News Letter 5850-052
29th day of the 12th month 5850 years after the creation of Adam
The 12th Month in the Fifth year of the Third Sabbatical Cycle
The Third Sabbatical Cycle of the 119th Jubilee Cycle
The Sabbatical Cycle of Earthquakes, Famines and Pestilence
March 21, 2015
Shabbat Shalom Brethren and Shanah Tova to each one of you.
This News Letter is the very last one of this year of 5850. At Sunset tonight after Sabbath the moon is expected to be sighted. The Barley has been declared Aviv which means it will be ripe by the time of the wave Sheaf offering during Passover this year.
This means it is Rosh Hashanah!
The word “rosh” is the Hebrew word for head, “ha” is the word for ‘the’ – the definite article, and “shanah” means year. Thus “Rosh HaShanah” means ‘head of the year’.
The catch-all greeting you can use for the entire season is “Shanah tovah” (hbgf hnc), which means “Good year.”
At Sunset today will begin the 1st day of the 1st month of the 5851st year since the creation of Adam. We have shown you how you can know what year we are in, in our book Remembering the Sabbatical Year of 2016 and The Prophecies of Abraham.
You can also get all three of our books at Amazon.
Here is Nehemiah’s report. From Sunday March 15th
Today (Mar 15, 2015) we found Aviv barley in the northern Negev at three locations: Gamah Junction, Tel Gamah, and Mishmar HaNegev. The 2-row wild Aviv barley in the photo is from Gamah Junction. The barley at the first two locations was wild Aviv barley. The barley at the third location was 6-row domesticated Aviv barley.
And Roy Hoffman of the New Moon Society also reported on March 5 about the Barley. This is huge surprise. Mr. Hoffman is researching the sighting of the moon for the Temple institute. He is the one we have shown in video along with Rabbi Richman watching for the crescent moon. They know the moon begins the month and now they are learning to look for the barley. Awesome. Mr. Hoffman reports;
I checked the barley in Ma’ale Adummim yesterday (5th March 2015). Some of it was already with soft wet kernels, about a week before aviv. So it is likely that the barley in the Jordan valley is already aviv.
You now have just two week to remove the rest of the leaven in your homes before Passover.
I have now completed the freezer and the basement. I have done the upstairs and downstairs. Behind the fridge and stove and under them. I have done all the air vents.
I still have to do the car and truck and at work. Also the lunch bag and the kitchen, and toaster.
Set out the last of the challah bread to bake and eat. I have my unleavened Bread bought on on the shelve.
I am sharing this so you can be reminded of the things you need to do. I do this as my wife does not keep it. So I do the whole house each year. I do not just talk about it and think about my personal sins. Although I do consider them. It is my belief that the way you go about de-leavening shows Yehovah how you will root out sin in your life. So I set an example to me for myself.
Aviv Barley Found | Hebrew year to begin with new moon on March 21, 2015
On March 15, 2015 we headed out for a preliminary Aviv Search. We ended up finding Aviv barley at five locations, three in the Northern Negev (Tel Gamah, Gamah Junction, Mishmar Ha-Negev) and two in the Jordan Valley (Tel Malkoach and Nachal Talkid). The barley at Mishmar Ha-Negev was 6-row domesticated Aviv barley. All the rest was 2-row wild Aviv barley. The photo at the top of this message is of 2-row wild Aviv barley at Gamah Junction in the Northern Negev. More photos of Aviv barley at the other four locations are posted at:
This means the next new moon expected (barring clouds) on March 21, 2015 will mark the beginning of the Hebrew year. Assuming the moon is sighted on March 21, the Feast of Unleavened Bread will run from sunset on April 4 until sunset April 11, 2015. Shavuot will fall out sunset May 23 until sunset May 24, 2015.
Happy New Year!
The Aviv Hunting Jew in Jerusalem
For Passover this year I will be speaking to our French Brethren in Switzerland. It will be a French speaking group. If you know of people or you’re in the area then here is the information about the meeting. Look forward to meeting you there.
For further info please contact “René Müller” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
QUAND ? Du vendredi 3 avril à 13h au dimanche 5 avril 2015 jusqu’à 16h OÙ ? A la salle communale, Grand-Rue 3, 1345 Le Lieu à la Vallée de Joux COMMENT ? Nous voulons vivre cette fête de Pâques de façon participative par chacun sur tous les plans (lectures et partages bibliques, questions, discussions, animations, nourritures partagées, jeux, danse, louange et adoration etc…), prenez donc vos instruments, jeux, etc….
Monsieur Joseph DUMOND, juif messianique venant du CANADA, a une bonne connaissance des fêtes bibliques, chercheur hors du commun sur l’origine et les racines du christianisme : Il répondra à nos interrogations (partage interactif sous forme de questions-réponses et non sous forme d’enseignement) Voyez son site www.sightedmoon.com
FRAIS ? Couvrir le déplacement et dédommagement pour cet invité hors pair : Pratiquement, la somme de 40.- Fr est demandée à chaque participant (enfants gratuits jusqu’à 18 ans) pour couvrir les frais de M. Joseph DUMOND (vol estimé à 1500.- Fr ainsi que 1300.- Fr. pour 1 semaine de disponibilité (70 lits x 40.- Fr = 2800.- Fr)
LOGEMENT : est gracieusement offert (3 dortoirs) De la place pour des camping-cars est disponible. Merci de vous annoncer !
DANS QUEL BUT ? Nous désirons vivre 3 jours, tous ensembles dans le partage autour de La Parole de Dieu, la communion fraternelle, le repos et le ressourcement, où chacun contribue au bon fonctionnement et au déroulement harmonieux de cet événement.
Be forewarned I am going on a rant.
As I go about week after week sharing all I can about the Sabbatical years and how to prove them and also how they reveal end time prophecy, I am constantly confronted by those people sitting on the fence. And if not the one sitting on the fence then by those in the stands.
There are those who get involved and actually do the work. They are the ones who have studied and practiced and put in the time to learn the trade and then gone out and got the job done.
Many a time those on the fence are critiquing and criticizing those doing the work. How poor a job they have done and how they are much better at it then they are. Gossiping amongst themselves as they all ride the top rail where it is safe and out of harms way.
There are those who actually do get in the ring. They are willing to risk all and get in the fight and get the job done. Sometimes they fail. Sometime they get badly hurt. Much of the time they have little to no help as they struggle to overcome the obstacles they battle against. All the time being ridiculed and jeered by those riding the safety of the top rail and those in the crowd who just watch.
There are tares amongst us. They look just like us. Those sitting on the top rail of the fence look just like those in the ring.
They speak just like us. They can quote the scriptures the same as us. But they never do anything except debate and accuse and straddle the fence on the top rail.
Yehshua warned us you would know them by their fruits. Do they talk the talk and get drunk each day or each week? What works are they doing in their lives, yet they condemn you for speaking up and sharing the Torah.
Mat 7:15 Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
16 You shall know them by their fruits.
Do men gather grapes from thorns, or figs from thistles? 17 Even so every good tree brings forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree brings forth evil fruit. 18A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruits, nor can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bring forth good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
20 Therefore by their fruits you shall know them.
Where are the fruits of their works.
Each and every week those of us promoting the Sabbatical and Jubilee years are ridiculed for doing so. Those in the ring actually doing the work as commanded by Yehshua to get out there and speak up.
Mat 28:18 Then Jesus came up and told them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore, as you go, disciple people
in all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them
to obey everything that I’ve commanded you.
And remember, I am with you each and every day until the end of the age.”
You are being told to teach the Sabbatical and Jubilee Years in all Nations, The Holy Days as well. But do you? Have you sided with the tares on the top rail.
Psa 69:7 I am being mocked because of you. Dishonor overwhelms me. 8I am a stranger to my brothers, a foreigner to my mother’s sons.
9 Zeal for your house consumes me, and the mockeries of those who insult you fall on me.
Psa 69:10 I weep and fast, and I am mocked for it. 11 When I dressed in sackcloth, I became an object of gossip among them. 12 The prominent people mock me, composing drinking songs.
Yes they drink and laugh and make fun of your works. Yet you know the truth and must march on.
Psa 119:137 TZADDI: You are righteous, O Jehovah, and Your judgments are right. 138In Your testimonies You have commanded righteousness and faithfulness exceedingly.
139 My zeal has eaten me up, because my enemies have forgotten Your Words.
Psa 119:140 Your Word is very pure; therefore Your servant loves it. 141 I am small and despised; yet I do not forget Your Commandments. 142 Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and Your Law is the truth. 143 Trouble and anguish have taken hold on me; yet Your Commandments are my delight. 144 The righteousness of Your testimonies is everlasting; give me understanding, and I shall live.
Many of those I talk to want to believe in Rabbi Cahn because he is Jewish and has stated the Sabbatical year is 2014-2015. He quotes the very same thing I did in my video from the Prophecy Club, but I went back 300 years. He has two years that indicate something. He does not state out right when a Shmita is yet thousand and thousands are flocking to his teaching on it. What proof does he provide? What scriptures does he share with you to prove his position? Does 2014-2015 match up with the over 20 biblical and historical proof’s we have provided on our web site?
NO his teaching does not match any of those in history. NOT ONE! Yet thousands buy his book and tell others about it.
The tares say they do not like me because of the many things I have said. So they throw out the baby with the bath water.
Joh 6:64 But there are some of you who do not believe. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who is the one betraying Him. 65 And He said, Because of this I said to you that no one can come to Me unless it was given to him from My Father. 66 From this time many of His disciples went back into the things behind, and walked no more with Him. 67 Then Jesus said to the Twelve, Do you also wish to go away?
Today hundreds on the email list have dropped off. And those on face book do not read nor share the books or DVDs or teachings. Twitter also seems to be of no help in reaching out to the world..
The book titled the 2300 Days of Hell is too offensive for them. Yet the word hell is found throughout the bible.
Let’s go on a side note for all you self righteous puritans. Your bible is real and down to earth. The people in it are human. Those speaking swore and the translators have covered it up to protect your delicate ears. Each and every so called swear word can be found in your bible. Go and read the article and understand.
I have been removed from speaking at certain venues because I say damn and hell. Hypocrites. If that is not the reason then it is because I follow the crescent moon or that they perceive that I am a Karaite, or they say I do not believe in Yehshua or they call me a cult or a Judaizer.
When I point out that they say they love Jesus but do not keep the commandments they call me arrogant and rude and mean spirited, but they will not listen to the scripture where Yehshua calls them liars for not keeping the commandments.
1Jn 2:3 And by this we know that we have known Him, if we keep His commandments. 4 He who says, I have known Him, and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
The tares sit on the top rail and rally others to them and then they share their slanderous gossip. And those who listen enhance them by believing them.
A man went about the community telling malicious lies about the rabbi. Later, he realized the wrong he had done, and began to feel remorse. He went to the rabbi and begged his forgiveness, saying he would do anything he could to make amends. The rabbi told the man, “Take a feather pillow, cut it open, and scatter the feathers to the winds.” The man thought this was a strange request, but it was a simple enough task, and he did it gladly. When he returned to tell the rabbi that he had done it, the rabbi said, “Now, go and gather the feathers. Because you can no more make amends for the damage your words have done than you can recollect the feathers.”
We are in the 6th year of this 3rd Sabbatical Cycle. This is the final year to teach people about the coming Sabbatical year. They only have this one year to learn it and then prepare for it. My book Remembering the Sabbatical year of 2016 which is packed with proof after proof should be flying off the shelves. Those of you who are not tares but workers in His vineyard should be showing people these truths. But the fact is the book is not flying off the shelf. It is slowly going out each month.
The DVDs should have been sold out and back-ordered due to the demand for these last days prophecies being fulfilled in front of our eyes. But they too have slowed down to a crawl.
Eze 33:6 But if the watchman sees the sword coming, and does not blow the trumpet and the people are not warned; if the sword comes and takes any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity. But I will require his blood at the watchman’s hand. 7And you, son of man, I have set you a watchman to the house of Israel. Therefore you shall hear the Word from My mouth, and warn them from Me.
While you sit on the top rail prophecy is marching on or should I say racing forward. Yet many of you are gossiping and railing on those doing the work. What are you going to say to Yehovah when you stand before Him and He asks you why you did not warn anyone?
It is time to stop attacking those speaking out. It is time to join them and help them to get that message out to the world. The Time is now as we begin this New 6th year of this Sabbatical cycle to race into the coming events flat out doing His work warning the world to keep the Sabbath and to show their love for Yehshua by keeping the Holy Days and Sabbatical years.
Some are excited for a year. And then they wear out and withdraw and become silent once again. You are commanded to endure. It is a long battle and a long race. You must endure until the end. It does not say you can coast in. Renew that zeal you once had.
TIme is almost up. The 4th curse of Lev 26 is about to begin in the 4th Sabbatical cycle, which begins exactly two years from this day in 2017. What are you going to do?
Lev 26:24 then I will walk contrary to you and will punish you seven times more for your sins. 25 And I will bring a sword on you that shall execute the vengeance of the covenant. And when you are gathered inside your cities, I will send the plague among you. And you shall be delivered into the hand of the enemy. 26 When I have broken the staff of your bread, ten women shall bake your bread in one oven, and they shall deliver you your bread again by weight. And you shall eat and not be satisfied. 27 And if you will not for all of this listen to Me, but will walk contrary to Me, 28 then I will walk contrary to you also in fury. And I, even I, will chastise you seven times for your sins. 29 And you shall eat the flesh of your sons, and the flesh of your daughters you shall eat. 30 And I will destroy your high places and cut down your images, and throw your carcasses on the carcasses of your idols, and My soul shall despise you. 31 And I will make your cities waste and cause your sanctuaries to be deserted. And I will not smell the savor of your sweet odors. 32 And I will turn the land into wasteland. And your enemies who dwell in it shall be astonished at it. 33 And I will scatter you among the nations, and will draw out a sword after you. And your land shall be waste, and your cities waste. 34 Then shall the land enjoy its sabbaths, as long as it lies waste, and you are in your enemies’ land; then shall the land rest and enjoy its sabbaths. 35 As long as it lies waste it shall rest, because it did not rest in your sabbaths when you lived on it. 36 And on those of you that are left I will send a faintness into their hearts in the lands of their enemies. And the sound of a driven leaf shall chase them, and they shall flee as if fleeing from a sword. And they shall fall when none pursues. 37 And they shall fall on one another, as if it were before a sword, when none pursues. And you shall have no power to stand before your enemies. 38 And you shall perish among the nations, and the land of your enemies shall eat you up. 39 And they that are left of you shall putrefy in their iniquity in the lands of your enemies. And also they shall putrefy with them in the iniquities of their fathers.
There are many ways you can get involved. You can share the Sabbatical years teachings with your home fellowship. Keep doing it until they kick you out. You can have them watch the videos which are free on line. You can tell your family and loved ones. You can teach this on your social media every day and on twitter. You can do many things, the question is will you. Or have you found your place on the top rail or in the front pew. Are you comfortable where you are now?
I leave you with this last scripture. Yehovah is going to make you very very uncomfortable very soon. But He is going to protect those who are His. Those who have His mark on them. Those who keep all of His Sabbaths. The weekly Saturday Sabbath from sunset Friday to Sunset Saturday, the Holy Days of Lev 23 and not adding to them and the Sabbatical years. But will you keep them and will you help to warn others?
Eze 20:4 Will you judge them, son of man, will you judge them? Cause them to know the abominations of their fathers. 5And say to them, So says the Lord Jehovah: In the day that I chose Israel, and lifted up My hand to the seed of the house of Jacob, and made Myself known to them in the land of Egypt; when I lifted up My hand to them, saying, I am Jehovah your God; 6in the day that I lifted up My hand to them, to bring them out from the land of Egypt into a land that I had searched out for them, flowing with milk and honey, which is the glory of all lands; 7then I said to them, Let each man throw away the abominations of his eyes, and do not defile yourselves with the idols of Egypt. I am Jehovah your God.
Eze 20:8 But they rebelled against Me and would not listen to Me. They did not each man throw away the abominations of their eyes, nor did they forsake the idols of Egypt. And I said, I will pour out My fury against them to fulfill My anger against them in the midst of the land of Egypt. 9But I worked for My name’s sake, that it should not be profaned before the nations among whom they were, for I made Myself known to them in their eyes, by bringing them out of the land of Egypt. 10 And I caused them to go out from the land of Egypt, and brought them into the wilderness. 11And I gave them My statutes and showed them My judgments, which if a man do, he shall even live in them.
12 And also I gave them My sabbaths to be a sign between Me and them, that they might know that I am Jehovah who sets them apart.
Eze 20:13 But the house of Israel rebelled against Me in the wilderness; they did not walk in My statutes, and they despised My judgments, which if a man does, he shall even live in them. And they greatly profaned My sabbaths. And I said, I will pour out My fury on them in the wilderness to destroy them. 14 But I worked for My name’s sake, so that it should not be profaned before the nations in whose sight I brought them out. 15And also I lifted up My hand to them in the wilderness, that I would not bring them into the land which I had given them, flowing with milk and honey; it is the glory of all lands;
16 because they despised My judgments and walked not in My sabbaths; and they profaned My sabbaths; for their heart went after their idols.
Eze 20:17 But My eye spared them from destroying them, nor did I make an end of them in the wilderness. 18 But I said to their sons in the wilderness, Do not walk in the statutes of your fathers, nor observe their judgments, nor defile yourselves with their idols. 19I am Jehovah your God. Walk in My statutes, and keep My judgments, and do them,
20 and keep My sabbaths holy; and they shall be a sign between Me and you, that you may know that I am Jehovah your God.
Eze 20:21 But the sons rebelled against Me. They did not walk in My statutes, nor kept My judgments to do them; the judgments which, if a man do, he shall even live in them; they profaned My sabbaths and I said I would pour out My fury on them, to fulfill My anger against them in the wilderness. 22 But I withdrew My hand and worked for My name’s sake, that it should not be profaned in the eyes of the nations, from whom I brought them out in their eyes. 23 I also lifted up My hand to them in the wilderness, that I would scatter them among the nations and scatter them through the lands,
24 because they had not done My judgments, but had despised My sabbaths and had profaned My sabbaths, and their eyes were after their fathers’ idols.
Eze 20:25 Also I gave them statutes not good, and judgments by which they should not live. 26And I defiled them in their own gifts, in that they caused all that open the womb to pass through the fire, that I might waste them, to the end that they might know that I am Jehovah. 27 Therefore, son of man, speak to the house of Israel and say to them, So says the Lord Jehovah: Yet in this your fathers have blasphemed Me, in that they have committed a sin against Me. 28When I had brought them into the land for which I lifted up My hand to give it to them, then they saw every high hill, and all the thick trees, and they offered their sacrifices there. And there they offered their provoking gifts. There also they made their sweet aroma, and poured out their drink offerings there. 29And I said to them, What is the high place to which you go? And the name of it is called High Place to this day. 30 Therefore say to the house of Israel, So says the Lord Jehovah: Are you defiled in the same way as your fathers? And do you go whoring after their abominations? 31For when you offer your gifts, when you make your sons to pass through the fire, you defile yourselves with all your idols, even to this day. And shall I be inquired of by you, O house of Israel? As I Live, says the Lord Jehovah, I will not be inquired of by you. 32 And what comes up on your spirit shall not happen at all, that you say, We will be like the nations, like the families of the countries, to serve wood and stone. 33 As I live, says the Lord Jehovah, surely with a mighty hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with fury poured out, I will reign over you.
34 And I will bring you out from the people, and I will gather you out of the lands in which you are scattered among them, with a mighty hand and with a stretched out arm and with fury poured out.
Eze 20:35 And I will bring you into the wilderness of the people, and there I will enter into judgment with you face to face. 36Just as I entered into judgment with your fathers in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so I will enter into judgment with you, says the Lord Jehovah.
37 And I will cause you to pass under the rod, and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant.
38 And I will purge out from among you the rebels and those who sin against Me. I will bring them out from the land where they reside, and they shall not enter into the land of Israel. And you shall know that I am Jehovah.
Yehovah is about to purge us by having us pass under the ROD of Assyria. But the rebellious ones will not make it into the Kingdom. You must keep the Sabbatical year in 2016 or you will be amongst the rebellious ones.
“Where are we in Prophecy on the News”
Rev 9:13 And the sixth angel sounded his trumpet. And I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar before God,14 saying to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, Loose the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates. 15 And the four angels were loosed, who were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, in order to slay the third part of men. 16 And the number of the armies of the horsemen was two myriads of myriads. And I heard their number. 17 And so I saw the horses in the vision, and those sitting on them, having breastplates of fire, even dusky red and brimstone. And the heads of the horses were like the heads of lions. And out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone. 18 By these three the third part of men was killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone which issued out of their mouths. 19 For their authority is in their mouth and in their tails. For their tails were like serpents with heads, and with them they do harm. 20 And the rest of the men who were not killed by these plagues still did not repent of the works of their hands, that they should not worship demons, and golden, and silver, and bronze, and stone, and wooden idols (which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk). 21 And they did not repent of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.
Rev 16:12 And the sixth angel poured out his vial on the great river Euphrates. And its water was dried up, so that the way of the kings from the rising of the sun might be prepared. 13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. 14 For they are spirits of demons, working miracles, which go forth to the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that day, the great day of God Almighty. 15 Behold, I am coming as a thief. Blessed is the one who watches and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked and they see his shame. 16 And he gathered them into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.
Look at who the top nations in the world are who are improving their armies and updating their weaponry.
Russia and China are becoming great allies. China moved has grown to become the third greatest importer of Armaments. Russia supplying them. India and Pakistan are also in the top ten along with Saudi.
Russia also working with India.
Germany uniting Europe to create European Army in light of Ukraine.
Russia pulls out of Post cold war arms treaty.
We see the 200, Million man army being built up in the East. With Russia supplying China and India. All three of them together could create this huge army in no time flat.
And the USA and the UK at the same time are downsizing their military.
The Drums of war can be heard in the distance. The 4th Sabbatical cycle is the Sabbatical cycle of war. It begins in 2017. Do you know who the enemy is? Where does he come from? Are you aware Yehovah is sending this enemy to destroy you because you will not obey Him? Yes He is the raising up the Islamic forces now in the Middle East. They are more righteous than the 12 tribes of ISrael.
You need to wake up and see what is about to come. Learn who that ancient enemy is that will utterly destroy all the earth and break it in pieces. We just mentioned that Assyria is the ROD Yehovah will use to punish His people again today as He has done throughout history. Have you watched our teaching on it? Aviv 2017 is now just two years away. We are approaching the middle of this 70th Jubilee Cycle of Daniel 9 and the 120th one since Adam. The middle point of this 70th week is 2020. Just 5 1/2 years from now. Are you ready?
This weeks summary of world events sent shivers down my back, arms and neck. We are racing to the end of this age flat out and the world is asleep. Even some of you.
Just take a moment and look at what is going on and then lets compare that to the bible and what it says.
And this week we also learned that ISIS has used a chemical attack against the Peshmerga fighters in that area. So they will use whatever they have at their disposal.
Lets read Zechariah.
Zec 5:2 And he said to me, What do you see? And I answered, I see a flying scroll; its length is twenty cubits, and its width ten cubits. 3 And he said to me, This is the curse that goes forth over the face of the whole earth; for from now on everyone who steals shall be cut off according to it; and everyone who swears from now on shall be cut off according to it. 4 I will bring it forth, says Jehovah of Hosts; and it shall enter into the house of the thief, and into the house of him who swears falsely by My name. And it shall remain in the midst of his house, and shall devour it, and its timber and its stones. 5 Then the angel who talked with me went forth and said to me, Now lift up your eyes and see what this is that goes forth. 6 And I said, What is it? And he said, This is the ephah that goes forth. And he said, This is their form in all the earth. 7 And behold, a lead cover was lifted up, and a woman was sitting in the middle of the ephah. 8 And he said, This is wickedness. And he cast it into the midst of the ephah. And he cast the lead stone over its opening. 9 And I lifted up my eyes and looked, and behold, two women came out. And the wind was in their wings; for they had wings like the wings of a stork. And they lifted up the ephah between the earth and the heavens. 10 And I said to the angel who talked with me, Where are they going with the ephah? 11 And he said to me, To build a house for it in the land of Shinar; and it shall be established and set there on its own base.
The word for women is the same for fire in Hebrew. The Evil Woman in a lead box is a Nuclear fire which is contained in a lead box. The Flying scroll is a rocket and the two women pushing it are two rocket engines. The land of Shinar is the land currently held by ISIS.
And Iran is quickly building its Nuclear capabilities and Pakistan already has them. Both Islamic nations. You’re about to read that Saudi Arbia is now seeking them as well.
I urge you to take the time to read each link I have provided below and see for yourself just how far along in prophecy we are running.
USA Rebel forces in Syria wiped out. Now what? They were taken out by the same man who is now heading up the Iran backed militia against ISIS in Iraq.
Iran the king of the South is strengthening their grip on the Middle East. This is actually an incredible report about the changing power structure in the Middle East.
Because the USA is being so naive and ignorant of world events and working secretly with Iran on this nuclear deal others are becoming concerned. Saudi Arabia for one. And they are seeking Nuclear armaments themselves and are not talking to the USA about it.
The USA helps to take down Egypt’s Mubarak and then back the Muslim Brotherhood only to see them taken out by the New General over Egypt. And now the USA is playing games with him as Egypt has to battle Al Qaeda forces in the Sinai and ISIS forces in Libya.
IS forces moved into Libya after the USA again took out another strongman leader of Gaddafi. The USA also took out Saddam Hussein in IRaq and tehy also tried to remove the leader of Syria, Bashan. Each of these removals of strongmen has led to the current mess we are in now.
Boko Haram of Nigeria has also now joined forces with ISIS offering them a gateway to West Africa. And the talk now in Somalia is whether or not Al Shabaab will also join up with this Caliphate.
We have the whole of North Africa moving towards an armed and forced Terrorism upon itself and leaguing themselves with ISIS. And we have Iran fighting against them for supremacy and domination in the area. Saudi not trusting the USA and seeking their own Nuclear facilities. This mess is getting worse and reaching out to other nations every day.
And do not forget the threat ISIS has made about bombing Rome.
All of this done to help usher in the Mahdi, the 12th one.
We also have the goat & the ram of Daniel 8 growing their horns. The Goat of Europe and the Ram of Persia. Read this prophecy and Daniel now.
Dan 8:3 Then I lifted up my eyes, and looked. And behold, a ram with two horns stood before the canal having two horns, and the two horns were high, but one was higher than the other, and the higher came up last. 4 I saw the ram pushing westward and northward and southward; so that no beasts could stand before him, nor any that could deliver out of his hand. But he did according to his will, and became great. 5 And as I was watching, behold, a he-goat came from the west, over the face of the all earth, and did not touch the ground. And the he goat had an outstanding horn between his eyes. 6 And he came to the ram that had two horns, which I had seen standing before the river, and ran to him in the fury of his power. 7 And I saw him come close beside the ram, and he was moved with anger against him, and struck the ram and shattered his two horns. And there was no power in the ram to stand before him. But he threw him down to the ground and stamped on him. And none could deliver the ram out of his hand. 8 Then the he-goat became very great. And when he was strong, the great horn was broken. And in its place came up four outstanding ones towards the four winds of the heavens. 9 And out of one of them came forth a little horn, which became very great, toward the south and toward the east and toward the bountiful land. 10 And it became great, even to the host of heaven. And it made fall some of the host and of the stars to the ground, and trampled them. 11 Yea, he magnified himself, even to the ruler of the host, and the daily sacrifice was taken away by him, and the place of his sanctuary was cast down. 12 And an army was given to him against the daily sacrifice because of transgression, and it cast the truth to the ground. And it worked and succeeded. 13 Then I heard a certain holy one speaking, and another holy one said to that one who spoke, Until when shall the vision last, concerning the daily sacrifice and the transgression that astounds, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trampled? 14 And he said to me, For two thousand, three hundred evenings and mornings. Then the sanctuary shall be vindicated.
The two horns of the Ram are Shia Iran and Sunni ISIS. ISIS Is the one that came second. If ISIS does attack Rome with a Nuclear device then for sure Europe the Goat will attack them quickly and utterly destroy them. And out of that come 4 more rulers and one of these is the Anti Christ if I understand this correctly. And this one makes war on the Saints for 2300 Days.
I cannot urge you enough to read the book The 2300 Days of Hell.
We also have just two years until the Sabbatical cycle of war begins in 2017. And we have just 5 years until we are in the middle of this 70th Jubilee cycle of Daniel 9:24-27.
The middle of this Jubilee Cycle 2020 is when the 2300 Days or 6 1/4 years begins.
We are so close. Are you going to keep the Sabbatical year in 2016-2017? Are you going to take care of the widows this year of 2015-2016?
HAve you bothered to study the Sabbatical year teachings and prove them?
Time is about up. What are you waiting for?
“ERIKTOLOGY – ALEPH/BEYT”
Last week we gave you a cryptic introduction. Some of you got it and other did not. This week you should be able to figure it out.
Cxet j according to Eric is made up of the big and little dipper combined together. It is the gate of the Mishkan curtain with only one door or one way in. And after watching these two teachings you may begin to understand why I spoke of those who are riding the top rail of the fence. You need to be inside the curtain. You need to get in and have on the white robes of righteousness.
The little dipper or the little sheepfold represents those who were raised up at the first Wave Sheaf during the Days of Unleavened Bread. The big Dipper of the larger Sheepfold represents those who will be raised up at Shavuot at the end of the Great Tribulation. And we all want to be a part of this resurrection. We explain this teaching in our 8th Day Video.
This Cxet j or curtain to the Mishkan is made up of the two dippers and held together by the w. If you want to be in the Mishkan and a part of the treasure of His Kingdom, you must be keeping the Commandments, including the Sabbatical year coming up in 2016. It is in these constellations that the Dabar, the Bee, the words, His words, His Aleph Tav ta are to be found. We need to desire xpj His words, His Aleph Tav. If you miss the mark with your arrow xj you have sinned.
“ANCIENT HEBREW RESEARCH – Jeff Benner”
Triennial Torah Reading
We continue this weekend with our regular Triennial Torah Reading
Ex 34 Jeremiah 1-2 Prov 6 Acts 4
Covenant Relationship Renewed and a “Shining Example” (Exodus 34)
Since Moses had broken the tablets of the Ten Commandments that God had given him previously, God instructs him to carve out of stone two more tablets so that God could again write His commandments, the basis of the covenant relationship between Him and His people. This was an act of tremendous mercy on the part of God, who, despite the Israelite’s’ terrible disobedience, was willing to renew His covenant relationship with them.
God then passes before Moses, showing him part of His glory. As He does, He proclaims the glory of His character—focusing on His tremendous mercy and graciousness, the very thing that enables the covenant relationship to be renewed (verses 5-7). Yet He still warns that sin has consequences (verse 7). Upon hearing this, Moses is quick to again seek God’s merciful pardon of the people’s sins, also asking again that God would “go among” them (verse 9).
God’s response? He renews the covenant relationship. And He begins this renewal with the wonderful announcement that He will do an “awesome thing” in driving out the inhabitants of Canaan from before the people (verses 10-12). The Israelite’s were to make no treaties with the Canaanites, to prevent their being corrupted by pagan customs and ideas. They were certainly not to adopt pagan worship practices.
God considered His relationship to Israel to be one of marriage (Jeremiah 3:1-14). For the Israelite’s to “play the harlot” with pagan gods (Exodus 34:15-16)—to worship them or adopt their religious rites—was thus a kind of marital infidelity and spiritual adultery. But the phrase also had a direct literal application, as sexual rites with temple prostitutes, both male and female, was a major part of the disgusting and debasing pagan religions of the land the Israelite’s were to enter. Here, as with God’s reaction to the golden calf incident in chapter 32, we see that pagan religious practices are abominable and utterly unacceptable to Him—something we should consider whenever we examine the origins of today’s popular religious traditions and customs (be sure to read our eye-opening booklet Holidays or Holy Days: Does It Matter Which Days We Keep?). Notice that God also warns in this context that intermarriage with those outside the true faith is a dangerous path that can lead to compromising His truth.
God then goes on to repeat some of the terms of the covenant that He gave in chapters 21-23. Exodus 34:26 repeats the prohibition from 23:19 about boiling a young goat in its mother’s milk. Regarding the earlier verse, The Jerome Biblical Commentary states: “The legislation in 19b (and in Dt 14:21) puzzled commentators for centuries; however, the discovery and publication of the Ras Shamra literature (UM [Cyrus H. Gordon, Ugaritic Manual, 1955] 52:14, “Birth of the Gods”) have eliminated this conundrum. It is now clear that this practice was a cultist one among the Canaanite neighbors of the Hebrews. Hence, the Israelite’s were to refrain from it, lest they also adopt some of the Canaanite cultist inferences.” Referring to the same verse, Matthew Henry’s Commentary states: “At the feast of in-gathering, as it is called (v. 16), they [the Israelite’s] must give God thanks for the harvest-mercies they had received, and must depend upon him for the next harvest, and must not think to receive benefit by that superstitious usage of some of the Gentiles, who, it is said, at the end of their harvest, seethed a kid in its dam’s milk, and sprinkled that milk-pottage, in a magical way, upon their gardens and fields, to make them more fruitful next year. But Israel must abhor such foolish customs.”
As we are to avoid customs that originated in pagan worship, it would still seem prudent to refrain from intentionally boiling a young goat in its own mother’s milk. Yet, on the basis of the restriction in question, Orthodox Jews will not eat meat and dairy products together at all. In fact, these foods must be prepared in different places with different utensils in order to be considered “kosher” by them. The Jews see a general principle in these verses—that what was given to nourish life (milk) not be used to destroy it. However, this was clearly not God’s intent.
Abraham, who kept God’s statutes and laws (Genesis 26:5), had Sarah prepare meat and milk products together to serve to God (the reincarnate Messiah) and two angels: “So [Abraham] took butter and milk and the calf which he had prepared, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree as they ate” (Genesis 18:8). Thus, even God Himself, while manifested in physical form, ate milk and meat together. Yet some Jews, while admitting the restriction is a narrow one, will argue against eating meat and dairy products together on the basis that there might be a chance, however remote, that a particular milk product was derived from the mother of the animal being eaten. But if we applied remote possibilities to our diet in general, we could never eat anything, for fear that a molecule of something unclean had somehow gotten onto it. This is certainly not what God had in mind.
After being in the presence of God this time, Moses came down from the mountain with his face shining—a muted reflection of the glory that had shone upon him while in God’s presence. It appears that this happened each time Moses met with God hereafter. Moses would then appear before the people—and they would know he had come from God because his face was shining. Then, as Paul later explained, he would put on a veil to conceal the fading of this temporary glory (2 Corinthians 3:7, 13). We may view Moses’ shining face as typical of the glory of God’s character as it is reflected in us. In seeing it, others will know that we represent God and have been close to Him. As time passes between our contacts with Him, our spiritual power and focus wanes, as does our example—something we don’t want reflected. Then we go to God for renewal and are ready to let our light shine before others once again.
Introduction to the Book of Jeremiah
The Old Testament mentions nine different people named Jeremiah. The man God used to author this book was a priest and one of Israel’s greatest prophets. Because of several biographical narratives in the book of Jeremiah, more is known about Jeremiah than any other prophet.
The Hebrew name Jeremiah apparently means “Exalted of the Eternal” or “Appointed by the Eternal.” It may relate to the fact that the prophet was one of only a few people whom the Bible reveals to have been sanctified by God before birth for a special purpose—the others being John the Baptist, Yeshua Messiah and the apostle Paul (Luke 1:13-14; Isaiah 49:1, 5; Galatians 1:15). Jeremiah 1:5 may mean that, like John and Yeshua, Jeremiah was chosen even before his conception for his commission.
Jeremiah’s father Hilkiah (1:1) was apparently not the high priest Hilkiah of 2 Kings 22:8. The priests who lived at the priest-city of Anathoth (about 3 miles northeast of Jerusalem) were of the house of Ithamar (compare 1 Kings 2:26) while the high priests, since Zadok, were of the line of Eleazar.
Jeremiah’s ministry began in the 13th year of Josiah (Jeremiah 1:2)—ca. 627 or 626 B.C.—when Zephaniah is also believed to have preached. The book bearing Jeremiah’s name relates his words and works during the reigns of the last five kings of Judah—a span of about 40 years—and on into the first years of Judah’s Babylonian captivity (verses 1-3). Josiah was a righteous ruler who was apparently close to Jeremiah—the king’s great reformation coming five years after Jeremiah’s preaching began. Upon Josiah’s death, Jeremiah lamented for him (2 Chronicles 35:25). But the mostly superficial benefits of Josiah’s reforms were soon replaced by moral and spiritual decay. Following him were four wicked rulers—Jehoahaz, Jehoiakim, Jehoiachin and, finally, Zedekiah, whose reign was ended by Babylon’s invasion of Judah.
“According to the traditional date, the time of [Jeremiah’s] call (year 13 of Josiah’s reign—Jeremiah 1:2) coincided approximately with the death of the last great Assyrian ruler, Ashurbanipal, an event which signaled the disintegration of the Assyrian empire under whose yoke Judah had served for nearly a century. Against the waning power and influence of the Assyrians, Judah asserted its independence under Josiah” (International Standard Bible Encyclopedia,”Jeremiah, Book of”). This was no doubt assisted by the arrival of the Scythians, which soon followed. But following their eventual withdrawal, Judah found itself in a vulnerable position between two powers contending for dominance—Egypt and the Neo-Babylonian Empire—and the latter would emerge supreme.
Jeremiah was appointed “a prophet to the nations” (verse 5)—to “all the kingdoms of the world” (25:26). And chapters 46-51 are directed to various gentile nations. However, “nations” would seem to refer primarily to the people of Judah and Israel. His preaching was, of course, in large measure directed to the people of Judah where he lived. But Jeremiah also prophesied to the house of Israel—which God had punished and sent into captivity nearly a century before he began preaching. Obviously, then, God’s message is for Israel of the end time. Jeremiah wrote of a time of national trouble that is yet ahead for the modern descendants of the lost 10 tribes of Israel. A number of passages in Jeremiah clearly refer to events that will occur just before and after Messiah’s return at the end of this age.
One of the greatest values of this book is its universal application in understanding the righteous nature of God and the rebellious nature of man, desperately in need of transformation. According to The Expositor’s Bible Commentary, “Jeremiah preached more about repentance than any other prophet” (introductory notes on Jeremiah). For a time, Jeremiah’s message was for the people of his day to repent or else be taken captive by Babylon. Yet, because the response was resentment rather than repentance, God revealed to Jeremiah that Jerusalem’s fall and the people’s captivity had become the inevitable punishment. Following that revelation, Jeremiah continued to exhort the people to repent, but he also preached that God’s will was for them to submit to Babylon—with assurance that, if they did, they would receive mercy. However the populace, especially the authorities, viewed this message as pessimistic, heretical, unpatriotic and even treasonous. As a result, Jeremiah repeatedly suffered rejection, hostility, ridicule, persecution, and threats against his life. For a while he was actually imprisoned.
Besides this book that bears his name, Jeremiah is also credited with writing the book of Lamentations—a term that has become almost synonymous with the prophet. Indeed, much of the book of Jeremiah can be described as a lament about the people’s lack of obedience to God and the tragic fate awaiting them. Based on the prophet, the English language contains the word “jeremiad,” defined as “an elaborate and prolonged lamentation or a tale of woe” (American Heritage Dictionary, 1969). That should not be surprising. The Jeremiah of popular imagination is a stern and gloomy doomsayer. But that is an extreme and unfair characterization of the prophet. His messages, which were critical of the people’s conduct and warned of punishment, were not his own inventions. Rather, he was conveying God’s messages. Moreover, these messages included the wonderful promise of mercy and deliverance if the people would repent. And Jeremiah 1:10 clearly reveals that his commission was to include positive and negative—constructive and destructive—elements. His book also contains joyous prophecies of the coming Messiah, a new covenant and a blissful new age to come.
Part of the unfair portrayal of Jeremiah’s personality is the picture of a chronically depressed person. Yet while he did suffer frequent melancholy, this was a reflection of the great stress and sacrifices of his life, not of inherent weakness. A prophet’s lonely life of being the bearer of bad news was a heavy and depressing burden to bear, especially for one so deeply concerned and tenderhearted as Jeremiah. He felt anger and disgust at the apostasy and idolatry of the people, but he grieved as well, knowing the ominous fate awaiting his beloved countrymen. Added to that, he felt perplexed and humiliated when many years were passing and his prophecies were not materializing.
Jeremiah is sometimes called the “weeping prophet” (see 9:1, 10; 13:17; 48:32), but mourning for others over their wickedness and future suffering is a spiritual strength, not a weakness (Ezekiel 9:4; 21:6; Amos 6:6; Matthew 5:4). Other strengths of Jeremiah were his faith in God, devotion to prayer, faithfulness in fulfilling his calling, and unflinching courage in the face of hostility and danger. Jeremiah’s life has parallels with the life of Messiah, who was a “Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief” (Isaiah 53:3; Matthew 16:14).
Eventually, Jeremiah will see his prophecies of the immediate future come to pass. Following the righteous reign of Josiah, a period of national decline will end with Judah’s fall to the Babylonians. But the prophet’s work does not end with that calamity, as we will see.
Of all the prophetic books, Jeremiah is the longest. It “is longer than Isaiah or Ezekiel, and the Minor Prophets combined are about a third shorter. The claim has been made that it is the longest book in the Bible” (Expositor’s). It is also the most complex of the prophetic books. It is not arranged chronologically or topically. That may partly be because Jeremiah was mainly a preacher rather than a writer, who later dictated events and messages after the fact. (Jeremiah dictated much of the book to his secretary Baruch.) As it is, “the organization of the oracles, prose sermons, and other material is based on content, audience, and connective links” (Nelson Study Bible, introductory notes on Jeremiah). The Bible Reading Program will not cover the chapters in the biblical order, but will rather put the sections in the apparent chronological order to follow the story flow of Jeremiah’s life—placing his messages in that context.
Jeremiah’s Calling and Commission (Jeremiah 1)
When God called and commissioned Jeremiah, he was modest and reluctant, citing his youth as a handicap to speaking from experience and with authority. The Bible Reader’s Companion states, “He was called by God as a na’ar (1:6), a youth some 16 to 18 years old” (note on verse 6). However, youthfulness is relative and his age was not important, since his safety and success was dependent on God, not on himself (verses 7-8, 17-19). Indeed, this would have provided evidence of God’s direction and inspiration—as well as serving as a point of shame for the nation’s elders who had been failing in their responsibilities. The king on the throne now was young too—and he would lead the nation in wonderful reforms.
Jeremiah’s young age at his calling should also serve as an inspiration for any young person reading God’s Word who understands the truth and is stirred with a strong conviction to act on what he or she knows. God calls and works with young people too.
In verse 10 God gives Jeremiah a mysterious commission: “See, today I appoint you over nations and over kingdoms, to pluck up and to pull down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant” (New Revised Standard Version). “The words root out, pull down, destroy, throw down, build, and plant are repeated at key points in the Book of Jeremiah to reaffirm Jeremiah’s call (18:7; 24:6; 31:28; 42:10; 45:4)” (Nelson Study Bible, note on verse 10). Based on Jeremiah’s life hereafter, it is easy to ascertain what God meant by plucking up, pulling down, destroying and overthrowing. This great prophet repeatedly warned the Jews to repent of their disobedience—but they scorned him. So God used him to pronounce judgment on the nation: the people and the kings of David’s line would be overthrown in the Babylonian conquest and uprooted—to Babylon.
But the latter part of the prophet’s commission yet remained: “to build and to plant.” What did this involve? From Jeremiah 45:4 we can see that building and planting in this context originally entailed God’s planting His people in the land and building a kingdom of them there—now to be pulled up and destroyed. So the commission would seem to involve planting people in another place in order to establish a kingdom elsewhere. We will examine this question further toward the end of the book.
God here gives the sign of an almond tree, “which blossoms when other trees are still dormant…. as a harbinger of spring, as though it ‘watched over’ the beginning of the season. In a similar fashion, God was ‘watching over’ His word, ready to bring judgment on Israel” (note on 1:11-12). Jeremiah also saw a boiling pot tilted southward, “indicating the direction in which the pot’s contents would be spilled. The calamity suggested by this vision was an enemy attack on Judah and Jerusalem from the north. In 20:4, Jeremiah finally identifies this enemy as Babylon. Babylon was itself east of Jerusalem, but the road went around the desert and approached from the north” (note on verses 13-14). Interestingly, the enemy to the northeast when Jeremiah started prophesying was still Assyria. But that would soon change. Indeed, the book of Jeremiah refers to Babylon 164 times, more references than in all the rest of the Bible. Jeremiah foretold that Babylon, the destroyer of Judah, would herself be destroyed by the Medes and Persians, never to rise again. Some of the prophecies in this regard are dual, referring also to the rise and fall of the end-time political, economic and religious system called Babylon—located to the northwest of Judah (thus still north)—while some prophecies refer exclusively to the end time.
Preaching God’s message brought Jeremiah a great deal of suffering, but God emphatically charged him, “Do not be afraid of their [intimidating] faces” (1:8, 17)—as He, the Almighty Deliverer, would provide impregnable defense (1:18-19). We too can take encouragement from these words as we carry out the commission God has given His Assembly to preach His true gospel to the end of the age (see Matthew 28:19-20).
“Broken Cisterns” (Jeremiah 2)
Jeremiah was to “go and cry in the hearing of Jerusalem,” yet his message was about all Israel (Jeremiah 2:1-3). And then God’s message was to go to the “house of Jacob and all the families of the house of Israel” (verse 4). Yet remember that the northern kingdom of Israel had been taken into captivity a century earlier. Still, we do know that, around three years after Jeremiah’s ministry began, a small percentage of Israelites actually returned to the land for a short period—that is, the Scythians who overran the region. Thus, it is likely that Jeremiah’s message was intended in some measure for Jews and Israelites of His day. But notice again that the message was for “all the families of the house of Israel.” Because the Israelites were scattered throughout the Assyrian Empire at the time Jeremiah prophesied, with many near the Black and Caspian Seas, we may safely assume that his message was never delivered to them in that age.
Since God would not deliver a message to people who could never hear it, these prophecies must then be dual, directed more to the descendants of Israel in the latter days, particularly since the descriptions in this chapter and much of the book certainly fit our American and British societies and much of the world today. (In the book of Jeremiah, “Israel” is named almost as much as “Judah.” And “Jerusalem”—ancient capital of all 12 tribes—sometimes clearly refers more to Israel than to Judah.)
The Israelites have a short memory, soon forgetting the source of past and present blessings (verses 7, 32), and quickly turning to myriad forms of idolatry. “Those who handle the law” (verse 8) have turned from the true God and His law to false gods! Whereas most cultures cling to their traditions and gods, Israel, chosen by God to receive the true religion (the only way that brings true reward!), has been quick to forsake God and to do so “for what does not profit” (verse 11). These are the “two evils” here—forsaking God and substituting false gods (verse 13). “God, the fountain of living waters, offered a limitless supply of fresh, life-giving sustenance. Instead the people chose broken cisterns, which were useless for storing water and useless for sustaining life” (The Nelson Study Bible, note on verse 13). God proclaims a dire penalty for rejecting Him, “the fountain of living waters,” in Jeremiah 17:13.
As He often does, God colorfully portrays the utter stupidity of making gods of wood and stone, but Israel and Judah make as many dumb deities as the number of cities in Judah (2:27-28). “See if they can save you in the time of your trouble!” God taunts (compare verse 28). Today, our peoples still trust in worthless and inanimate things to save us—such as our weapons of war and our money. And some still serve actual idols, seeing power in crosses, statues of Mary, good luck charms, etc. And then there is a wrong trust in other people, directly condemned elsewhere in Jeremiah (17:5).
Verses 14-16 of chapter 2 show that though God had freed Israel from slavery, the nation subjected itself to vassalage and subsequent plunder and slavery by the Assyrians after making a failed deal with the Egyptians (Noph and Tahpanhes, also known as Memphis and Daphne, were principal cities in northern Egypt). In verse 18, Sihor, meaning “Black,” is a reference to the Nile River, while “the River” associated with Assyria is the Euphrates. Judah is here basically warned, “Why trust in Egypt or Assyria when they cannot save?” This should serve as a warning to us now. For modern Israelites often make the mistake of putting more trust in alliances than in Almighty God (compare verses 36-37).
Jeremiah repeatedly portrays Israel and Judah as an unfaithful wife who has both deserted her loving, generous husband and also committed adultery, “playing the harlot,” with multiple lovers—false gods and national allies (verse 20). She takes steps to “wash” herself (verse 22)—efforts to feel and appear righteous. But it is her heart that needs washing—her thoughts purified (compare 4:14). And only through true repentance, God’s forgiveness and God’s power can one be truly spiritually cleansed. Israel is adulterous not just by being seduced, but by actively enticing partners like a female animal in heat (verses 23-25).
Worse, not only has Israel not received correction, but God rebukes the people: “Your sword has devoured your prophets like a destroying lion” (verse 30). Sadly, Israel and Judah have always rejected God’s true servants—even subjecting them to martyrdom. While that is not happening right now, times are prophesied to get much worse. God also says, “On your skirts is found the blood of the lives of the poor innocents” (verse 34). Today there is little difference. The most innocent are the children. Few children now are sacrificed to fire, but many are murdered, many more unborn children are slaughtered, and society is so twisted, corrupt and degenerate that nearly all children are set on a path of life that leads to death.
Because obedience to God’s absolute laws brings automatic blessings, and disobedience brings automatic penalties, He tells Israel, “You’ve brought this on yourself” (compare verse 17) and “Your own wickedness will correct you” (verse 19). While a national warning, it is incumbent upon each of us individually to respond. If we are living contrary to God’s way, that will eventually catch up with us. Indeed, that is surely producing consequences already. Let us all, then, turn to God now and remain loyal—and avoid the suffering sin brings.
In this chapter we have a caution against rash debt, rebuke to slothfulness, the character and fate of a malicious mischievous man, an account of seven things which God hates, an exhortation to make the word of God familiar to us, and a repeated warning of the pernicious consequences of the sin of whoredom.
It is the excellency of the word of God that it teaches us not only divine wisdom, but human prudence for this world, that we may order our affairs with discretion; and this is one good rule, To avoid debt, because by it poverty and ruin are often brought into families, which take away that comfort in relations which he had recommended in the foregoing chapter.
We must look upon debt as a snare and decline it accordingly, “It is dangerous enough for a man to be bound for his friend, though it be one whose circumstances he is well acquainted with, and well assured of his sufficiency, but much more to strike the hands with a stranger, to become surety for one whom thou dost not know to be either able or honest.’’ Or the stranger here with whom the hand is stricken is the creditor, “the usurer to whom thou art become bound, and yet as to thee he is a stranger, that is, thou owest him nothing, nor hast had any dealings with him. If thou hast rashly entered into such engagements, either wheedled into them or in hopes to have the same kindness done for thee another time, know that thou art snared with the words of thy mouth; it was easily done, with a word’s speaking; it was but setting thy hand to a paper, a bond is soon sealed and delivered, and a recognizance entered into.
But it will not be so easily got clear of; thou art in a snare more than thou art aware of.’’ See how little reason we have to make light of tongue-sins; if by a word of our mouth we may become indebted to men, and lie open to their actions, by the words of our mouth we may become obnoxious to God’s justice, and even so may be snared. It is false that words are but wind: they are often snares. If we have been drawn into this snare, it will be our wisdom by all means, with all speed, to get out of it. It sleeps for the present; we hear nothing of it. The debt is not demanded; the principal says, “Never fear, we will take care of it.’’ But still the bond is in force, interest is running on, the creditor may come upon thee when he will and perhaps may be hasty and severe, the principal may prove either knavish or insolvent, and then thou must rob thy wife and children, and ruin thy family, to pay that which thou didst neither nor drink for.
And therefore deliver thyself; rest not till either the creditor give up the bond or the principal give thee counter-security; when thou art come into the hand of thy friend, and he has advantage against thee, it is no time to threaten or give ill language (that will provoke and make ill worse), but humble thyself, beg and pray to be discharged, go down on thy knees to him, and give him all the fair words thou canst; engage thy friends to speak for thee; leave no stone unturned till thou hast agreed with thy adversary and compromised the matter, so that thy bond may not come against thee or thine. This is a care which may well break thy sleep, and let it do so till thou hast got through. “Give not sleep to thy eyes till thou hast delivered thyself. Strive and struggle to the utmost, and hasten with all speed, as a roe or a bird delivers herself out of this snare of the fowler or hunter. Delays are dangerous, and feeble efforts will not serve.’’ See what care God, in his word, has taken to make men good husbands of their estates, and to teach them prudence in the management of them.
Solomon, in these verses, addresses himself to the sluggard who loves his ease, lives in idleness, minds no business, sticks to nothing, brings nothing to pass, and in a particular manner is careless in the business of religion. Slothfulness is as sure a way to poverty, though not so short a way, as rash debt. He speaks here to the sluggard by way of instruction. He sends him to school, for sluggards must be schooled. He is to take him to school himself, for, if the scholar will take no pains, the master must take the more; the sluggard is not willing to come to school to him (dreaming scholars will never love wakeful teachers) and therefore he has found him out another school, as low as he can desire.
Observe,1. The master he is sent to school to: Go to the ant, to the bee, so the Septuagint. Man is taught more than the beasts of the earth, and made wiser that the fowls of heaven, and yet is so degenerated that he may learn wisdom from the meanest insects and be shamed by them. When we observe the wonderful sagacities of the inferior creatures we must not only give glory to the God of nature, who has made them thus strangely, but receive instruction to ourselves; by spiritualizing common things, we may make the things of God both easy and ready to us, and converse with them daily.
- The application of mind that is required in order to learn of this master: Consider her ways. The sluggard is so because he does not consider; nor shall we ever learn to any purpose, either by the word or the works of God, unless we set ourselves to consider. Particularly, if we would imitate others in that which is good, we must consider their ways, diligently observe what they do, that we may do likewise
- The lesson that is to be learned. In general, learn wisdom, consider, and be wise; that is the thing we are to aim at in all our learning, not only to be knowing, but to be wise. In particular, learn to provide meat in summer; that is, We must prepare for hereafter, and not mind the present time only, not eat up all, and lay up nothing, but in gathering time treasure up for a spending time. Thus provident we must be in our worldly affairs, not with an anxious care, but with a prudent foresight; lay in for winter, for straits and wants that may happen, and for old age; much more in the affairs of our souls.
- The advantages which we have of learning this lesson above what the ant has, which will aggravate our slothfulness and neglect if we idle away our time. She has no guides, overseers, and rulers, but does it of herself, following the instinct of nature; the more shame for us who do not in like manner follow the dictates of our own reason and conscience, though besides them we have parents, masters, ministers, magistrates, to put us in mind of our duty, to check us for the neglect of it, to quicken us to it, to direct us in it, and to call us to an account about it. The greater helps we have for working out our salvation the more inexcusable shall we be if we neglect it.
Solomon here gives us the characters of one that is mischievous to man and dangerous to be dealt with. If the slothful are to be condemned, that do nothing, much more those that do ill, and contrive to do all the ill they can. It is a naughty person that is here spoken of, Heb. A man of Belial; I think it should have been so translated, because it is a term often used in scripture, and this is the explication of it.
How a man of Belial is here described. He is a wicked man, that makes a trade of doing evil, especially with his tongue, for he walks and works his designs with a froward mouth, by lying and perverseness, and a direct opposition to God and man. He says and does every thing, very artfully and with design. He has the subtlety of the serpent, and carries on his projects with a great deal of craft and management, with his eyes, with his feet, with his fingers. He expresses his malice when he dares not speak out (so some), or, rather, thus he carries on his plot; those about him, whom he makes use of as the tools of his wickedness, understand the ill meaning of a wink of his eye, a stamp of his feet, the least motion of his fingers. He gives orders for evil-doing, and yet would not be thought to do so, but has ways of concealing what he does, so that he may not be suspected. He is a close man, and upon the reserve; those only shall be let into the secret that would do any thing he would have them to do. He is a cunning man, and upon the trick; he has a language by himself, which an honest man is not acquainted with, nor desires to be.
In this chapter we have a miracle and a sermon: the miracle wrought to make way for the sermon, to confirm the doctrine that was to be preached, and to make way for it into the minds of the people; and then the sermon to explain the miracle, and to sow the ground which by it was broken up. The miracle was the healing of a man that was lame from his birth, with a word speaking (Acts 3:1-8), and the impression which this made upon the people, Acts 3:9-11. The scope of the sermon which was preached here upon was to bring people to Messiah, to repent of their sin in crucifying him (Acts 3:12-19), to believe in him now that he was glorified, and to comply with the Father’s design in glorifying him, Acts 3:20-26. The former part of the discourse opens the wound, the latter applies the remedy.
We were told in general (Acts 2:43) that many signs and wonders were done by the apostles, which are not written in this book; but here we have one given us for an instance. As they wrought miracles, not upon every body as every body had occasion for them, but as the Holy Spirit gave direction, so as to answer the end of their commission; so all the miracles they did work are not written in this book, but such only are recorded as the Holy Ghost thought fit, to answer the end of this sacred history.
The persons by whose ministry this miracle was wrought were Peter and John, two principal men among the apostles; they were so in Yeshua’s time, one speaker of the house for the most part, the other favourite of the Master; and they continue so.
Peter and John had each of them a brother among the twelve, with whom they were coupled when they were sent out; yet now they seem to be knit together more closely than either of them to his brother, for the bond of friendship is sometimes stronger than that of relation: there is a friend that sticks closer than a brother. Peter and John seem to have had a peculiar intimacy after Yeshua’s resurrection more than before, John 20:2.
The time and place are here set down. 1. It was in the temple, whither Peter and John went up together. 2. It was at the hour of prayer, one of the hours of public worship commonly appointed and observed among the believers. Time and place are two necessary circumstances of every action, which must be determined by consent, as is most convenient for edification. With reference to public worship, there must be a house of prayer and an hour of prayer: the ninth hour, that is, three o’clock in the afternoon, was one of the hours of prayer among the believers; nine in the morning and twelve at noon were the other two. See Ps. 55:17; Dan. 6:10.
The patient on whom this miraculous cure was wrought is here described, Acts 3:2. He was a poor lame beggar at the temple gate. 1. He was a cripple, not by accident, but born so; he was lame from his mother’s womb, as it should seem, by a paralytic distemper, which weakened his limbs; for it is said in the description of his cure (Acts 3:7), His feet and ankle bones received strength. Some such piteous cases now and then there are, which we ought to be affected with and look upon with compassion, and which are designed to show us what we all are by nature spiritually: without strength, lame from our birth, unable to work or walk in God’s service.
- He was a beggar. Being unable to work for his living, he must live upon alms; such are God’s poor. He was laid daily by his friends at one of the gates of the temple, a miserable spectacle, unable to do any thing for himself but to ask alms of those that entered into the temple or came out. There was a concourse,—a concourse of devout good people, from whom charity might be expected, and a concourse of such people when it might be hoped they were in the best frame; and there he was laid. Those that need, and cannot work, must not be ashamed to beg. He would not have been laid there, and laid there daily, if he had not been used to meet with supplies, daily supplies there. Note, Our prayers and our alms should go together; Cornelius’s did, Acts 10:4.
The gate of the temple at which he was laid is here named: it was called Beautiful, for the extraordinary splendour and magnificence of it. 3. He begged of Peter and John (Acts 3:3), begged an alms; this was the utmost he expected from them, who had the reputation of being charitable men, and who, though they had not much, yet did good with what they had. It was not many weeks ago that the blind and the lame came to Yeshua in the temple, and were healed there, Matt. 21:14. And why might not he have asked more than an alms, if he knew that Peter and John were Yeshua’s messengers, and preached and wrought miracles in his name? But he had that done for him which he looked not for; he asked an alms, and had a cure.