial reign of Christ.

 

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | June 19, 2017

In Human Form?

“How you are fallen from heaven,

O Lucifer, son of the morning!
How you are cut down to the ground,
You who weakened the nations!
For you have said in your heart:
‘I will ascend into heaven,
I will exalt my throne above the stars of God;
I will also sit on the mount of the congregation
On the farthest sides of the north;
I will ascend above the heights of the clouds,
I will be like the Most High.’
Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol,
To the lowest depths of the Pit.

“Those who see you will gaze at you,
And consider you, saying:
Is this the man who made the earth tremble,
Who shook kingdoms,
Who made the world as a wilderness
And destroyed its cities,
Who did not open the house of his prisoners?’”  Isaiah 14:12-17

Will Satan end up in human form?  Is it possible that the spiritual enemy of the whole world will eventually be reduced to human form for the world to see?  Just as the disciples were appalled at the crucified Jesus, perhaps Satan’s followers or many people in general will see Satan as a person before he is thrown alive into the lake of fire?

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