News Letter 5846-023
11th day of the 5th month 5846 years after creation
The 5th Month in of the first year of the third Sabbatical Year
The Third Sabbatical Year of the 119th Jubilee Cycle
July 24, 2010,
Shabbat Shalom Family,
Sunday evening I sat with my wife and watched the world news. A massive heat wave is sweeping Europe and Russia. Crops in Russia are welting due to the extreme heat. Next was severe flooding in one of the Chinese Provinces with houses being swept away. The next news item was that 60% of Chinese cities do not have enough water due to the worst drought in decades.
I turned to my wife and asked her or pleaded with her; ‘Do you not see how many of the things I am saying and telling people about are coming true on the news? She just looked at me and said I am nuts and left the room.
What about you Brethren, do you still doubt what I showed you on the DVD back in March of 2008 and have been speaking about since August of 2005. Watch the video online in the Video Archves
The curses of Leviticus 26 are in effect. The first and second curses continue along with the third which we have just begun. The first curse is Terror, the second is severe weather, droughts and flooding. The third which began with Aviv 2010 is earthquakes, Pestilences and famines. In just 7 years begins the 4th curse of war.
In the news this week;
In April this report was sent out;
BEIJING – The Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in southwest China Friday said it had lowered its grain output target for 2010 by 1.02 percent, as the worst drought in decades is likely to curtail production in the region.
People in many parts of China are suffering from extremely hot weather, especially those in the south. Temperatures keep climbing to nearly 40 degrees Celsius, with many cities’ electricity supplies dealing with shortages.
Nearly Five Million Short Of Water In China Drought
The worst drought to hit parts of north China in six decades has left nearly five million people short of water, while officials warn of another dry spell further south, state media reported Sunday.
A total of 4.6 million people and 4.1 million head of livestock face difficulty accessing drinking water in the north, the Xinhua news agency reported, citing the State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters.
A province in north China that supplies Beijing with much needed water is itself facing serious shortages of the resource, state media reported ahead of World Water Day on Sunday.
The figure is up from 3.9 million people affected a week ago, according to earlier state media reports.
“Water resources in Hebei have dwindled by nearly 50 percent in recent years,” Li was quoted as saying.
Hebei, part of China’s parched north, is one of the major suppliers of water to neighbouring Beijing and Tianjin — two sprawling cities that together group at least 28 million people and are running out of the resource.
Watch the news reports at this URL above.
And at the same time as the drought in the north of china is taking place, in the south we have massive flooding.
Torrential rains that hit southern China more than a week ago have triggered destructive floods and landslides that have killed at least 175 people. An estimated 10 million people have been affected by the disaster that has devastated the region and forced the evacuation of more than a million residents.
Russia’s worst droughts in a century have destroyed almost 10 million hectares of crops in central and European areas, authorities said. A state of emergency has been declared in 18 Russian provinces, where fire has engulfed more than 26,000 hectares of forest.
The situation has been described as serious by Russian Deputy Prime Minister Viktor Zubkov, who oversees the agriculture sector. But he said authorities have the resources to cope. Various officials have tried to reassure the public that the country has enough grain stockpiled to rule out imports.
Germany’s Potato Industry Union, meanwhile, says it expects losses of 30 per cent in this year’s harvest.
“The situation is worse in many places this year than in the drought years of 2003 and 2006,” said Martin Umhau, the head of Germany’s Union of Potato Industry.
The Chamber of Agriculture of the Czech Republic estimates the grain harvest could by down by 10 per cent compared with 2009.
The Torah is for all people around the world. The people in China are suffering because they do not know the Torah! The People of Russia are suffering because they do not know the Torah! The People of India and the rest of Asia are suffering because they do not know the Torah! The people throughout the Middle East are suffering because they do not know the Torah! The people of Africa are suffering because they do not know the Torah! The People of Europe are suffering because they do not know the Torah! The people of North and South America are also suffering because they do not know the Torah!!!
Many of you who are reading this News Letter do know the Torah. What are you waiting for, you are told that the world is moaning waiting for your arrival and you are also told to go and make taught ones who will follow Torah. Not to follow you or me or some other person but to follow Torah! To Obey. What more do you need? GO and teach these people in these countries the Torah so they can live. Use whatever means you have to do so, but go and do something. Use your social networks or friends or relatives but you have the opportunity now to do something so get to it because soon you will not be able to do anything.
Romans 8: 19 For the intense longing of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of Elohim. Footnote: 1Lit. anxiously looking with outstretched head. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not from choice, but because of Him who subjected it, in anticipation, 21 that the creation itself also shall be delivered from the bondage to corruption into the esteemed freedom of the children of Elohim. 22 For we know that all the creation groans together, and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now. 23 And not only so, but even we ourselves who have the first-fruits of the Spirit, we ourselves also groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body.
Mathew 28: 18 And ????? came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 “Therefore, go and make taught ones of all the nations, immersing them in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Set-apart Spirit, 20 teaching them to guard all that I have commanded you. And see, I am with you always, until the end of the age.” Am?n.
I received the following email as I was about to post this News letter.
……….People do need to start waking up to what is going on in the earth right now at this time. Many people are fast asleep like Jonah while the heathen are pleading with them to call on their God(Elohiym-Yahweh). Others are caught up in the lifestyle of perversion like Lot and by them being silent many are perishing(Genesis 19). In fact, there are like five of your newsletters where I set the to side specific comments that you made about people stepping up to the plate to get the messages out because people are going to be accountable for holding the truths in that has been given(Ezekiel 33). That prompted me to step up more where it comes to sharing the word with others. Lately, to those who are caught up in sin and wickedness I share Lot’s story and the destruction of Sodom(Genesis 19). To those who are back slidden and fast asleep while the world is coming to an end, I share Jonah’s story(The Book of Jonah). I appreciate the hard work that you put into all that you do. You are definitely very diligent. Keep up the great work and may the grace/favor of the Master Yahwshua the Messiah be with your spirit. Aman.
Brethren you need to know this man is doing as much as he can from behind prison and his messages go to many inmates all over.
What excuses do you have not to warn and teach others?
For those of you who were moved by last week’s news letter and who would like to do something about your sexual addictions I have also the following site for you to study from. http://www.porn-free.org/freedom_journey.htm
Some people took my advice and asked Yahovah to show them their secret sins. He did show them and they were aghast at what they saw about themselves. As each of you strive to the perfection as you are told to be in Matthew 5:48 Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect. Ask Yahovah to show you your secret sins and then begin the process of removing that sin from your life. It is neither easy nor fun, but it is necessary.
Brethren you all need to read Psalm 51. Ask Yahovah to reveal to you your secret sins. Stop hiding them away and being servants of Satan.
Psalm 51:11 11 Do not cast me away from Your presence, And do not take Your Set-apart Spirit from me
If you do not clean up your act Yahovah will cast you away and He will remove His Holy Spirit from you. This is not the once saved always saved doctrine the Christians teach. You can quench the Holy Spirit.
I Thessalonians 5: 15 See that no one renders evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good both for yourselves and for all. 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 in all circumstances give thanks, for this is the desire of Elohim in Messiah ????? for you. 19 Do not quench the Spirit. 20 Do not despise prophecies, 21 prove them all. Hold fast what is good. 22 Keep back from every form of wickedness.
But if you will not listen to this then know that Yahovah has removed His spirit from people in the past who would not listen.
1 Samuel 16: 14 And the Spirit of ???? turned aside from Sha’ul, and an evil spirit from ???? troubled him.
1 Kings 10 we read how Yahovah turned against Solomon for worshiping foreign gods. Get on your knees and ask Yahovah to reveal to you your secret sins and to help you overcome them, so that you can become perfected in the Spirit.
One sister wrote this week to say;
I have to tell you what just happened! I had read your most excellent newsletter today and the convicting teaching about gossip and slander and here comes the devil into my house!
Also I felt a pang in my heart when you talked about leaving loved ones and coming to Israel. I did that, so painful, I am still praying that the Father will not leave my children where they are.
You made a stunning point about all the deception about “conspiracies” and how people wouldn’t listen to those when they tried to come with the truth now after being thought of as whackos and horses butts. It is the Father that is bringing everything to a head, and this is why we need to give Him the credit!
Thanks again for your newsletter, much food for thought and repentance.
Another lady wrote to say;
Thank you because the wisdom you share I value…everyday I see more and more…about the Torah some say we are to keep it…sort of looks that way…but if you miss one your guilty of all…hard to understand… how do i get your news letter? Your book is a jewel wish you could get it on GLC and they could carry it in the book store…actually i’d like to see you on the Light of the Southwest program. One thing I started seeing a few years ago was the bible is like circles inside circles inside circles…Yah doing the same thing over and over again with different circumstances and people ..am I right..?
Each of you can add your loved ones or those in your assembly just be sending me the email address and letting me know to add it to the News letter list.
If each and every person were to write to these programs or other radio shows they would have me on. But as of now they do not know if there is enough interest to have me. So please do write them and do it often.
Another lady wrote;
Just finished this week’s newsletter and again, I thoroughly enjoyed what is obviously another in depth study of Truth.
I must confess and ask for forgiveness for any information that “I” have relayed along the vine. Although I have always had reservations concerning many of the “theories” that run rampant, I have not always abstained from every single one either. And although I have not fully endorsed any, I had not altogether stopped the growth either. I guess “I’m guilty” and have no excuse, even on the smallest of matters. And… embarrassed of any relations especially when I see the company that these tales keep…. I mean really!…when they start saying that the “jets” are spewing out poisons to “do us all in”, do they not see the foolishness of such accusations?
Anyway….(what’s that about “silly women carried away….” Father help us)
I’m amazed that I always find teachings on matters that I feel I need to deal with concerning my growth in Truth.
Please don’t misunderstand me here….I am by no means an advocate of most of the gossip vines of “conspiracy”, I just haven’t done my part in stopping the flow, as a lot comes my way via a close relative.
This article has been a great conformation for me to give more of my time to the “Truth” and not waste it on these silly “tales” that have no real proof. And one staggering truth is that these tales always seem to wipe Yahweh off the scene, give credit to evil, which in turn puts the blame of the consequences of our punishment for our wrong doing on someone else. Sounds more like a complicated blame system…eh? We get focused on a story about what the enemy is conjuring up instead of seeing that it is really the consequences of our sin and the judgment that comes with it.
Thank you Joseph for the time and effort you put into these studies and I would like to ask any that come by this thread to pray that the head of my house (my husband) will start to take an interest in finding out the weightier matters of Truth. He is such a blessed simple man and has to put up with the likes of me, therefore I hope I have not been a discouragement to him , as I keep his ears full all the time
After sending out the article about the 9th of Av this week I discovered another coincidence about Pompeii and how it was destroyed on the 9th of Av. Pompeii was a Roman paradise which was destroyed 9 years after the Romans destroyed the temple. I added it to the 9Th of Av article
Others wrote to me and asked if we should fast during the 9th of Av. I told them it was up to them. It was not commanded. Later this week Nehemiah Gordon sent out the following message which should answer this question much better than I did.
Karaite Korner Newsletter #471
To Fast or Not to Fast
If you are thinking of fasting tonight for the 9th day of the 5th month (Tisha Be-av) have a look at Zechariah chapters 7-8. Just after the 2nd Temple was built, the people came to the prophet Zechariah and asked if they should continue to fast over the destruction of the 1st Temple. They had been observing 4 annual fasts commemorating 4 critical events in the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple: the 9th day of the 4th month, the 10th day of the 5th month, the 3rd day of the 7th month, and the 10th day of the 10th month. In the time of Zechariah, the Temple was rebuilt so they asked him if they should continue to observe these fasts. Yehovah delivers the answer through Zechariah, but it was not a simple yes or no. He starts off saying:
“When you fasted and lamented in the fifth month and in the seventh, for these seventy years, was it for me that you fasted?” (Zech 7:5).
Then a couple of verses later he says:
“Were not these the words that Yehovah proclaimed by the former prophets, when Jerusalem was inhabited and in prosperity” (Zech 7:7).
What follows in the next two chapters is a series of quotes from these “former prophets”. The overall message is (my paraphrase):
“You didn’t fast for me because I never told you to fast. Here is what I told you to do, so just do it!”
What has many people confused about the prophet’s answer is Zechariah 8:19 where he concludes:
“The fast of the fourth month, and the fast of the fifth, and the fast of the seventh, and the fast of the tenth, shall be seasons of joy and gladness, and cheerful festivals for the house of Judah: therefore love truth and peace.”
Many people take this to mean that up until the time that these 4 days become seasons of joy and gladness we should continue to observe them as fasts. Some even suggest that the Messiah will be born on the anniversary of the destruction of the 1st Temple, and hence it will become an annual birthday celebration. Whatever the future holds, I think it is appropriate to remember the somber events that happened on these 4 days but if God had wanted us to fast on them he would have commanded us to do so.
The idea of fasting to commemorate a past tragedy is alien to the thinking of the Tanach. When David’s son was critically ill, the king sat on the floor praying and fasting but as soon as his son died he got up and ate. David’s advisers were perplexed and they said to him:
“What is this thing that you have done? You fasted and wept for the child while it was alive; but when the child died, you rose and ate food.” (2Sam 12:21)
“While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept; for I said, `Who knows? Yehovah may be gracious to me, and the child may live.’ But now he is dead; why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he will not return to me.” (2 Sam 12:21-23)
The purpose of David’s fasting was to ask for mercy to prevent an impending tragedy (the death of the child) but there was no point in fasting after the tragedy already happened. In the case of the Temple, no amount of fasting in the world can prevent its destruction. It already happened. What we need to do is focus on what Yehovah commanded us to do in the first place, which is to live by the Torah. Incidentally, fasting on Yom Kippur, which is actually commanded in the Torah, fulfills the same function as David’s fast: asking God for mercy for the sins we have committed in order to prevent an impending tragedy, namely, the punishment for our sins.
So what about the prophecy that these fast days will, in the future, become days of joy? Does this mean the prophet is confirming their status as fast days and effectively telling us to fast on these days up until the end-time? For any method of interpretation to be valid we must be able to apply it consistently. Let’s look at another prophecy of Zechariah and see if this logic applies there as well. In chapter 13 the prophet says:
“And it will be on that day, says Yehovah of hosts, that I will cut off the names of the idols from the land and they shall not be mentioned any more; and also the prophets and the spirit of impurity shall I remove from the land.” (Zech 13:2)
The prophet is clearly saying that up until this future end-time the names of the idols will continue to be used. Would anyone in their right mind suggest that the prophet is teaching us to use the names of the idols? This is the logic many people use in the case of the fasts when the prophet says they will become days of joy in the end-times. If the prophet is confirming the validity of the fasts which will continue until the end-times then by the same logic he must be confirming the validity of the names of the idols which will also continue until the end-times. Here are three more examples of such end-times prophecies:
“And it will be on that day that the remnant of Israel and the refugee of the House of Jacob shall no longer trust in his attacker, but he shall trust upon Yehovah the holy one of Israel in truth.” (Isa 10:20)
“(18) And it will be on that day, says Yehovah, you shall proclaim, “My Husband” and you shall no longer call Me “My Baal”. (19) And I will remove the names of the Baals from her mouth, and they shall no longer be mentioned by their names.” (Hos 2:18-19)
“(9) And it will be in that day… (11) And I will cut off the magic from you hand, and you shall no longer engage in divination. (12) And I will cut off your statues and monuments from your midst, and you shall no longer bow down to the work of your hands.” (Micah 5:9, 11-10)
In all of the above examples, it should be obvious that the prophets are not confirming the man-made rules and regulations that the Israelites invented for themselves (names of idols, fasting for past tragedies, etc.). Instead, he is telling us that in the end-times every human being will cease observing a commandment of men learned by rote and finally conform to Yehovah’s will.
Again this week I have reports coming to me about our economy going into double dip recession.
In 2005, I began warning readers about the impending real estate bust even as the mainstream media was telling everyone “there’s never been a better time to buy a house” …
I said a massive credit crisis would rock our nation and its investment markets …
And I implored investors to avoid specific stocks like Beazer Homes … Golden West … KB Home … Novastar Financial … plus 20 others.
By the end of 2008, not only had housing collapsed and credit markets caved, but 11 of those 25 companies I profiled were bankrupt and virtually all of them had suffered severe stock declines, with average losses of 81.3%.
Now, I’m issuing another — even more urgent warning — and it has implications for nearly everything you invest in, from stocks to bonds to real estate.
Please, DON’T bury your head in the sand this time around. Because everything is telling me this new disaster is ready to hit in full force.
Just in the last few days, for example, we learned that:
• The Baltic Dry Index, a key gauge of global shipping rates, has now plunged 36 days in a row … the longest string of declines going back to 1995 …
• The July Philadelphia Fed Index, which measures regional manufacturing growth, dropped to 5.1 from 8 in June … while economists were expecting a measure of 10!
• And China said its economic growth is now slowing more than expected!
So is the recent 800-point rally in the Dow justified? Heck no! It’s only a matter of time before stocks go back into a freefall ..
The time to brace yourself for a massive stock decline and a powerful double-dip recession is NOW!
Brethren I again urge you to consider selling and moving to Israel as soon as possible. I also ask your prayers that Yahovah will soon provide a buyer for our home. We also seek your help in building up a fund to invest in farming and businesses in Israel that will provide for you the brethren when you come. We have had some already contribute to this by sending the funds to myself. It is my desire to have a board of like minded brethren to work with on this project. But if you wait and then see your money is going to be worth nothing; then it will not help us and this project will not be there when you need it. So consider the consequences of hanging on to your currency or investing in the Proverbs 31 Woman which is Israel and she is trying to prepare for her children.
Here is more from last week and if you are not a subscriber to this News Letter I include the information at the bottom. Sign up for it.
Pushing on a String … Again?
by Mike Larson
In the wake of the latest batch of “double-dip” chatter, the market’s attention is shifting back to the Federal Reserve. Investors are asking a simple question:
“What, if anything, will the Fed do if the economy craps out again?”
Before I give my answer to that question, I’m inclined to ask a different one: “Who cares?”
These guys have already done just about everything they can … pulled every trick out of their hats … and bailed out and backstopped virtually the entire financial system!
While all of that free money helped boost ASSET prices, it hasn’t done a heck of a lot for the “real” economy. Unemployment remains stubbornly high. Housing continues to slump. Investment is anemic and confidence is lacking.
In other words, the Fed is pushing on a string — and more pushing isn’t going to do a darn thing for those of us living in the real world! But since the market is focusing on the Fed again, let me address the question at hand …
Is QE2 Coming?
The latest economic data clearly suggests that my double-dip scenario is becoming much more likely.
Just this week, for instance, we learned that retail sales dropped 0.5 percent in June after falling 1.1 percent in May. That was worse than economists expected and the first back-to-back decline since early 2009.
What about housing?
Well, if you believe purchase mortgage applications are a good leading indicator of demand — and I do — then you should be worried. A Mortgage Bankers Association index that tracks loan activity just fell to 163.30. That’s the lowest level going all the way back to December 1996!
Finally, a key leading index is pointing decisively lower. The inescapable conclusion? Despite the happy talk on Wall Street and the recent market rally, the economy appears to be rolling over.
The last time the economy fell into the drink, the Fed reacted by slashing interest rates to a range of 0 percent to 0.25 percent. The federal funds rate has remained there ever since, and there’s no indication it’ll rise anytime soon.
But the Fed did much more than lower the funds rate …
It also embarked on a policy of “Quantitative Easing” (QE). That’s a fancy way of saying it printed money out of thin air and bought more than a trillion dollars of securities: Mortgage-backed bonds, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac debt, long-term Treasuries, and so forth.
The idea was to lower mortgage rates and bond yields, thereby spurring home purchases, refinances, and corporate investment.
Did it work?
Well, mortgage rates definitely tanked. At around 4.5 percent, in fact, 30-year fixed mortgages are the cheapest they’ve been in the last century! But as I noted above, housing activity is now plumbing depths we haven’t seen since Bill Clinton’s first term in office. Bond yields did drop initially, but not much. And they subsequently rose again.
Bottom line: I’d argue the Fed didn’t accomplish much. Even some Fed officials doubt the rampant money printing and QE policy worked all that well, according to The Wall Street Journal.
That hasn’t stopped some of the Keynesian acolytes from begging for even more free money from Helicopter Ben Bernanke though. Take New York Times columnist Paul Krugman …
He lambasted the “Feckless Fed” this week, begging it to do “all it can to stop it” — the “it” being deflation. Buy government bonds? Buy private bonds? Pledge to keep short-term rates low, essentially, forever? Krugman is all for it!
So far, the Fed itself appears split. The Journal this week puts Fed governor Kevin Warsh, Richmond Fed president Jeffrey Lacker, and Kansas City Fed president Thomas Hoenig in the “No more funny money” camp.
But Boston Fed president Eric Rosengren and New York Fed president Bill Dudley appear more open to the idea. Bernanke is reportedly somewhere in the middle, preferring to just wait, watch, and let the market sort itself out.
If So, Should We Care?
But again, my answer is that whether the Fed goes hog wild printing money or not, it won’t matter much to the real economy. It’ll probably boost gold prices. It’ll likely hammer the dollar. And it could temporarily boost stocks, even in the face of lousy fundamentals.
But all the kings horses, all the kings men, and even a further ballooning of the Fed’s balance sheet — currently around $2.3 trillion vs. $900 billion before the credit crisis burst onto the scene — won’t matter to most Americans.
Private companies aren’t firing workers and hoarding cash because interest rates are too high. They’re doing so because there’s too much factory and labor capacity.
Consumers aren’t cutting back on spending because loans are too expensive. They’re doing so because they just went on the wildest debt-fueled spending binge in U.S. history, and they’re trying to repair their balance sheets.
Look, we’ve had twin bubbles in stocks and housing over the past decade and a half. They both popped. The fallout will be with us for a long, long time.
I wouldn’t be surprised in the least if a long Japan-like period of economic stagnation lies ahead. In fact, I’d invest accordingly — by paring back stock positions into rallies, and using inverse ETFs and put options to target downside profits.
And when the Fed chatter reaches a fever pitch, I have some advice: Turn off the TV and go play with your kids or grandkids. It just doesn’t matter much in the grand scheme of things.
Until next time,
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Brethren, as some of you know I have been teaching the Sabbatical and Jubilee cycles since 2005. I am recorded on the video showing you how the economic crisis would unfold which would bring on the curses of Leviticus 26. You can watch the video in the Video Archives. And you do need to watch this DVD. It is free so show it to your family if you love them.
Now having read the two reports above, I again urge you to invest in the farm and business projects now while you can. Ecclesiastes 4:12 Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
You can try to survive what is coming by yourself or you can work together with others. It is up to you. While you are thinking of how you will survive let me also show you this next report about hyper inflation. I am not just talking about inflation for North America but hyperinflation.
In this coming situation cash is worthless and it is those things you have that you can barter with. If you think about it long enough, you will realize that what you need for you and your family is a roof over your head, food and water. Almost everything else is a luxury. This is our goal in Israel; to have these things ready and available, but we cannot do it alone. We need each and every one of you to do your part. Read how even the Chinese are getting rid of the US dollar in favour of hard assets.
July 21, 2010
America’s Fast Track to the Third World
By Dan Gorski
The Department of Defense has sounded an alarm about our access to a strategically vital group of metals called the rare earth elements. A report on the problem prepared by the GAO is not pretty. It concludes that the Chinese now control the production, processing, and manufacture of final products of these vital metals and now own the patents for many of these processes.
The worries of the DoD are well-justified; missile guidance systems, smart bombs, night vision gear, unmanned aircraft, and much more are dependent on the rare earth elements in some way. Without these metals, our weapons technology would be approximately that of the Korean War. Battery-powered tools, hybrid vehicles, the environmentalists’ precious windmills, and almost everything else electric cannot get by without them.
Rare earth elements have been described as the vitamins of modern technology. It took Beijing approximately twenty years to strip this technology from its birthplace in the United States and move it to China.
China’s success in capturing the entire production and manufacturing cycle for the rare earth elements is only the beginning. Their long-term strategy seems to be to repeat their rare earth coup in other sectors of mining and manufacturing. Awash in cash, they are on a gigantic worldwide shopping trip for resources of all kinds. Copper, lead, zinc, and iron are on their list, to name a few. Their reserves of U.S. dollars are being converted to hard assets. Anyone with experience with the Chinese knows that they are in the game to win. Their objective is world domination by whatever means necessary. Aided by our intellectually and morally challenged elites, they stand a good chance of accomplishing it without firing a shot.
Whether or not what I am saying here today is correct or not and if the situation will slip out of control is a matter for debate. The trend, however, is alarming. The largest annual contribution to the outstanding public debt during the Nixon years was $30.9 billion; Ford – $87.2 billion; Carter – $81.2 billion; Reagan – $302 billion; Bush(Sr.) – $432 billion; Clinton – $347 billion; GW Bush – $1,017 billion; Obama – $1,885 billion.
It was during the Nixon years that the US dollar was no longer backed by gold.
As this report points out, the correlation between deficits and inflation is sacrosanct — deficits lead to inflation and uncontrolled deficits lead to uncontrolled inflation. Whether or not there will be a Nightmare American Inflation remains to be seen. Let it be said though that the trend is not favorable.
I urge you all, whether you understand how money works or not, whether you get confused by numbers or not, whether you are the bread winner or the stay at home spouse, to take the time to read this article on hyper inflation and how you are on the exact same path. http://www.usagold.com/germannightmare.html Food riots will break out. Gangs of people will go into the country side to take food from the famers. People will be killed as they loot the farms. Are you ready for what is coming?
The above article was written in 1970 and was proven correct going into the following 20 years.
This next article I also urge you to read as it compares the Great Depression to the Hyperinflation of Germany and then to us now. http://jutiagroup.com/2009/04/09/1932-great-depression-or-1923-weimar-german-hyperinflation/ You can debate which was worse, the U.S. Great Depression or the Weimar hyperinflation; there are arguments for both sides. The Great Depression lasted much longer, from 1929 until the United States entered World War II in 1941. On the other hand, the Weimar hyperinflation wiped out the entire savings of the German middle class.
The lack of confidence in the economy, and the overall misery that this produced, meant that the German reaction to the Great Depression that arrived six years later was much more extreme than in the United States – leading to the election in 1933 of Adolf Hitler.
The Sabbatical and Jubilee cycles show us that in 7 years time we will enter the Sabbatical cycle of war. It is during this next cycle of war that the USA and UK will be defeated and destroyed. The years leading up to it are replicating the exact same things we have just read about during the Hyperinflation of Germany and the Great Depression of the USA. People will jump on any band wagon that will get them out of the current financial crisis they are in. Desperate people lead to desperate times. Please read the article at the above URL.
Triennial Torah Cycle
We continue this weekend with our regular Triennial Torah reading which can be found online.
With the opening lines of chapter 20 we are given a prophecy of Abraham and Sarah. When you read your bible always remember that every time Israel interacts with Egypt or Babylon it is prophetic to our day and time, if we will just consider it.
Here Israel is represented by Sarah. Abimelech is Satan.
Here we are shown that Satan will take Israel one day in the future.
You will also note in verse 4 that the people of Gerar are righteous. Even though Abraham feared them for his life as we are told in verse 11. And last week we covered hospitality and the week before as well and now we see how a lack of hospitality by Abimelech who takes this strangers sister to be his wife, causing Abraham uncertainty about Abimelech’s intentions about hospitality almost leads to disaster.
Now Gerar is in the plains south of Gaza from what I have learned, although it is not known for sure.
Once again we read about how Sarah and Abraham planned to tell a little lie and how it got them in trouble. They did the same thing when they went to Egypt back in chapter 13. But also you need to remember that Sarah is now 90 years old. 90 and she is still attracting the attention of those who see her. The first time they lied down in Egypt Sarah was 69 and she was turning heads.
Learn more about Sarah at http://www.biblestudy.org/question/why-was-abraham-afraid-of-being-killed-in-egypt.html
Every reference to these verses, both Biblical and secular, speak of Sarah’s beauty in highly favorable terms. One such reference comes from The Dead Sea Scrolls: A New Translation by Michael Wise, Martin Abegg, Jr., & Edward Cook:
“Found in scroll 1QapGen (Apocryphon of Genesis) it is noted that Abraham has a dream while in Egypt and then relates it and interprets it to Sarah. He tells her that councilors and advisors will come from Pharaoh and try to take her by force.
“After Pharaoh’s advisors return to him, one named Hyrcanos describes Sarah’s beauty in poetic form: ‘Col. 21 […] how splen[did] and how beautiful is the aspect of her face, [And] h[ow] supple is the hair of her head. How lovely are her eyes; how pleasant her nose and all the radiance of her face […] How shapely is her breast, how gorgeous all her fairness! Her arms, how comely! Her hands, how perfect — How lovely is every aspect of her hands! How exquisite are her palms, how long and delicate all her fingers! Her feet, how attractive! How perfect are her thighs! Neither virgins nor brides entering the bridal chamber exceed her charms. Over all women is her beauty supreme, her loveliness far above them all. Yet with all this comeliness, she possesses great wisdom, and all that she has is beautiful.’ “
[Notice this man is describing her thighs and face and arms and feet. Sarah is not covered in bulky middle eastern garb or a berka. He is able to make out her features and he finds them most attractive at 69.]
The following is extracted from Jewish Encyclopedia.com under the subject Sarah, subtitled In Pharaoh’s Harem:
“On the journey to Egypt, Abraham hid his wife in a chest in order that no one might see her. At the frontier the chest had to pass through the hands of certain officials, who insisted on examining its contents in order to determine the amount of duty payable. When it was opened a bright light proceeded from Sarah’s beauty. Every one of the officials wished to obtain possession, each offering a higher sum than his rival . . .” (Gen. R. xl. 6; ‘Sefer ha- Yashar, ‘ Section “Lek Leka”).
Later, the book of Genesis records the account of Abraham and Abimelech (Genesis 20:1-7) where once again Sarah is highly desired by Abimelech because of her beauty.
Both stories emphasize Sarah’s unusual position in God’s plan and intent that she become the mother of Isaac at age 90 and grandmother of Israel. She is highly esteemed among Christians and Jews, who consider her one of the four Biblical matriarchs (Sarah, Rebecca, Leah and Rachel). Truly Sarah was beautiful not only in looks but also in character.
Written by: Tommy West
In verse 7 we are told that Abraham was a prophet. My question to each of you is to tell someone all the prophecies that Abraham made if you can. If you cannot then you need to read the book The Prophecies of Abraham which you can order online.
From Wiki we learn of the phrase covering of the eyes.
The phrase “covering of eyes” is found in Genesis 20:16. It is translated literally in Young’s Literal Translation. The King James Version inserts the definite article “the”, absent in the original text. Almost all other versions treat it as a figurative expression, and translate it according to the meaning, not the individual words.
The verse appears when king Abimelech of Gerar is speaking to Abraham and his wife Sarah whom he had taken as his wife thinking her Abraham’s sister:
The King James Version translates as follows:
“And unto Sarah he said, Behold, I have given thy brother a thousand pieces of silver: behold, he is to thee a covering of the eyes, unto all that are with thee, and with all other: thus she was reproved”
One commentator has interpreted the phrase as implied advice to Sarah to conform to a supposed custom of married women, and wear a complete veil, covering the eyes as well as the rest of the face, but the phrase is generally taken to refer not to Sarah’s eyes, but to the eyes of others, and to be merely a metaphorical expression concerning vindication of Sarah (NASB, RSV), silencing criticism (GWT), allaying suspicions (NJB), righting a wrong (BBE, NLT), covering or recompensing the problem caused her (NIV, NLV, TNIV, JB), a sign of her innocence (ESV, CEV, HCSB). The final phrase in the verse, which KJV takes to mean “she was reproved”, is taken by almost all other versions to mean instead “she was vindicated”, and the word “???”, which KJV interprets as “he” (Abraham), is interpreted as “it” (the money).
Abimelech’s statement to Sarah about the giving of 1000 pieces of silver is interpreted in the midrash, and sometimes elsewhere, as a curse and re-translated “… his eyes”, in order to interpret it as the reason for Isaac’s later blindness in his old age. Such a curse was seen as righteously carried out, since Abraham’s deliberate deceit was to blame for Abimelech’s innocent error, and hence its visitation on Abraham’s son was considered just. More modern critical readings view it simply as an instruction to purchase a veil for Sarah, so that she would be clearly identified as being married, in which case it forms a sly reproach against her for not already wearing one.
The Jewish Encyclopedia agreeing with the general view, namely that the phrase has nothing to do with a material veil, states that Abimelech wants his wrongdoing overlooked in exchange for silver in a kind of ransom (kofer-nefesh, similar to the Teutonic Weregild).
When I see this covering of the eyes I am led to the atoning sacrifice. Your sins are covered over; Kafar. So compare the two words. In genesis 20:16 the word cover is Kacah. Read the meaning of Kasah and then compare it to the meaning of the word Kaphar below. I do admit I may be stretching the linguistic rules on this one and I could be wrong, but I do see the connection to having your sins covered; Not the tradition which still prevails today of covering up the women as Abimelech was doing. Notice it was the tradition of Abimelech and not of Abraham. So I am wondering if this tradition of the Middle East veil is not from the Canaanites. As we showed you in last weeks study, it is the men who are stimulated by their eyes, so covering up the thing that stimulates them or causes them to lust after a woman is one poor reason for covering a woman head to toe. By covering a woman it removes the responsibility of the man to train his eyes. But this is not what Abimelech is doing. He is paying for a perceived sin and extolling Sarah’s innocence in the bed room. Nothing happened; And at the same time rebuking her for her part in the deception. The 1000 pieces of silver is a redemption price for sin even though no sin occurred.
hsk a primitive root
Transliterated Word Phonetic Spelling
Parts of Speech TWOT
1. to cover, conceal, hide
a. (Qal) conceal, covered (participle)
b. (Niphal) to be covered
1. to cover, clothe
2. to cover, conceal
3. to cover (for protection)
4. to cover over, spread over
5. to cover, overwhelm
1. to be covered
2. to be clothed
e. (Hithpael) to cover oneself, clothe oneself
KJV (152) – clad, 1; closed, 1; clothed, 1; conceal, 4; cover, 135; covering, 2; hide, 6; overwhelmed, 2;
a primitive root
Transliterated Word Phonetic Spelling
Parts of Speech TWOT
1. to cover, purge, make an atonement, make reconciliation, cover over with pitch
a. (Qal) to coat or cover with pitch
1. to cover over, pacify, propitiate
2. to cover over, atone for sin, make atonement for
3. to cover over, atone for sin and persons by legal rites
1. to be covered over
2. to make atonement for
d. (Hithpael) to be covered
KJV (102) – appease, 1; atonement, 71; atonement…made, 2; cleansed, 1; disannulled, 1; forgive, 3; merciful, 2; pacify, 2; pardon, 1; pitch, 1; purge, 7; purge away, 2; put off, 1; reconcile, 3; reconciliation, 4;
In case I may be right about the covering of sins and the redemption price of 1000 pieces of silver I once again urge you to read: “Under the Shadow of YHWH’s Wings: The Tallit” and What exactly is Gopher wood? Easter Eggs and Doves and the relationship to Noah’s Ark
Once again we have here in the book of Genesis an example of the cost of sin. It has to be redeemed. In Abimelech’s case it cost him 1000 pieces of silver even though he did not sin and even Yahovah recognizes this fact. And this is what is meant in the last part of verse 16 in which Abimelech rebukes Sarah and clears her of any wrong doing.
The Scriptures say;
16 And to Sarah he said, “See, I have given your brother a thousand pieces of silver. See, it is to you a covering of eyes before all who are with you and before all others, and you are cleared before everyone.”
King James says;
16 And unto Sarah he said, Behold, I have given thy brother a thousand pieces of silver: behold, he is to thee a covering of the eyes, unto all that are with thee, and with all other: thus she was reproved.
The word reproved or cleared is Yakach or Yawkahh and it means the following;
1. to prove, decide, judge, rebuke, reprove, correct, be right
1. to decide, judge
2. to adjudge, appoint
3. to show to be right, prove
4. to convince, convict
5. to reprove, chide
6. to correct, rebuke
b. (Hophal) to be chastened
c. (Niphal) to reason, reason together
d. (Hithp) to argue
We have covered most of the story of Samson and Delilah last week. But once again I am noticing that the Delilah is going to be given 1100 pieces of Silver and then in chapter 17 we again read of another 1100 pieces of Silver. And we just read in Genesis of 1000 pieces of Silver given to Abraham.
Last week we should have read both chapter 15 and 16 together and this week we should read both 17 and 18 as they too belong together.
With a quick reading over these two chapters I come to the conclusion of why is this in here; The making of silver idols and the beginning of Dan in his territory.
IN truth there is a huge teaching here and I hope I am able to bring it all out at this time. Note we are told there was no king in Israel at this time.
DAN — THE SERPENT’S TRAIL
The question naturally arises, “How did the prince, the highest branch of the cedar of Lebanon, get to the isles of the sea?” To get to the bottom of that which is involved in the reply to this question we will need to understand some of the characteristics, and acquaint ourselves with some of the prophecies, which pertain to the tribe of Dan.
The prophecies which dying Jacob gave concerning what the posterity of each of his sons was to become in the last days, is recorded in the forty-ninth chapter of Genesis. In the seventeenth verse is a part of the prophecy concerning the tribe of Dan, the first clause of which, according to the King James’ translation, reads as follows: “Dan shall be a serpent by the way.” But a better translation is as follows: “Dan shall be a serpent’s trail.” A few points in the history of the children of Dan will show us how they became a serpent’s trail.
In the division of the land by lot, a narrow strip of seacoast country, west of Ephraim and Benjamin, fell to Dan. But this country soon became too small for the tribe, as we are told in the following: “The coast of the children of Dan went out too little for them; therefore the children of Dan went up to fight against Leshem, and took it, and smote it with the edge of the sword, and possessed it, and dwelt therein, and called Leshem, Dan, after the name of Dan, their father,” (Joshua 19:47).
Concerning the Danites, we have also the following: “And there went from thence of the family of the Danites, out of Zorab and out of Eshtaol, six hundred men appointed with weapons of war. And they went up, and pitched in Kirjathjearim, in Judah; wherefore they called that place Mahaneh-dan unto this day,” (Judges 18:11-12).
Again we are told concerning this same company of six hundred that they came to Laish, “A people that were at quiet and secure; and they smote them with the edge of the sword, and burnt the city with fire…. And they built a city and dwelt therein. And they called the name of the city DAN, after the name of Dan, their father, who was born unto Israel; howbeit the name of the city was Laish at the first,” (Judges 18:29).
A company of Danites went to Leshem, and it became Dan. A company of Danites went to Kirjathjearim, and it became Mahaneh-Dan. They went on to Laish, and it ceased to exist, but they left their trail, i.e., DAN, the name of their father, and thus their trail can be traced, not only from Dan to Beer-Sheba, but to the islands of the sea both by land and by water, for Dan had an inland country and a coast country. The inland company of Danites went west with the Overland Column, and the coast company went by water, for “Dan abode in his ships.”
Thus we have the prophecy concerning the ships of Tarshish, i.e., the ends of the world: “Be still (margin: silent) ye inhabitants of the isles; thou whom the merchants of Zidon, that pass over the sea, have replenished,” (Isa. 23:2). Also, in the sixth verse, is the following: “Pass ye over to Tarshish: howl, ye inhabitants of the isle. Is this your joyous city [Tyre] whose antiquity is of ancient days? Her own feet [means of travel] shall carry her afar off to sojourn.”
In these scriptures we are informed that the isles of the sea were replenished by the ships whose seaports were Tyre and Zidon, which were ports of Palestine. Also the people by whom the islands were replenished, or peopled, are commanded to keep silent; just as this same prophet, in another place, commands Israel in the island to keep silent until they should renew their strength.
When Shalmanesar descended upon Israel, he did not disturb those portions of the tribes of Dan and Simeon, which were dwelling on the southwest coast of Palestine, for the kingdom of Judah was then at peace with Assyria and lay between them and Samaria. However, both Dan and Simeon had large colonies in the interior, Dan in the north (Judges 18) and Simeon in the east, at Mount Sier, the region formerly occupied by the Amelekites (I Chron. 4:42-43). These portions of Dan and Simeon went with the rest of Samaria-Israel into Assyria, and with them passed out through the Caucasian Pass. The territory into and through which the ten tribes made their escape was just north of the Caucasus, which in ancient geography, as may be seen by consulting ancient maps, was known as the territory of the Sarmatians, while the pass, or gate, was sometimes called “The Sarmatian Gate.” Not a few have shown, and upon good grounds, that the name of Sarmatia was derived from Samaria, the earlier home of these wandering people, whose general name among themselves was Scoloti, but whom the Greeks called Scythians, or Nomades. From that word Scoloti we have the more modern name Scoti, and the still more modern Scots, which, of course, mean the same as the Greek, Scythia and Nomades, i.e., wanderers.
But this is only one of the many names by which these wanderers, or Scots, may be traced, for in their western march across the European continent, which was necessarily slow, Ephraim did obey the prophetic injunction, “Set thee up waymarks,” (Jer. 31:21). And just here we must keep in mind the fact that in the ancient Hebrew there are no written vowels, and that in the word Dan there are only two letters used which are equivalent to the English D and N. Hence it makes no difference if the word is Dan, Don, Dun, Din or Den, it is equal to the Hebrew D-n, in which the speaker sounds the vowel according to characteristics of his own dialect.
On the west side of the Black Sea, there is, according to ancient geography, a region which was called “Moesia,” signifying the land of the Moses-ites, and the people of which were called Moesi, or Mosesites. These people had such great reverence for a person whom they called Zal-moxis, whom Herodotus, the father of history, supposed to be their God, and concerning whom he concludes his account as follows: Zalmoxis must have lived many years before Pythagoras; whether therefore he was a man ot a deity of the Getae, enough has been said of him.” T. R. Howlett says, “Zalmoxis, whom Herodotus supposed them to worship as a god, is without doubt Moses; Zal signifying “chief,” or “leader,” while Moxis and Aloses are but the Greek for the Hebrew Mosie, which is also rendered Moses in our tongue.
Moesia was bounded on the south by Mace-Don-ia and the Dar-DAN-ells, and on the north by the river DAN-ube. In the territory of Sarmatia, which in some maps is Scythia, in others Gomer, there are the rivers D-n-iper, D-n-ister, and the DON. The fact that the Dnieper and the Dniester are written without a vowel between the D and the N is quite as significant as the fact that the Don has one.
Professor Totten says: “There is no grander theme upon the scrolls of history than the story of this struggle of the Anglo-Saxons westward. The very streams of Europe mark their resting-places, and in the root of nearly all their ancient names (Dan, or Don) recall the sacred stream, Jor-dan — river of rest — from whose banks, so far away, as exiles, they set out. It was either the little colony of Dan, obeying its tribal proclivity for naming everything it captured (Jud. 18:1-12-29) after their father, or else the mere survival of a word and custom; but, none the less, it serves to trace these wanderers like a trail. Hence the Dan-ube, the Dan-ieper, the Dan-iester, the Dan-au, the Dan-inn. the Dan-aster, the Dan-dan, the Dan-ez, the Daci and Davi, the Dan, the Don, the U-don the Eri-don, and the thousand other dans and dons of ancient and early geography, down to the Danes in Dan-emerke, or “Dan’s last resting place.” To this we would add, that, during all these years of blindness concerning the birthright tribes, the people of Den-mark have been called DAN-es, and that the people in contiguous countries, while having different local names, have been called by the same generic name, i.e., Scan-DIN-navia. Also that Denmark, the modern form of Danemerke, means “Dan’s mark,” that too, to the people of the lost birthright. The very people who have hunted most for the way-marks which God told them to set up.
All that Scandinavian country, and much more, once belonged to Denmark, which is now reduced to a comparatively small region. Yet we believe that little kingdom will stand until the end of this age. When dying Jacob called his sons together about him that he might tell them what their posterity should become in the last days, he began his prophecy concerning Dan as follows: “Dan shall judge his people as one of the tribes of Israel.” Then, immediately following, is the expression, “Dan shall be a serpent by the way.” (Isaac Leeser’s translation.)
In this prophecy Jacob does not say, as many seem to think, that Dan in the last days shall become the ruler of the other tribes of Israel; for the Eternal One has said, “Judah is my law giver.” But what Jacob does say is, that Dan as one of the tribes of Israel shall render a verdict, or judge his people Israel. How? Because he shall, like a serpent, leave his mark or trail, that Israel may find it in the last days, and that they may say, “There is one of the lost tribes of Israel.” When this verdict has been rendered, then Dan will have judged his people Israel. It may be that the word Israel, as used in the prophecy above, is used in its broadest sense, and includes both the house of Israel and the house of Judah. We are inclined to this opinion, for reasons which follow:
When Dan was born, Rachel said: “God hath judged me, and hath also heard my voice, and hath given me a son; therefore she called his name Dan.” The word in Hebrew means “Judge,” and Daniel means “The judge of God.” Thus Dan “judge,” and El “God,” hence Daniel, the judge of God. Thus Jacob in his last day’s prophecy concerning the tribe of Dan plays on their tribal name, and says the judge shall judge, or, in other words, that Dan shall Dan. What? Dan shall Dan! Yes; and he certainly has Dan-ed, and Dan-ed, and Dan-ed, and kept on Dan-ing until he has given abundant evidence to his people that he is one of the tribes of Israel, for they now see the mark of his trail, i.e., DAN.
It is now more than two hundred and fifty years since a Danish peasant, who, with his daughter, was following their plow in their native country, when the daughter’s plow turned up a bright and glittering something, which upon examination proved to be a golden trumpet. It was taken to the authorities, and, beyond all doubt, identified as one of the SEVEN Golden Trumpets used in the altar service of the temple at Jerusalem. This trumpet, which is now in the National Museum at Copenhagen, is ornamented with a lily and pomegranate the lily being the national flower of Egypt, and the pomegranate that of Palestine — thus showing the half Egyptian and half Israelitish origin of the birthright nation of which the tribe of Dan was a part.
Just before Moses died, he, like Jacob, gave prophecies concerning each tribe in Israel, and of Dan he said: “Dan is a lion’s whelp; he shall leap from Bashan.” Bashan was on Palestinean territory, hence Dan is to leap from that country, but it is left for history to tell where that leap landed him. And it is a well-authenticated fact that, after the coast colonies of Dan and Simeon knew that their king and their brethren were defeated, then they embarked in their ships and fled to the islands of the sea which are to the northwest of Europe. For the people who are known by all historians to have been the first settlers of Ireland are called “Tuatha de Danaans,” which literally means “The tribe of Dan.” These Danaans of Ireland correspond to the Danaoi of the Greeks, and Latin Danas, and the Hebrew Dan.
The Lord, by the mouth of the Psalmist, declares that “He breaketh [or driveth] the ships of Tarshish with an east wind.” As these Si-don-ians from the port of Si-don are driven, like Ephraim, WEST by an east wind, they not only leave their trail along the shores of the Mediterranean in Dens, Dins and Dons, but on the Peninsula of Spain. Just before passing out through the strait into the great waters they left a mark that remains unto this day, i.e., Me-din-a Sidon-ia.
That Dan’s leap landed him in Ireland is evident, for in that island we find to this day Dans-Lough, Dan-Sower, Dan-Monism, Dun-dalke, Dun-drum, Don-egal Bay and Don-e-gal City, with Dun-glow and Lon-don-derry just north of them. But there is also Din-gle, Dun-garven and Duns-more, which means “More Dan’s.” And, really, there are so many more that we have no space for them, except to mention Dangan Castle, where the Duke of Wellington was born, and to say that Dunn in the Irish language means just what Dan means in the Hebrew, i.e., a judge.
It is remarkable that there is not only a river Don in Scotland, but also a river Doon, and that there is also a river Don in England. Also that these countries are as full of Dans, Dons and Duns as Ireland, for in them are not only such names as Dundee, Dunkirk, Danbar, Dunraven, and many others, but the name of DAN, the son of Jacob, son of Isaac, son of Abraham, lies buried in the name of their capital cities, i.e., E-DAN-burgh and Lon-don. Surely Dan hath Dan-ed, or judged among his people, and thus fulfilled the sure word of prophecy.
We are told that, in the days of Solomon, “Every three years came the ships of Tarshish.” Eight hundred and sixty years before Christ we are told that Jonah went to Joppa, a seaport within the borders of Dan, and found a ship going to Tarshish, and that he took passage in it to go to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. Just how long the ships of Palestinean seaports had been replenishing, or colonizing, the isles, even before the Assyrian captivity of the ten tribes, is not known, but historians place the time as early as 900 B. C. [Note this period of the judges takes place after the Joshua enters The Promised land in 1337 BC and before King Saul came to the throne in 1050 BC] This gives abundant time for some prince of the Zarah branch of Judah’s family to have preceded Israel to the isles, and to have had a large colony even before the Birthright went to Assyria, an event which did not occur until 721 B. C. That one of those princes did precede Israel to the isles of the sea is evident; first, because God says he did, and, second, because it is recorded in the Milesian records of Ireland that the prince Herremon, to whom Tea Tephi was married, was a prince of the “Tuatha de Daanans.”
Mark this! If that prince was a prince of the tribe of Dan — and authentic history declares he was — then he was a prince of the family of Judah, for there can be no Prince of Dan other than a prince of the royal family of HIS RACE, and that family has but one fountain head, i.e., Judah, the fourth son of Jacob and Leah, to whom pertains the sceptre blessing.
But this rule seems to have worked both ways, for the family ensign of Judah is a lion, and since one of his whelps (young lion) went to the northwest isles with Dan, as a matter of course the ensign of his family, the royal family, went with him. Thus it became associated with the “Tuatha de Daanans,” the tribe of Dan, and in time found its way into their national seal. See the accompanying cut. http://www.giveshare.org/israel/judah/threelions.html
The figure on this seal is described as “A Lion’s Whelp with a Serpent’s Tail.” The largest of these represent Denmark, and the other two Norway and Sweden, which were at that time under the dominion of Denmark.
Could the tribe of Dan have gone to Greece via Lebanon and later to Rome?
According to the ancient Greek “story” the Iliad by Homer, the founder of Troy was named Dardanus. Dardanus had a son named Erichthonius, who had a son named Tros, who was the namesake of the ancient Trojans and of their capital city of Troy.
Tros has three sons, Ilus, Ganymede, and Assaracus. Priam. the reigning kink of the Trojans, was of the line of Ilus. Aeneas, founder of the Roman Empire, was a prince of the royal house of Assaracus. Ganymede was the great-grandson of Dardanus.
According to Homer’s Iliad (Book V), Zeus kidnapped the prince, Ganymede. Zeus wanted Ganymede to be a special cup-bearer to the gods (which may be a clue to the origin of the legend of the so-called Holy Grail).
The Iliad does not relate how Zeus carried off Ganymede, but there is an ancient Roman mosaic showing Ganymede, the Trojan prince, being carried off by Zeus, who had taken the form of an eagle. Here is a possible clue to connect the progenitors of the ancient Trojans with the tribe of Dan, who had adopted the eagle as their insignia.
Zeus was sometimes pictured as an eagle, but at other times he was pictured as a serpent to whom offerings of honey were made. Here appears yet another clue. We have the symbol of a snake (the first insignia of Dan) to whom offerings of honey were made!! The honey could be a reference to the bees in Samson’s riddle. Over the centuries some of the Spartans (earlier populated by Trojans) and Trojans migrated to southern France, and into Germany. In the Apocryphal book I Maccabees there is an account about the Spartans of southern Greece claiming they were related to the Jewish people and were, in fact, the stock of Abraham.
A letter from the king of the Spartans to the Jewish high priest in Jerusalem is most revealing:
“Areus, king of the Spartans, to Onias, the high priest, greetings. It has been discovered in a document concerning the Spartans and Jews that they are brothers, and are of the race of Abraham” (I Maccabees 12:20-21). The first century Historian Flavius Josephus also records this letter in his writings. Four symbols are used in the Bible concerning the Danites; a serpent, an eagle, a lion, and the bees. In the story of Samson we find the famous riddle of the bees who made honey in the carcass of a lion which had been killed by Samson. The symbolic nature of the bees could represent the concept that the descendents of the tribe of Dan would one day try to bring about the destruction of the tribe of Judah, whose symbol was the lion. Of interest, throughout the centuries, the Merovingian (European) royalty have for centuries been tied to the symbol of bees.
When Moses gave his prophecies of the 12 tribes, he said that Benjamin would “dwell between the shoulders of Judah” (Deuteronomy 33:12), and that Dan, “as a lion’s whelp, would leap from Bashan” (Deuteronomy 33:22). Bashan was located in ancient Lebanon. That Mosaic prediction came to pass when the tribe of Dan was deprived of its territory adjacent to Judah, moved north to Lebanon, and established its territory in Bashan. From there the Danites made a symbolic leap into obscurity (Europe; Germany? Denmark? Danube River? Irish Tuatha de Danann? Rome? Greece?).
In Judges 18 the tribe of Dan established an idolatrous religion – the worship of the sun and moon.
In Revelation 7 all of the tribes are listed (within the figure of 144,000 Israelites), except the Tribe of Dan.
I am unable to find my notes so I am going from memory. The reason the tribe of Dan is not amongst the 144,000 in rev 7 is because of this idolatrous religion which we have just been shown in Judges 17 and 18. Even today if one were to search out the myths and religious teachings of the Druids and the Irish you will come across all sorts of things from leprechauns and fairies and wild stories. At work we have Newfoundlanders of Irish background and the stories they come out with are hysterical and not true but are told as true.
Now I do not know from where I get the following information, but from my memory it was told to me that the reason they are not part of the 144,000 is that they are like the salt in the offerings in which much salt is added. The Irish, the Newfies and the like, are the salt, the spice that causes the rest of us to move. If you have never received the barbs and jests of an Irish or Newfy rebuke you have not yet lived. Again brethren this is from my own understandings and I am unable to support this point here with other teachings. So take it with a grain of salt.
Psalm 43 is the 43rd psalm from the Book of Psalms. It was written by the sons of Korah, and is a continuation to Psalm 42. In many Hebrew manuscripts Psalm 42 and 43 constitute one psalm.
The theme this week in the psalms is the depression you find yourselves in after being attacked by your enemies and the call to Yahovah to rescue you.
Psalm 92: 1 It is a good thing to give thanks unto Yahovah, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High: 2 To shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night
When your prayers become repetitive and empty, or when you don’t know what to pray for simply because words get in the way, turn to The Psalms and use them morning and evening. But like David, talk to Yahovah from your heart and let Him know the aches you are going through and ask Him to help you see the light at the end of this journey or trial. But although you may feel lower than the belly of a worm, do not give up because Yahovah has your back.
This chapter has some of the most powerful messages for those who are living and those who are dead but think they are alive.
It is in 3 parts. The first part is about the 10 virgins and the coming groom. The second part is about the giving of the five , two and one talents. The third part is about the feeding of the hungry and thirsty and clothing those who are naked and hospitality which we have been talking about the past few weeks. But all three parts are part of the same teaching.
Let us examine each part alone then all together to get the deep and rich meaning and the very serious message Yeshua was giving to those who would follow Him.
Proverbs 6:23 “For a commandment is a lamp and the Torah is light; and reproving discipline is the way of life.”
1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. 2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. 3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: 4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. 5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. 6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. 7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. 8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. 9 But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. 10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. 11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. 12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. 13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.
Lamps appear in the Torah and other Jewish sources as a symbol of “lighting” the way for the righteous, the wise, and for love and other positive values. While fire was often described as being destructive, light was given a positive spiritual meaning. The oil lamp and its light were important household items, and this may explain their symbolism. Oil lamps were used for many spiritual rituals. The oil lamp and its light also became important ritualistic articles with the further development of Jewish culture and its religion. Without the oil there is not light.
Exodus 27:20 “And you shall command the people of Israel that they bring to you pure beaten olive-oil for the light, that a lamp may be set to burn continually”.
Numbers 8: 1 -4 “When you set the lamps, the seven lamps shall give light in front of the lamp stand (menorah).”
Psalms 132:16 “There I shall cause pride to sprout for David; I have prepared a lamp for my anointed.”
Proverbs 6:23 “For a commandment is a lamp and the Torah is light; and reproving discipline is the way of life.”
Proverbs 20:27 “A man’s soul is the lamp of Yhahovah, which searches the chambers of one’s innards.”
“A lamp is called a lamp, and the soul of man is called a lamp.” (Babylonian Talmud, Shabbat 30B)
Luke 11:34 “Your eye is the lamp of your body; when your eye is sound, your whole body is sound, your whole body is full of light; but when it is not sound, your body is full of darkness.”
John 5:35 “He was a burning and shining lamp, and you were willing to rejoice for a while in his light.”
Rev 22:5 5 And night shall be no more, and they shall have no need of a lamp or the light of the sun, because ???? Elohim shall give them light. And they shall reign forever and ever.
From these verses we can see that the commandments are the lamps which show us the way. The torah is the light by which we can walk.
Oil in the Bible is the physical representation of a spiritual reality. Hebrews 9:23-24 refers to such things as a type or “copy” of true things in the heavenlies. Anointing oil represents the anointing of the Holy Spirit or Yahovah’s anointing and it can be used for:
Consecration – Anoint and pray setting people, children, homes, offices, etc. apart for Yahovah’s purpose. In Exodus 30:25-29 and Exodus 40:9, Moses is commanded by Yahovah to anoint the tabernacle and it’s furnishing “that they may be most holy.” We are the tabernacle, the holy temple of Yahovah. Anoint and pray, asking Yahovah to make us “holy”
Impartation – Anoint and pray asking the power of Yahovah to come into your heart or the heart of a loved one. As when Samuel anointed David as king in 1 Samuel 16:13 imparting the power of the Holy Spirit The Bible says “And the Spirit of ???? came upon Dawid? from that day and onwards.”
Emancipation – Anoint and pray calling upon Yahovah to set you free, Isaiah 10:27 tells us that the yoke, a symbol of the bondage and oppression of our enemies, will be destroyed because of the anointing oil.
Preparation – Anoint and pray to prepare yourself and others for Yahovah’s purpose. In Matt 26:6-12 a woman pours a fragrant oil upon Yeshua’s head as preparation for his death and burial.
We now know that the oil in the lamps is the Holy Spirit and the lamps are the commandments.
1 John 3:4 Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.
We are told in 1 John what those people are who do not keep the commandments. But it is in Mathew where we read what Yeshua will say to these people who do not keep the commandments.
Matthew 7:23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!
Matthew 13:41 The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness,
Many people in that day will be surprised to be told they are not known of by Yeshua. His angels will take them away from the kingdom. Yet they have always appeared to be good people, doing good things, but refusing to obey the Commandments and especially to keep the Sabbath and Holy Day and Sabbatical years.
Matthew 23:28 Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.
Five of the foolish virgins say 8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.
What is it that they are saying?
We have already covered this in previous studies.
Mathew 21: 33 “Hear another parable: There was a certain man, a householder who planted a vineyard and placed a hedge around it, and dug a winepress in it and built a watchtower. And he leased it to farmers and went abroad. 34 “And when the season of the fruits drew near, he sent his servants to the farmers, to receive its fruit. 35 “And the farmers took his servants and beat one, and they killed one, and they stoned another. 36 “Again he sent other servants, more than the first, and they did likewise to them. 37 “And at last he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They shall respect my son.’ 38 “But when the farmers saw the son, they said among themselves, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him, and let us possess his inheritance.’ 39 “And they took him, and threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him. 40 “Therefore, when the master of the vineyard comes, what shall he do to those farmers?” 41 They said to Him, “Evil ones! He shall bring them to evil destruction, and lease the vineyard to other farmers who shall give to him the fruits in their seasons.”
Then again in Mathew 24 which we just covered last week says 42 “Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Master is coming. 43 “And know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. 44 “Because of this, be ready too, for the Son of Ad?am is coming at an hour when you do not expect Him. 45 “Who then is a trustworthy and wise servant, whom his master set over his household, to give them food in season? 46 “Blessed is that servant whom his master, having come, shall find so doing. 47 “Truly, I say to you that he shall set him over all his possessions. 48 “But if that evil servant says in his heart, ‘My master is delaying his coming,’ 49 and begins to beat his fellow servants, and to eat and drink with the drunkards, 50 the master of that servant shall come on a day when he does not expect it, and at an hour he does not know, 51 and shall cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites – there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
When these foolish virgins realize they do not have or do not have enough of the Holy Spirit they will turn and beat the others in order to try and get some for themselves.
Once again we are to watch, 13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.
The reason you do not know the day is because the Feast of Trumpets is determined by the first sighting of the new moon to begin the month. If the first Crescent of the moon is not seen on 29th evening then the month is declared a 30 day month and this would mean the Feast of Trumpets would be one day later.
Those who have been practicing looking for the new moon know that they never know at what hour it will appear to them. It could be blocked by clouds or haze or be very low on the horizon. But when it is seen there is a shout and then the Shofars are sounded. This is what we do today and it ties into this very prophecy that no man will know the day or the hour. Now you know why. If you want to read more on this you can do so in:
The Second part of Mathew 25 is 14 for it is like a man going from home, who called his own servants and delivered his possessions to them. 15 “And to one he gave five talents, and to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability, and went from home. 16 “And he who had received the five talents went and worked with them, and made another five talents. 17 “In the same way, he with the two also, he gained two more. 18 “But he who had received the one went away and dug in the ground, and hid the silver of his master. 19 “And after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20 “And he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents. See, I have gained five more talents besides them.’ 21 “And his master said to him, ‘Well done, good and trustworthy servant. You were trustworthy over a little, I shall set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 22 “Then he who had received two talents came and said, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents. See, I have gained two more talents besides them.’ 23 “His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and trustworthy servant. You were trustworthy over a little, I shall set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 24 “And the one who had received the one talent also came and said, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed, 25 and being afraid, I went and hid your talent in the ground. See, you have what is yours.’ 26 “And his master answering, said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed. 27 ‘Then you should have put my silver with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. 28 ‘Therefore take away the talent from him, and give it to him who possesses ten talents. 29 ‘For to everyone who possesses, more shall be given, and he shall have overflowingly; but from him who does not possess, even what he possesses shall be taken away.1 Footnote:1See Lk. 8:18. 30 ‘And throw the worthless servant out into the outer darkness – there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
Each of you has been given a talent. Some have been given more and others less but each of you has something to contribute.
Ephesians 4: 11 And He Himself gave some as emissaries, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as shepherds and teachers 12 for the perfecting of the set-apart ones, to the work of service to a building up of the body of the Messiah, 13 until we all come to the unity of the belief and of the knowledge of the Son of Elohim, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the completeness of Messiah, 14 so that we should no longer be children, tossed and borne about by every wind of teaching, by the trickery of men, in cleverness, unto the craftiness of leading astray,1 Footnote: 15:6, also 2 Cor. 10:5, 2 Cor. 11:3-14, Gal. 1:6-9, 2 Tim. 3:1-8, 2 Tim. 4:2-4, 2 Peter 2:2-22, Jud. vv. 10-19. 15 but, maintaining the truth in love, we grow up in all respects into Him who is the head, Messiah, 16 from whom the entire body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the working by which each part does its share, causes growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.
Whether you are the baby toe or the hair that grows inside the ear, whether you are the brain or the anus, whether you are the eye or the hand, you all have a part to play in the body of Yeshua. If your part is little and you do nothing with it, what you have will be taken away from you. If use it properly more will be given to you. It is that simple. But the purpose is not to gain more gifts or talents to lord it over others, the whole purpose of each of our gifts is to build up the entire body of Yeshua which is joined together.
I have been using those gifts I have discovered to teach you. I graduated from high school with a 51% average in English. The Holy Spirit has done something here. What is your gift? Are you telling others the best way you can about what is coming, the curses before the Messiah comes? Are you warning others with what ever you have? Are you helping others who are? You can do so by copying these News Letters and sending them to the groups you know about. You can order the Prophecies of Abraham and give it to others or teach it in your bible study groups. You can teach the commandments to your children and grand children. There is much you can do but you need to get going and start to do something. Ask Yahovah to show you what it is that you need to be doing, then get to it.
The third part to Mathew 25 is 31 “And when the Son of Ad?am comes in His esteem, and all the set-apart messengers with Him, then He shall sit on the throne of His esteem. 32 “And all the nations shall be gathered before Him, and He shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates his sheep from the goats. 33 “And He shall set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. 34 “Then the Sovereign shall say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the reign prepared for you from the foundation of the world – 35 for I was hungry and you gave Me food, I was thirsty and you gave Me drink, I was a stranger and you took Me in, 36 was naked and you clothed Me, I was sick and you visited Me, I was in prison and you came to Me.’ 37 “Then the righteous shall answer Him, saying, ‘Master, when did we see You hungry and we fed You, or thirsty and gave You to drink? 38 ‘And when did we see You a stranger and took You in, or naked and clothed You? 39 ‘And when did we see You sick, or in prison, and we came to You?’ 40 “And the Sovereign shall answer and say to them, ‘Truly, I say to you, in so far as you did it to one of the least of these My brothers, you did it to Me.’ 41 “He shall then also say to those on the left hand, ‘Go away from Me, accursed ones, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his messengers – 42 for I was hungry and you gave Me no food, I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink, 43 ‘I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, was naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’ 44 “Then they also shall answer Him, saying, ‘Master, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not serve You?’ 45 “Then He shall answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, in so far as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ 46 “And these shall go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into everlasting life.”
What is the food the drink and clothing Yeshua is talking about? What is the prison and who are the sick that He is speaking of?
Deuteronomy 8: 1 “Guard to do every command which I command you today, that you might live, and shall increase, and go in, and shall possess the land of which ???? swore to your fathers. 2 “And you shall remember that ???? your Elohim led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you, prove you, to know what is in your heart, whether you guard His commands or not. 3 “And He humbled you, and let you suffer hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, to make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but by every Word that comes from the mouth of ????1. Footnote: 1Messiah quotes this in Mt. 4:4 and in Lk. 4:4.
We will let Yeshua Himself explain the teaching of the bread to you in John 6:32 Therefore ????? said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, Mosheh did not give you the bread out of the heaven, but My Father gives you the true bread out of the heaven. 33 “For the bread of Elohim is He who comes down out of the heaven and gives life to the world.” 34 So they said to Him, “Master, give us this bread always.” 35 And ????? said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall not get hungry at all, and he who believes in Me shall not get thirsty at all. 36 “But I said to you that you have seen Me, and still do not believe. 37 “All that the Father gives Me shall come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I shall by no means cast out. 38 “Because I have come down out of the heaven, not to do My own desire, but the desire of Him who sent Me. 39 “This is the desire of the Father who sent Me, that all He has given Me I should not lose of it, but should raise it in the last day. 40 “And this is the desire of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him should possess everlasting life. And I shall raise him up in the last day.” 41 Therefore the Yehud?im were grumbling against Him, because He said, “I am the bread which came down out of the heaven.” 42 And they said, “Is not this ?????, the son of Yos?ph, whose father and mother we know? How is it then that He says, ‘I have come down out of the heaven’?” 43 Then ????? answered and said to them, “Do not grumble with one another. 44 “No one is able to come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him. And I shall raise him up in the last day. 45 “It has been written in the prophets, ‘And they shall all be taught by ????.’ Everyone, then, who has heard from the Father, and learned, comes to Me. 46 “Not that anyone has seen the Father, except He who is from Elohim – He has seen the Father. 47 “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me possesses everlasting life. 48 “I am the bread of life. 49 “Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness and they died. 50 “This is the bread which comes down out of the heaven, so that anyone might eat of it, and not die. 51 “I am the living bread which came down out of the heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he shall live forever. And indeed, the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.” 52 The Yehud?im, therefore, were striving with one another, saying, “How is this One able to give us His flesh to eat?” 53 ????? therefore said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Ad?am and drink His blood, you possess no life in yourselves. 54 “He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood possesses everlasting life, and I shall raise him up in the last day. 55 “For My flesh is truly food, and My blood is truly drink. 56 “He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood stays in Me, and I in him. 57 “As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who feeds on Me shall live because of Me. 58 “This is the bread which came down out of the heaven, not as your fathers ate the manna and died. He who eats this bread shall live forever.” 59 He said this in a congregation, teaching in Kephar Nah?um. 60 Therefore many of His taught ones having heard, said, “This word is hard, who is able to hear it?” 61 But ????? knowing within Himself that His taught ones were grumbling about this, said to them, “Does this make you stumble? 62 “What if you see the Son of Ad?am going up where He was before? 63 “It is the Spirit that gives life, the flesh does not profit at all. The words that I speak to you are Spirit and are life.1 Footnote: 1See v. 68, and 1 Cor. 15:45. Word and Spirit are in unity. 64 “But there are some of you who do not believe.” For ????? knew from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who would deliver Him up. 65 And He said, “Because of this I have said to you that no one is able to come to Me unless it has been given to him by My Father.” 66 From then on many of His taught ones withdrew and were not walking with Him any more. 67 ????? therefore said to the twelve, “Do you also wish to go away?”
Back in Mathew 25 we are told . 33 “And He shall set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. 34 “Then the Sovereign shall say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the reign prepared for you from the foundation of the world – 35 for I was hungry and you gave Me food,
The food that we are to give although it can be actual food or bread, in truth it is the food as explained in Deuteronomy 8 know that man does not live by bread alone, but by every Word that comes from the mouth of ????
It is the Torah we are to give to those who hunger for the truth. Mathew 5: 6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,1 because they shall be filled. Footnote: 1Isa. 55:1-2, Mt. 4:4, John 6:48-51
Torah study is counted amongst the 613 mitzvot (“[Biblical] commandments”), finding its source in the verse (Deuteronomy 6:7): “And you shall teach it to your children,” upon which the Talmud comments that “Study is necessary in order to teach.” The importance of study is attested to in another Talmudic discussion (Kiddushin 40b) about which is preferred: study or action. The answer there, a seeming compromise, is “study that leads to action.”
Again in John 7 at the Eighth day Feast after Sukkot: 37 And on the last day, the great day of the festival, ????? stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me, and let him who believes in Me drink. 38 “As the Scripture said, out of His innermost shall flow rivers of living water.”1 Footnote: 1Isa. 44:3, Jer. 2:13, Jer. 17:13, Zech. 14:8, Ps. 36:8,9, Prov.14:27, John 4:10, John 6:63, 1 Cor. 10:4, Rev. 7:17, Rev. 21:6, Rev. 22:1 & 17. 39 And this He said concerning the Spirit, which those believing in Him were about to receive, for the Set-apart Spirit was not yet given,1 because ????? was not yet esteemed. Footnote: 1Ezek. 36:26-27, Joel 2:28-32, Acts 1:4-8, Acts 2:4 & 33, Acts 10:44-47, Acts 11:15-16, Eph. 5:18.
You have now been told that the Torah is the bread of life and the Holy Spirit is the living waters that are to flow from each of us.
Yeshua also said I was a stranger and you took Me in, 36 was naked and you clothed Me, I was sick and you visited Me, I was in prison and you came to Me.
Who are the strangers that He is referring too?
Exodus 12:49 One law shall be for the native-born and for the stranger who dwells among you.”
Leviticus 24:22 You shall have the same law for the stranger and for one from your own country; for I am Yahovah your Elohim.’ ”
Numbers 15:16 One law and one custom shall be for you and for the stranger who dwells with you.’
Numbers 15:29 You shall have one law for him who sins unintentionally, for him who is native-born among the children of Israel and for the stranger who dwells among them.
Deuteronomy 31:12 Gather the people together, men and women and little ones, and the stranger who is within your gates, that they may hear and that they may learn to fear Yahovah your Elohim and carefully observe all the words of this law,
The Stranger is anyone who is not a native born Israelite and is in fact all the rest of the world. Over the past few weeks we have read about the hospitality of Abraham and Lot and how we too are to treat strangers with respect and kindness as we are told in
Exodus 22:21″You shall neither mistreat a stranger nor oppress him, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.
Exodus 23:9 Also you shall not oppress a stranger, for you know the heart of a stranger, because you were strangers in the land of Egypt.
How did we clothe them is the next question.
When you teach Torah to the nations you are teaching them the commandments. Psalm 119:172 tells you that all the commandments are righteousness.
By keeping the commandments you put on righteousness. It is this righteousness that we are to be clothed in.
Job 29:14 I put on righteousness, and it clothed me; My justice was like a robe and a turban.
Psalms 132:9 Let Your priests be clothed with righteousness, And let Your saints shout for joy.
Isaiah 61:10 I will greatly rejoice in Yahovah, My soul shall be joyful in Yahovah; For He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, As a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
In Mathew 22: 1 And ????? responded and spoke to them again by parables and said, 2 “The reign of the heavens is like a man, a sovereign, who made a wedding feast for his son, 3 and sent out his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding feast. But they would not come. 4 “Again he sent out other servants, saying, ‘Say to those who are invited, “See, I have prepared my dinner. My oxen and fattened cattle are slaughtered, and all is ready. Come to the wedding feast.” ’ 5 “But they disregarded it and went their way – this one to his field, that one to his trade. 6 “And the rest, having seized his servants, insulted and killed them. 7 “But when the sovereign heard, he was wroth, and sent out his soldiers, destroyed those murderers, and set their city on fire. 8 “Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding feast, indeed, is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy. 9 ‘Therefore go into the street corners, and as many as you find, invite to the wedding feast.’ 10 “And those servants went out into the street corners and gathered all whom they found, both wicked and good. And the wedding hall was filled with guests. 11 “And when the sovereign came in to view the guests, he saw there a man who had not put on a wedding garment, 12 and he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you come in here not having a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless. 13 “Then the sovereign said to the servants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, take him away, and throw him out into the outer darkness – there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ 14 “For many are called, but few are chosen.”1 Footnote:1See 20:16.
You being amongst the virgins with the Holy Spirit must put on this righteousness and it must clothe you in order for you to be able to stay at the wedding. You must be doing the commandments as a way of life before the groom arrives. You cannot wake up and at the last minute pretend to be holy. You cannot fake it. It must be who you are. You must already be living it as a way of life.
We are told that we are to look after the sick, but who are they? We learn the answer in Mathew 9: 9 And as ????? passed on from there, He saw a man called Mattithyahu sitting at the tax office. And He said to him, “Follow Me.” And he rose and followed Him. 10 And it came to be, as ????? sat at the table in the house, that see, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat down with Him and His taught ones. 11 And when the Pharisees saw it, they said to His taught ones, “Why does your Teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” 12 And ????? hearing this, said to them, “Those who are strong have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 13 “But go and learn what this means, ‘I desire compassion and not offering.’ For I did not come to call the righteous to repentance, but sinners.”
The sick are they that are caught up in sin today and are desperate to hear the truth of the Torah. That will only happen when you take it to them or as part of the body you help them work that are teaching others.
And who are those in prison.
Isaiah 61: 1 The Spirit of the Master ???? is upon Me, because ???? has anointed Me to bring good news to the meek. He has sent Me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim release to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound, 2 to proclaim the acceptable year of ????, and the day of vengeance of our Elohim, to comfort all who mourn,
The sick and in prison.
Ephesians 4: 7 But to each one of us favour was given according to the measure of the gift of Messiah. 8 That is why it says, “When He went up on high, He led captivity captive, and gave gifts to men.”
Romans 6: 16 Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves servants for obedience, you are servants of the one whom you obey, whether of sin to death, or of obedience to righteousness? 17 But thanks to Elohim that you were servants of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of teaching to which you were entrusted. 18 And having been set free from sin, you became servants of righteousness. 19 I speak as a man, because of the weakness of your flesh. For even as you did present your members as servants of uncleanness, and of lawlessness resulting in lawlessness, so now present your members as servants of righteousness resulting in set-apartness. 20 For when you were servants of sin, you were free from righteousness. 21 What fruit, therefore, were you having then, over which you are now ashamed? For the end thereof is death. 22 But now, having been set free from sin, and having become servants of Elohim, you have your fruit resulting in set-apartness, and the end, everlasting life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the favourable gift of Elohim is everlasting life in Messiah ????? our Master.
It is sin that imprisons each and every one of us. Sometimes that sin leads us to death where we remain captives of Satan. It was Yeshua who after His crucifixion went down to that prison to bring some of the captives with Him up to Heaven as the first fruits offering during Passover. You can read more about this in Pentecost Hidden Meaning
Those who are imprisoned are those who like the sick are caught up in the sins of this world and do not know how to get out. This is why you must teach the Torah to all who will listen. You can do it by sharing the things you now know. You can use the teachings from this site and others you have learned from to do this.
Mathew 28: 18 And ????? came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 “Therefore, go and make taught ones of all the nations, immersing them in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Set-apart Spirit, 20 teaching them to guard all that I have commanded you. And see, I am with you always, until the end of the age.” Am?n.
Go and teach people to keep the commandments and to do them. By doing this you will be clothing them in righteousness, and feeding them the bread of life, and giving them the Holy Spirit of living waters. You will take them out of the sickbeds they are now in and out of the prison which sin captures them into.
Mathew 25:45 “Then He shall answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, in so far as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ 46 “And these shall go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into everlasting life.”
This is when Yeshua will say in Mathew 7:23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’
But this will not be said to you if you teach them to keep the commandments and you also do them.
The 613 Mitzvot
We are also going to continue to study the 613 laws of Torah which we can read at http://www.jewfaq.org/613.htm
We are doing 7 laws each week and this week we shall study laws 128-134. We also have commentary, with editing from me, again from http://theownersmanual.net/The_Owners_Manual_02_The_Law_of_Love.Torah
128 To rest on Shavu’ot (Lev. 23:21) (CCA28). See Shavu’ot.
Rest on Shavuot. “You shall proclaim on the same day [The Feast of Weeks] that it is a holy convocation to you. You shall do no customary work on it. It shall be a statute forever in all your dwellings throughout your generations.” (Leviticus 23:21) Five of the seven miqrym are designated as special Sabbaths, days upon which no customary work is to be done. This begs the question: what’s different about Passover and the Feast of Firstfruits—miqrym that are not designated as Sabbaths? As it turns out, these are the only two whose symbolic fulfillment was accomplished by Yeshua alone, without any participation on the part of His believers. Passover represents His death, and Firstfruits prophesies His presentation before Yahweh after His resurrection—events we can only thankfully acknowledge, but in which we had no part whatsoever to play. The other five all imply some contribution, some involvement, by the Faithful.
The Feast of Unleavened Bread symbolizes the removal of sin from our lives. The Feast of Weeks marks the indwelling of the Holy Spirit within us. The Feast of Trumpets heralds our coming of our Savior. The Day of Atonement speaks of the remorse and repentance of God’s people and the locking away of Satan. And finally, the Feast of Tabernacles foreshadows the wedding of Israel to the Yeshua. So whether in an active or passive role, we as believers are participants in each of these five miqrym.
129 Not to do work on the Shavu’ot (Lev. 23:21) (CCN149). See Shavu’ot.
(129)Do not work on Shavuot.
“You shall proclaim on the same day [The Feast of Weeks] that it is a holy convocation to you. You shall do no customary work on it. It shall be a statute forever in all your dwellings throughout your generations.” (Leviticus 23:21) This of course is merely the converse of #128 above. The command is to refrain, on the day of this holy convocation, from doing the work you’d ordinarily do. In the previous mitzvah we explored the “why.” Perhaps we should take a moment to look at the “who.” In whose dwellings will it be a “statute forever,” and whose “generations” are in view? It’s crystal clear in context. Four times in Leviticus 23 we see this formula: “Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying, ‘Speak to the children of Israel….’” These festivals are to be observed by the children of Israel. It is to Abraham’s progeny alone that Yahweh entrusted the signs of his redemption. When He told Abram, “In you all the families of the earth shall be blessed,” (Genesis 12:3) He was speaking of more than the coming of the Messiah. He was also referring to the signs heralding His great work—the seven miqrym, and at some level, the entire “Law of Moses.”
130 To rest on Feast of Trumpets (Lev. 23:24) (CCA29). See Yom Teruah
(130)Rest on Feast of Trumpets. “In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a sabbath-rest, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation.” (Leviticus 23:24) First, be aware that the Feast of Trumpets is not Rosh Hashanah—the head of the year. That’s a convention the rabbis obsequiously borrowed from their Babylonian captors. Yahweh, however, had specifically designated the first day of Nisan—in the spring, two weeks before Passover—as the Hebrews’ “New Year’s Day.” The Feast of Trumpets is in Tishri, the seventh month; it is the first of the “fall feasts.” Second, notice that this is the first miqra in the series that has not yet been fulfilled. In a nutshell, the first four feasts were fulfilled in the death, burial, resurrection, and Spiritual indwelling of Yeshua the Messiah. The Feast of Trumpets would logically signal the next crucial phase in God’s plan of redemption, and we don’t have to look too far to find it. Paul writes: “We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed—in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” (I Corinthians 15:51-52) “The Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.” (I Thessalonians 4:16-17)
The word translated “blowing” in the Leviticus passage quoted above is teruah, which means “alarm, blowing (as of trumpets), joy, a loud noise, rejoicing, shouting, a sounding.” (S) If we look at the words associated with this event Paul is describing (“last trumpet… sound… shout… voice… trumpet of God”), we are confronted with a perfect match.
131 Not to do work on Yom Teruah (Lev. 23:25) (CCN150). See Yom Teruah.
(131)Do not work on Feast of Trumpets. “You shall do no customary work on [the Feast of Trumpets]; and you shall offer an offering made by fire to Yahweh.” (Leviticus 23:25) Here’s the negative permutation of the affirmative mitzvah we saw in #130. The one unique thing about this miqra is the blowing of the ram’s horn “trumpet,” or shofar.
As long as we’re here in verse 25, let’s look at that last bit: “You shall offer an offering made by fire to Yahweh.” Fire in Scripture is invariably a metaphor for judgment. Here fire is intimately associated with the Sabbath rest of the Feast. Could Yahweh be telling us that our exodus from this corrupt world will lead to its judgment (like Lot’s departure from Sodom did)? Or is this just a coincidence? I’ll let you be the judge on that one.
132 To hear the sound of the shofar on Feast of Trumpets(Num. 29:1) (CCA30). See Feast of Trumpets.
(132)Hear the sound of the shofar on Rosh Hashanah. “In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a holy convocation. You shall do no customary work. For you it is a day of blowing the trumpets.” (Numbers 29:1) Since Yahweh didn’t actually say why they were to blow the trumpets, the Jews came up with some fanciful myths of their own. First, it was a call to remembrance and repentance, for the day was the first of the ten “days of awe” that culminated in Yom Kippur, or the Day of Atonement, which we’ll see in a moment. Second, it was to remind Israel of their covenant relationship with Yahweh. And third, this was supposed to be the one day of the year when Satan came before God to accuse Israel, so the Jews blew the shofar to confuse the devil. It’s not working, people. This last tradition led to the day being known as Yom Hakeseh, or the “Hidden Day,” for (the story went) if you never said when the Feast of Trumpets was coming, then Satan wouldn’t know. (If only he were that stupid.) So they’d say, tongue in cheek, “No one knows but God.” This goes a long way toward explaining Yeshua’s enigmatic statement about not knowing the time of His return for His own people, recorded in Matthew 24:36. He was, in a backhanded way, informing us that He intended to gather His believers on some future Feast of Trumpets. He didn’t say what year.
133 To fast on Yom Kippur (Lev. 23:27) (CCA32). See Yom Kippur.
(133)Fast on Yom Kippur. “Also the tenth day of this seventh month shall be the Day of Atonement. It shall be a holy convocation for you; you shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire to Yahweh.” (Leviticus 23:27) Whereas most of the miqrym of Yahweh call for rejoicing and feasting, this one is different. It calls for affliction of the soul, introspection, mourning—a somber response to the realization of one’s guilt. Why this is will become apparent shortly. I must note that fasting and “affliction” are not the same thing. This, sadly, is one more instance of rabbinical meddling designed to “get them off the hook” with God—performing the letter of their law while willfully ignoring the true intention of Yahweh. In point of fact, fasting is never specifically commanded on the Day of Atonement, although if true “affliction of soul” is taking place, fasting could well be a manifestation of that attitude. But anybody, in any frame of mind, can fast for a day if they want to.
The key is the word “afflict.” ‘Anah is “a verb indicating to be afflicted, to be oppressed, to be humbled. It means to bow down, to humble oneself.” (B&C) Only twice in Scripture it is shown to be accompanied by fasting of any kind (Ezra 8:21, to punctuate a spirit of supplication as the Israelites began their return journey from Babylon to Jerusalem, and Daniel 10:3 (sort of), where Daniel mourned for three weeks, eating only bread and water as he awaited clarification concerning a troubling vision). Neither instance is connected in any way to the Day of Atonement.
But there is another ‘anah in Hebrew whose meaning is so different it has been assigned an entirely different reference number (though it’s spelled identically). This verb means “to answer, to respond, to reply, to testify.” It also means “to sing, to shout, to howl. It is used of singing joyously to the Lord and in praise of His Law, or in a riotous, uncontrolled way. It is used of a victory song or crying out in victory. It is used figuratively of a rested Israel singing again.” (B&C) I find it fascinating that both meanings of the word (or should I say, all of them) fit the scenario scripture paints of the definitive Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur.
And what is this significant future event to which Yom Kippur points? All of the previous five miqrym (as we have seen) are linked to fulfillments of key milestones in Yahweh’s plan of redemption, in chronological order. This one extends the pattern. The climactic moment is prophesied by Zechariah: “And I [Yahweh] will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn. In that day there shall be a great mourning in Jerusalem, like the mourning at Hadad Rimmon in the plain of Megiddo. And the land shall mourn, every family by itself…. And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which faces Jerusalem on the east. And the Mount of Olives shall be split in two, from east to west, making a very large valley; Half of the mountain shall move toward the north, and half of it toward the south.” (Zechariah 12:10-12, 14:4) Yes, it’s the appearance of Yeshua the King, returning in glory, that will cause those who had witnessed their miraculous national deliverance to “afflict their souls.” Will there be fasting? I wouldn’t doubt it. Who could keep anything down? But after the shock and remorse sink in, the reality of their deliverance will emerge in their response, their answer, their joyous testimony. And before the day is through, they’ll be singing and shouting in reply to their Messiah’s inevitable victory. The ‘anah of their nephesh (souls) will be the order of the day.
134 Not to eat or drink on Yom Kippur (Lev. 23:29) (CCN152). See Yom Kippur.
(134)Do not eat or drink on Yom Kippur. “For any person who is not afflicted in soul on that same day shall be cut off from his people.” (Leviticus 23:29) We’ve already established that Yahweh never actually said anything about fasting on Yom Kippur. But we need to pay close attention to the penalty for not being “‘anah.” If, on the day of the ultimate Day of Atonement, anyone looks upon the returning King and is not awed by His presence, afflicted and humbled, if he does not respond, answer and shout joyfully, then he shall surely be “cut off.” This is no idle threat, by the way. The prophetic timeline places this last Yom Kippur within a couple of days of the Battle of Armageddon—a battle (if you can call it that) in which no enemies of Christ will survive.