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.

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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?

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | June 18, 2017

Ancient Disrespect

The bible is so full of nuggets and sage wisdom:

Listen to me, you fat cows
    living in Samaria,
you women who oppress the poor
    and crush the needy,
and who are always calling to your husbands,
    “Bring us another drink!”  Amos 4:1

This was penned around 2,700 years ago, yet it describes the conditions shortly before Israel’s fall.  Women crushing the needy and ordering their husbands around!  No submission and respect there!  No doubt this will be the condition shortly before Christ returns.  Isaiah adds:

As for My people, children are their oppressors,
And women rule over them.
O My people! Those who lead you cause you to err,”  Isaiah 3:12
And destroy the way of your paths.”

Puts some of the current fashions about women running the world in context.

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | June 5, 2017

Antichrist?

Then I snapped in two my other staff Hovalim [bound together], in order to break up the brotherhood between Y’hudah and Isra’el.   Adonai said to me, “This time, take the equipment of a worthless shepherd.   For I am going to raise up a shepherd in the land who won’t bother about the ones who have been destroyed, won’t seek out the young, won’t heal the broken and won’t feed those standing still; on the contrary, he will eat the meat of the fat ones and break their hoofs in pieces.

“Woe to the worthless shepherd
who abandons the sheep!
May a sword strike his arm
and his right eye.
May his arm be completely withered
and his right eye totally blinded.”  Zechariah 11:14-17

Who is the worthless shepherd?  One candidate would be Zedekiah.  But this prophecy was probably written about the fourth year of King Darius (chapter 7).  Zedekiah was most likely already dead.  He was carried away by Nebuchadnezzar.   Could this shepherd be an end time shepherd?  Possibly about the time of Jesus’ return?

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | May 27, 2017

Incomplete?

God’s name, YHWH is in the bible about 6800 times.  That’s strangely close to 7,000.  Is it supposed to be 7,000?  Is it possible that more scriptures will be added to our bible in the future?  Then the terms ‘Old’ and ‘New’ testament would be incorrect.  This author thinks there is a good possibility scriptures will be added in the future.  “After this, I will pour out my Spirit on all humanity. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions;”  Joel 3:1

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | May 15, 2017

False Religion

In addition, Yirmeyahu said to all the people, but especially the women: “Hear the word of Adonai, all Y’hudah who are in the land of Egypt; this is what Adonai-Tzva’ot, the God of Isra’el, says: ‘You and your wives stated your intentions with your mouths and performed them with your hands — you said, “We will certainly fulfill our vows that we made to offer incense to the queen of heaven and pour out drink offerings to her.”’ Without doubt, you will indeed fulfill every point of your vows.”  Jeremiah 44:24-25 CJV

Most other versions use the phrase, “including all the women.”  But David Stern’s version emphasizes this point.  It seems likely that women are leading figures in many religions and set the cultural tone.  Here, the women seem to have had a major role in false religion just before Babylon carried off Judah around 600 BC.

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | May 6, 2017

Passages revisited

Sometimes you read a passage in a different version and something jumps out.

Set up road signs, erect guideposts,
pay attention to the highway,
the path on which you traveled.
Come back, virgin Isra’el,
come back to these cities of yours!
How long will you hesitate,
you unruly daughter?
For YHWH has created something new on earth:
a woman with the strengths of a man.”  Jeremiah 31:21-22 CJB

The KJV has the end of verse 22 as, “for the Lord hath created a new thing in the earth, A woman shall compass a man.”  Yet, the NLT has,

For the Lord will cause something new to happen—
    Israel will embrace her God.”  And the Message has,

God will create a new thing in this land:
    A transformed woman will embrace the transforming God!”

And the NIV: “The Lord will create a new thing on earth—
    the woman will return to[b] the man.”  Or,

The Lord will create a new thing on earth—
    the woman will protect the man.”

Is this about women and men, or is it about Israel returning to her husband (God)?  A few verses later is this curious verse:

“At this point I woke up and looked around, but I had enjoyed my sleep.”  Jeremiah 31:26

Immediately followed by, ”

Here, the days are coming,” says Adonai, when I will sow the house of Isra’el and the house of Y’hudah with the seed of humans and the seed of animals.  At that time, just as I used to watch over them with the intent to uproot, break down, overthrow, destroy and do harm; so then I will watch over them to build and plant,” says Adonai.  “When those days come they will no longer say,

‘The fathers have eaten sour grapes,
and the children’s teeth are set on edge.’
Rather, each will die for his own sin;
every one who eats sour grapes,
his own teeth will be set on edge.

“Here, the days are coming,” says Adonai, “when I will make a new covenant with the house of Isra’el and with the house of Y’hudah.  It will not be like the covenant I made with their fathers on the day I took them by their hand and brought them out of the land of Egypt; because they, for their part, violated my covenant, even though I, for my part, was a husband to them,” says Adonai.  “For this is the covenant I will make with the house of Isra’el after those days,” says Adonai: “I will put my Torah within them and write it on their hearts; I will be their God, and they will be my people.  No longer will any of them teach his fellow community member or his brother, ‘Know Adonai’; for all will know me, from the least of them to the greatest; because I will forgive their wickednesses and remember their sins no more.”  Jeremiah 31:27-35

Perhaps verse 26 is referring to more than just Jeremiah’s sleep?  Could it be referring to YHWH’s sleep?  Could verses 27-35 be referring to the Eighth Day after YHWH wakes from his 7,000 year slumber?

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | April 30, 2017

Submit to One Another

“Honor Christ by submitting to each other.”  Ephesians 5:21

To modern ears, this sounds like, “everyone submit to everyone else with no particular distinction.”  It sounds like old can submit to young, husbands can submit to wives, parents can submit to kids; a little like the lyrics to the love child days: “Let everyone love one another right now…”

But this is not the intention.  The proof is in the following 12 verses.  A more accurate rendition to modern ears might be, “Honor Christ by submitting as you ought in your particular relationships.”  Verses 22-33 spell out what that looks like with bosses/employees, children/parents, husbands/wives, etc.  There is order in relationships, and not everyone is equal.  This is for our own good.  But Satan wants to upset the apple cart with the same lie that he used on Eve:  “If everyone just ‘loves’ one another you’ll be more free!  Don’t let that killjoy God enslave you saying you have to submit to your husband!  Be free!  Don’t let a man tell you what to do.  Get your own career; you can have it all!”  If only more churches would talk about these truths and Satan’s lies.

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