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The Number 40

The number 40 is significant in the Bible as it is the number of testing, preparation and leadership, as well as the harbinger of something new.

Why were the spies scouting the land of Canaan for 40 days?  Why not 30 or 7?

God instructed Moses to send one chieftain from each of the 12 tribes of Israel to scout out the land of Canaan.  Among the spies were Caleb, son of Jephunneh from the Tribe of Judah and Hosea (Hoshea), son of Nun from the Tribe of Ephraim.  Later, Moses changed Hosea’s name to Joshua.
When Moses sent out the spies, it was the season of the first ripe grapes.  They were to go in with courage and bring back a sample of the fruit of the Land.  They were also to assess the characteristics of the inhabitants, the fortification of the cities, and the existence of any trees.
After 40 days, they returned with a cluster of grapes from the Valley of Eshkol (cluster), which was so bountiful that they had to tie the cluster to a pole and carry it on their shoulders.  Here in Israel, the grapes will begin to ripen around mid-July in the heat of summer.  So it is likely that the spies went into the Promised Land around the end of July.
The number 40 is significant in the Bible as it is the number of testing, preparation and leadership, as well as the harbinger of something new.  (Jewish Wisdom in the Numbers)
We see this pattern many times in the Scriptures:
  • In a dramatic new beginning, rain fell for 40 days and nights during the Flood before the waters stopped and the world was repopulated. (Genesis 7:4)
  • Moses lived in Egypt for 40 years, was prepared for leadership in Midian for 40 years, and finally led the children of Israel in the wilderness for 40 years as a new nation.
  • Moses fasted on Mount Sinai for 40 days and nights before he went down the mountain with the Ten Commandments. (Twice)
“Moses was there with the LORD forty days and forty nights without eating bread or drinking water.  And he wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant — the Ten Commandments.”  (Exodus 34:28)
  • Goliath challenged the Israelites twice a day for 40 days before David defeated him, which began a great following by the people.  (1 Samuel 17:16)
  • Yeshua was tested by the devil in the wilderness for 40 days before He began His public ministry.
“Then Yeshua was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.  And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry.  Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, ‘If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.’”  (Matthew 4:1–3)
  • The period from the resurrection of Yeshua to His ascension was 40 days, a period of preparing the disciples for the work that lay ahead. (Acts 1:3)
10 Spies Inspire Fear Rather Than Faith
“There we saw the Nephilim (the sons of Anak, who come from the Nephilim), and we seemed to ourselves like grasshoppers, and so we seemed to them.”  (Numbers 13:33)
After 40 days, all 12 spies essentially testified to the entire Israelite community and Moses that the land “does flow with milk and honey!” just as God had promised. (Numbers 13:27)
Despite that, they also saw that the cities were fortified and that giants lived in the Land.
Rather than focusing on the great fruitfulness of the Land, they focused, instead, on the great size of the inhabitants in contrast to their own smallness.
Because of Moses’ intercession and appeal to God’s reputation and merciful nature, God relented from completely destroying the entire nation of Israel; nevertheless, He decreed judgment on those who refused to trust in God the way Joshua and Caleb trusted in God.
“I have forgiven them, as you asked.  Nevertheless, as surely as I live and as surely as the glory of the LORD fills the whole earth, not one of those who saw my glory and the signs I performed in Egypt and in the wilderness but who disobeyed me and tested me ten times — not one of them will ever see the land I promised on oath to their ancestors.
No one who has treated me with contempt will ever see it.  But because my servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into the land he went to, and his descendants will inherit it.”  (Numbers 14:20–24) 
The entire generation (ages 20 and up) who had just been counted in the census would not enter the Promised Land they so feared.  instead, they would die in the wilderness; that is, all but Joshua and Caleb would live to enter the Land.
What lessons can we learn from this account of Israel in the wilderness?
First, we need to be people of faith, seeing ourselves as sons and daughters of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords — and not tiny grasshoppers to be crushed under some giant’s foot.  We need to believe that no matter what challenge we face today, we are “well able to overcome it” with God’s help.
This is the kind of faith that pleases God.  Without it, it is impossible to please Him. (Hebrews 11:6) 
Second, as people of faith, we need to guard our speech and speak forth faith-filled words.
Why did the whole community of Israel die in the wilderness?  They reaped the fruit of their faithless, fearful words.
The people said many times, “We will surely die in this wilderness,” and God allowed them to speak their own future into existence.
“Say to them, ‘As I live,’ says the LORD, ‘just as you have spoken in My hearing, so I will do to you:  The carcasses of you who have complained against Me shall fall in this wilderness, all of you who were numbered, according to your entire number, from twenty years old and above.”  (Numbers 14:28–29)
For each of the 40 days that the Israelites spied out the land of Canaan, the Israelites would wander in the wilderness a year until that generation died—40 years.  Only Joshua and Caleb, who had a different spirit and wholly trusted in the Lord would enter the Promised Land along with the next generation.
“According to the number of the days in which you spied out the land, forty days, for each day you shall bear your guilt one year, namely forty years, and you shall know My rejection.  I the LORD have spoken this.  I will surely do so to all this evil congregation who are gathered together against Me. In this wilderness they shall be consumed, and there they shall die.’”  (Numbers 14:34–35) 
Third, we need to repent of our unbelief and begin trusting in God or else we cannot move forward.  And sometimes, our lack of faith may prevent us from moving forward in a particular area even after we repent.
The Israelites were suddenly remorseful for their behavior and gathered up the courage to go up and take the Land, but it was too late.
Moses warned them, “Do not go up, for the Lord is not among you, lest you be struck down before your enemies,” but they rebelled again, went up in presumption and were, therefore, defeated by the Amalekites and Canaanites.
Also, the ten spies who had brought back the evil report of the Land were struck down by the Lord in a plague; but Joshua and Caleb were left alive.
God had rendered His final decision; they were now “not able,” just as they had spoken over themselves.
Fourth, we should be a humble people given to intercession for others — from family members to complete strangers.  May we all be like Moses, who pleaded for mercy on behalf of his people.
Our faith matters to God!
The Word of God says that the power of life and death is in our tongues and we shall, in a sense, eat our words.  (Proverbs 18:21)
Yeshua said that it is by our words that we will be acquitted and by our words we will be condemned.  (Matthew 12:37)
May we be careful and deliberate in the words that we speak over ourselves and others, since faith comes by hearing.
May our words and actions be a testimony of the goodness and greatness of the God of Israel, and may we take hold of His promises by faith.
“May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.”  (Psalm 19:14)
As Abraham’s faith moved Him forward into the role of the Patriarch of the Chosen People and recipient of the covenant, so did Joshua’s faith move him forward into his role of a leader who, with God’s help, was “well able to overcome” all the obstacles before him and take possession of the Promised Land.
In this Haftarah, Joshua sends out two of his own spies into Jericho, in preparation for battle.
Although Jericho is a well-fortified city with a well-equipped army and great walls surrounding it, the spies tell Joshua, “The LORD has surely given the whole land into our hands; all the people are melting in fear because of us.”  (Joshua 2:24)
Now in the land that their parents so feared, the next generation of Israelites witness God move and have great faith, being “fully convinced that God is able to do whatever He promises.  (Romans 4:21)
May we be fully convinced of that truth as well!
Now we have seen how God has used the number 40 let’s put together what it means shall we?

Mentioning 146 times in Scripture, the number 40 generally symbolizes a period of testing, trial or probation. During Moses’ life he lived forty years in Egypt and forty years in the desert before God selected him to lead his people out of slavery. Moses was also on Mount Sinai for 40 days and nights, on two separate occasions (Exodus 24:18, 34:1 – 28), receiving God’s laws. He also sent spies, for forty days, to investigate the land God promised the Israelites as an inheritance (Numbers 13:25, 14:34).

The prophet Jonah powerfully warned ancient Nineveh, for forty days, that its destruction would come because of its many sins. The prophet Ezekiel laid on His right side for 40 days to symbolize Judah’s sins (Ezekiel 4:6). Elijah went 40 days without food or water at Mount Horeb. Jesus was tempted by the devil not just three times, but MANY times during the 40 days and nights he fasted just before his ministry began. He also appeared to his disciples and others for 40 days after his resurrection from the dead.

The number forty can also represent a generation of man. Because of their sins after leaving Egypt, God swore that the generation of Israelites who left Egyptian bondage would not enter their inheritance in Canaan (Deuteronomy 1). The children of Israel were punished by wandering the wilderness for 40 years before a new generation was allowed to possess the promised land. Jesus, just days before his crucifixion, prophesied the total destruction of Jerusalem (Matthew 24:1 – 2, Mark 13:1 – 2). Forty years after his crucifixion in 30 A.D., the mighty Roman Empire destroyed the city and burned its beloved temple to the ground.

Appearances of the number forty

The book of Exodus, with its 40 chapters and 1,213 verses, is the seventh longest book. The longest is the Psalms.

From the time they entered the promised land, to the time of King Saul, Israel was sporadically governed by a number of individuals known as Judges. Though they did not rule like a king, they nevertheless had a tremendous influence on the people, as they represented God and were inspired to execute his will. Judges who served 40 years include Othniel, Deborah and Barak, Eli and Gideon.

The first three human kings over the children of Israel, Saul, David and Solomon, each ruled for forty years (1050 to 930 B.C.). After the united kingdom split into two separate pieces, King Joash served forty years as one of Judah’s better kings.

Abraham tried to bargain with God to NOT destroy Sodom and Gomorrah if forty righteous people were found (Genesis 18:29). Both Isaac and Esau were forty years old when they were first married (Genesis 25:20, 26:34).

God flooded the earth by having it rain for forty days and nights (Genesis 7:12). After the patriarch Jacob (Israel) died in Egypt, the Egyptians spent forty days embalming his body (Genesis 50:3).

How does the number 40 relate to humility?

God allowed the ancient Israelites, from time to time, to be harassed and dominated by certain enemies in order to chastise and humble them for their sins. The Philistine’s, in the southern and western parts of Israel’s land, harassed them from 1105 to 1065 B.C. God’s resolution to the harassment was Samson (see Judges 13:1, 1Samuel 7:13, 15 – 17).

Additional info on the Biblical Meaning of 40

The Bible was written by forty different people. Those called of God NOW are under probation, or judgment, based on how they live by every word of God.

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Biblical Numbers Unlock Secrets of the Hebrew Scriptures

“Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”  (Psalm 90:12)
While numbers are mundane to most people, in Judaism they have a personality and metaphysical meaning; they help reveal the universal truths of the Torah (first five books of the Bible), as well as the writings of the Prophets and Yeshua’s disciples.
Indeed, many people notice when they are reading Scripture that certain numbers show up frequently, and their appearance does not seem coincidental.
While it is important to recognize that numbers are significant in the Bible, they are not magical.
Rightly interpreting the Scriptures requires literal as well as symbolic understanding of Biblical numerology.  Still, this understanding needs to be combined with sound interpretation procedures and is not to be used as witchcraft or fortune telling.
Here is a brief synopsis of the numbers 1 to 7 in the Bible, and how they are viewed in Judaism, by some Bible scholars today, and by the early Jewish Believers.
Echad (אֶחָד or א / One, First)
“There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called.”  (Ephesians 4:4)
As a number, 1 is unique in the fact that it is the only number that can be multiplied or divided by itself and remain unchanged; for instance, when one is divided by one, the answer is one.
1 x 1 = 1
1 / 1 = 1
From the Jewish understanding, like the number 1, God is indivisible.
The unique properties of the number 1 reflect God’s unchanging Unity or Oneness.
That unique Oneness and Singularity is proclaimed at least twice daily by observant Jews through the Schema, the eternal declaration of Jewish faith:
“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is Echad [One].”  (Deuteronomy 6:1)
This oneness or echad of God is a complex unity.  For instance, the Word is one with God (John 1:1).  
That Word then became flesh and dwelt among us (John 1:14).  And Yeshua, who is the Word in flesh, declared, “I and the Father are one.”  (John 10:30)
Echad has a special place in Judaism.
“The number 1 is an underlying feature of Jewish life: ‘The other nations have many rites, many clergy, and many houses of worship.  We, the Jewish people, have but 1 G-d, 1 Ark, 1 Altar, and 1 High Priest.’  That is why the whole Torah was given by 1 Shepherd (G-d) and taught by 1 leader (Moshe),” states author Osher Chaim Levene.  (Jewish Wisdom in the Numbers)
Although, echad does mean singleness or singularity, it also means first, and this meaning is seen in the Bible in many verses:
“There was evening, and there was morning—the First Day [yom echad / Sunday].”  (Genesis 1:15)
The idea of first also holds a special importance in Scripture, as is seen in the sanctification of the Firstfruits (Bikkurim), which were given to the Kohen (priest), as well as the sanctification of the firstborn animal and the firstborn son.
“Bring the best of the firstfruits of your soil to the house of the LORD your God.”  (Exodus 34:26)
“Consecrate to Me every firstborn male.  The first offspring of every womb among the Israelites belongs to Me, whether human or animal.”  (Exodus 13:2)
In Exodus 4:22, Israel is referred to as God’s firstborn son.
The concept of first is also emphasized in the Brit Chadashah (New Testament), where Yeshua is called the firstborn from the dead, as well as the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.
“Messiah has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.”  (1 Corinthians 15:20; see also Revelation 1:5 and Acts 26:23)
First relates to the beginning, which is the first word of the Bible, bereisheet (in the beginning).  The root of this word is rosh, which means head.
Just as God is the beginning and is holy, the first is related to holiness.  What comes first sets the stage or the pattern for that which follows.
Colossians 1:18 ties all of these concepts together in Yeshua HaMashiach (Jesus the Messiah).
“Messiah is also the head of the assembly, which is His body.  He is the beginning, supreme over all who rise from the dead.  So He is first in everything.”  (Colossians 1:18)
Shnayim (שְׁנַיִם or ב / Two)
“Let me inherit a double portion of your spirit.”  (2 Kings 2:9)
The Hebrew number 2, shnayim, relates to God’s creation, since the Hebrew letter Bet is the first letter of the word bereisheet (in the beginning), which is the first word of the Torah and the creation narrative.
“Bet” is more than a letter of the Hebrew alphabet, it is also the number 2. (Hebrew letters are also numbers.)
Two means “union, division, and witnessing.”  It also means “double” and is associated with the double portion.
In the Bible, we see shnayim in the two tablets of the Covenant, the double portion of manna on the sixth day, and the idea of counterparts and pairs, such as God’s creation of both male and female or the sending out of the disciples in pairs (Luke 10:1). 
In Deuteronomy 19:15, the number 2 is associated with witness as in the requirement of two witnesses in legal matters.
Two is also associated with blessing since in creation itself, God poured out a bounty of blessings into the earth.  As well, creation brought about the possibility of relationship because God created man to be in relationship with Him and with each other.
We can see the possibility of union that two brings in the covenant of marriage, where two become one flesh.  (Genesis 2:24)
The idea of division is also associated with two since on Day Two (Yom Sheni [Monday]) God divided the waters to form the Heavens above and the oceans below.
Indeed, two represents the possibility of separation due to conflict and sin.
The duality of union and division belonging to the number 2 is perhaps best reflected in the fact that although humankind was created to be in relationship with God, people can either be united with God through holiness or separated from Him through sin.
For a relationship to be true, there must be the freedom to choose to be in the relationship, and people can either choose to be in relationship with their Creator or to be in rebellion against Him.
Of course, sin separates all of us from God, and Yeshua makes it possible to be reconciled with our Heavenly Father.  (Ephesians 2:16) 
Moreover, He makes it possible for Believers everywhere to be in union with Him.
“I have given them the glory that You gave Me, that they may be one as We are one—I in them and You in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity.”  (John 17:22–23)
Shlosha (שְׁלוֹשָׁה or ג / Three)
“Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves.  A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”  (Ecclesiastes 4:12)
Three connotes equilibrium or stability, continuity and permanence.  It is considered the number of Divine completeness or perfection.
This number shows up frequently in Scripture and in Jewish life.
The earth was separated from the waters on the Third Day (Yom Shelishi [Tuesday]).  (Genesis 1:9–13)
In Exodus 34:6, God is ascribed the three attributes of channun (gracious), rachum (compassionate / merciful), and chesed (loving  kindness).
The Seraphim (six-winged angelic beings) praise God with a triple invocation that emphasizes God’s perfect holiness, crying “Holy, Holy, Holy.”  (Isaiah 6:3; Revelation 4:8)
In the Priestly Blessing (Numbers 6:24–26), God’s covenant name (YHVH) appears three times—an indication perhaps of its completeness and perfection.  God is also mentioned three times in the Shema (Deuteronomy 6:4–9).
As a mark of stability or a perfect foundation, Israel has three founding fathers (Avos): the Patriarchs Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
The Bible specifies three Pilgrimage Festivals (Shelosh Regalim), the three times the Jewish People are obligated to go to Jerusalem bringing at least three offerings: Pesach (Passover), Shavuot (Pentecost or the Feast of Weeks), and Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles).
These three holidays are more than history lessons; they give spiritual illumination to God’s plan of redemption, first of the People of Israel and then through the Messiah:
Pesach commemorates the deliverance from bondage in Egypt with the sacrifice of a lamb as well as the deliverance from eternal death through the sacrifice of Yeshua.
Shavuot commemorates the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai 50 days after God delivered Israel from Egypt, as well as the giving of the Holy Spirit 50 days after Yeshua delivered us from sin.
Sukkot commemorates the protection God provided the children of Israel in their wilderness booths, as He dwelt with them through His Cloud of Glory, as well as the protection He still provides through the Holy Spirit dwelling in us today and will provide during the Messianic reign to come.
Three is also linked to Salvation.
Abraham journeyed three days to Mount Moriah in obedience to God’s command that he sacrifice his promised son (Genesis 22:1–4).  To raise the son of the widow of Zarephat (1 Kings 17:21), Elijah stretched himself out three times over the body.  Jonah spent three days and nights in the belly of a whale (Jonah 1:17).
Esther fasted three days and three nights in preparation to save the Jewish People from certain annihilation.

And Yeshua (Jesus) was raised from the dead on the third day.

Arba’a (אַרְבָּעָה or ד / Four)
“After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth to prevent any wind from blowing on the land or on the sea or on any tree.”  (Revelation 7:1)
The number 4 is connected to the number 2 through its basic mathematical properties: 2+2=4 and 2×2=4.  The number 4, therefore, is related to creation, the physical realm, the earth, and the four seasons.
In the Bible, we see a connection between four and the earth through the fourth commandment, which is the first commandment that mentions the earth.  As well, the fourth clause of the Lord’s Prayer is the first to mention the earth.
This number relates to the ideas of place and space, such as in Daniel 7:3, which speaks of four earthly kingdoms, and Isaiah 11:12, which promises that God will gather the dispersed of Israel from the four corners of the earth.
The Land of Israel was the Chosen People’s designated place and space.
Redemption involves being returned to one’s rightful place, and the return of the Chosen People is necessary for redemption and fulfillment of their destiny as a nation.
Four also appears in the Bible as the four rivers of Eden; the four divisions of three tribes each surrounding the Mishkan HaKodesh, the holy Tabernacle in the desert (Numbers 2:1–31); four cherubim; four living creatures surrounding the throne (Revelation 4:6, 7:11 ); and the four tassels on the corner of the garment or tallit (prayer shawl).
As well, the Jewish People have four Mothers (Imahos): the Matriarchs Sarah, Rebekah, Leah and Rachel.
Hamisha (חֲמִשָׁה or ה / Five)
“To redeem the 273 firstborn Israelites who exceed the number of the Levites, collect five shekels for each one.”  (Numbers 3:46–47)
The number 5 is the number of redemption, Divine grace, and God’s goodness.
In Number in Scripture, E. W. Bullinger states, “If four is the number of the world, then it represents man’s weakness, and helplessness, and vanity….  But four plus one (4+1=5) is significance of Divine strength added to and made perfect in weakness; of omnipotence combined with the impotence of earth; of Divine favour uninfluenced and invincible.”  (p. 135)
God did not only reveal Himself through Creation.  He revealed Himself through the Word.
Therefore, in the Bible, 5 is associated with the five Books of Moses, through which God revealed His will to Israel and the world.  As well, the Ten Commandments were written on two tablets, five commandments on each tablet.
The number 5 has also been associated with sacred architecture (1 Kings 7:39, 49), as well as the miraculous feeding of the 5,000 (Matthew 14:17) and grace.
Each of us have been empowered to use what we have received by grace from God and expand upon it through hard work and faith:
“The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five.  ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold.  See, I have gained five more.’  His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant!  You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things.  Come and share your master’s happiness!’”  (Matthew 25:20–21)
Shisha (שִׁשָּׁה or ו / Six)
“Six days you shall labor and do all your work.”  (Deuteronomy 5:13)
The number 6 symbolizes the natural world, man, and the six directions of the physical realm (forward, backward, left, right, up, and down).  (Jewish Wisdom in the Numbers)
Scripture reveals that God created the natural world in six days and then rested on the seventh, so this number reflects physical completion.
In the same way that God completed His work of creation in six days, people have six days of activity in the week to leave their mark on the world, and are to rest on the seventh, in honor of the Creator of the Universe.
Six has been called the number of man, since Adam and Eve were created on the sixth day and the sixth commandment forbids murder.
The number 6 is considered as the path to the holiness represented in the number 7.  If human activities are not sanctioned by God, and not directed toward the final destination of the World to Come, then they are inconsequential.  (Jewish Wisdom, p.106)
Sheva (שִׁבְעַה or ז / Seven)
“The words of the LORD are flawless, like silver purified in a crucible, like gold refined seven times.”  (Psalm 12:6)
The number 7 is so prominent in Scripture that even scholars who do not give much weight to Biblical numerology recognize its importance.
Seven is the Divine number of completion, fullness, and spiritual perfection, typifying holiness and sanctification.
Seven is such a favorite number in Judaism, in fact, that the Midrash (Rabbinic literature) states, “All sevens are beloved.”  (Vayikra Rabbah 29:9)
Sheva (seven) shares the root (Shin-Bet-Ayin) with oath (shevua) and, therefore, is related to commitment.
From this same root is the word for full or complete, and a related word forsatisfied.
Seven is strongly associated with completion and rest through the Shabbat (seventh day) and other complete cycles of time.
The seventh sabbatical year or Shmita (seventh year in which the soil is allowed to rest), is still being practiced in Israel.
Both the Shabbat and the Shmita highlight six mundane units of time followed by one holy unit of time.  Both the seventh day and the seventh year are given a special sanctity.
As well, Leviticus 23:1–44 outlines seven annual holy Feasts of the Lord: Pesach (Passover), Chag HaMotzi (Feast of Unleavened Bread), Yom HaBikkurim (FirstFruits), Shavuot (Pentacost), Yom Teruah (Trumpets), and Sukkot (Booths).
The holiness and perfection of the Tabernacle is reflected in its seven furnishings: the Bronze Sacrificial Altar, Bronze Laver, Golden Menorah, Golden Table of the Bread of the Presence (Showbread), Golden Altar of Incense, Ark of the Covenant, and the Mercy-seat/ Seat of Atonement.
The Temple Menorah itself had seven branches, which have a connection to the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit), since in the Messianic Prophecy of Isaiah 11:2, the Light of the World, Yeshua HaMashiach (Jesus the Messiah), is described as having the seven gifts of the Ruach HaKodesh.
According to Rabbinic Judaism, all men are bound by the seven Noahide laws: the prohibition of idolatry, murder, theft, sexual immorality, blasphemy, eating flesh taken from an animal while it is still alive, and the requirement of maintaining courts to provide legal recourse.
In Leviticus 26:18–27, seven is connected to the punishment of sin:
“If after all this you will not listen to me, I will punish you for your sins seven times over….  If you remain hostile toward me and refuse to listen to me, I will multiply your afflictions seven times over, as your sins deserve….
“If in spite of these things you do not accept my correction but continue to be hostile toward me, I myself will be hostile toward you and will afflict you for your sins seven times over….  
“If in spite of this you still do not listen to me but continue to be hostile toward me, then in my anger I will be hostile toward you, and I myself will punish you for your sins seven times over.”
Indeed, because of sin, the Jewish people spent 70 years as captives in Babylon (Jeremiah 29:10).
Yeshua Unveiled: The Incredible 70 Sevens
When seventy years have been completed for Babylon, I will visit you and fulfill My good word to you, to bring you back to this place.  For I know the plans that I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.  Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.”  (Jeremiah 29:10–12)
While in Babylonian captivity, Daniel received an incredible mathematical message from the angel Gabriel that clearly identified the timing of the coming of the Messiah through a prophecy concerning 70 weeks of yearsnumbers which we have seen involve holiness, completion, perfection, and cycles of time.
In that passage, Daniel ponders Jeremiah’s prediction that Jerusalem would remain in ruins for 70 years; then, Gabriel appears to him.
God Spoke It

God Spoke It

Gabriel confirms the timing for the end of captivity in Jeremiah’s prophecy, but he does not stop there.  He essentially tells Daniel that an end would come to captivity caused by sin:

“Seventy ‘sevens’ are decreed for your people and your holy city to finish transgression, to put an end to sin, to atone for wickedness, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the Most Holy Place.”  (Daniel 9:24) 
This prophecy not only accurately predicts the year that Yeshua’s ministry began, but also His sacrificial death for the sins of the entire world, bringing righteousness to all who follow Him.  As well, it looks forward to the end of the age when the prophetic clock begins to tick again after the re-establishment of the independent state of Israel and the final 70th week plays out.
Yeshua’s cutting off only represents 69 of the 70 weeks.  The last week (7 years) is yet to unfold with the arrival of the anti-Messiah who will make peace that holds for 3 1/2 years.
The remaining 3 1/2 years will be a time of trouble that culminates in the return of Messiah (Daniel 9:27, 11:31; Matthew 24:15).
The prophecy of the 70 sevens reveals that God’s hand is on history and that we have a hope and a future.
That hope is not lost on many Jewish people who have been challenged to read the Messianic prophecy found in Daniel, as well as other Messianic prophecies.
For example, one worker said that Daniel’s vision of the 70 weeks was instrumental in leading him to faith in Yeshua HaMashiach (Jesus the Messiah).
“Before I became a Believer, a good friend who was later to become my pastor, explained to me how Yeshua had to be the Messiah since He appeared in accordance with the description given by Daniel in Daniel 9,” he said.
The Messianic prophecies of the Bible powerfully confirm the message that Yeshua is the Jewish Messiah.
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By the Numbers

Only to the students of the Word, those to whom God’s Spirit has given spiritual insight, will the code be plain. God is ‘The Great Geometrician’ and does everything after a plan by number, weight, and measure. If God is the Author of the Scriptures and the Creator of the Universe (and He is) then the Words of God and the Works of God should and will harmonize.

Imagine what the Scriptures would be like without the direct inspiration of a single Author!

The various writers of the different books, men who lived in different ages, and most of whom never saw the others, would have crossed up each other had they not all been guided by a master mind, ONE, Who never makes a mistake, and Whose knowledge and wisdom comprehend the events of all time. The precision with which the Bible numbers all fall into their places cannot be accounted for except by the supernatural power and wisdom of a God Who is infinite!

NUMBER TABLE II
NUMBER MEANING REFERENCES
1 UNITY John 17:20-22; Act 4:32;
2 DIVISION or SEPARATION Gen 10:25; Luke 15:11; IKin 3:16-27
3 RESURRECTION John 2:19; John 11:43; Mat12:40
4 THE FIRST CREATION & FLESH ICor15:49; Rom1:23; Rev5:13
5 GRACE Rom11:5-6; Gen6:8; Isa9:6
6 SATAN-HIS INFLUENCE Dan5:4; Luk17:28; Jam2:19
7 COMPLETENESS, PERFECTION, TO END Lev23:15; Rev16:17; Gen6:9
8 NEW BIRTH Gal4:28; Ipet3:20; Eze36:26
9 FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT Gal5:22-3; Icor12:8-11; Mat5:3-11
10 LAW Ex20:3-17; Ex12:3; Ruth4:1-11
11 JUDGMENT Ex6:6; Ex14:28; Jer52:1; Eze26:1
12 DIVINE POWER, RULE or AUTHORITY 12: Apostles,Signs,months,hours
13 SIN, REBELLION, DEPRAVITY Mk7:21-23; Gen14:4; Est3:12-13
14 SALVATION OR DELIVERANCE Lev23:5; Act27:33; Mk14:1-2
15 REST Est9:18; Lev23:5-7; Gal1:13-14
16 LOVE Icor13:4-8; Rom5:5;J oh10:17
17 VICTORY (RESURRECTION) Rom8:35-39; Col2:15; 17th Day
18 BONDAGE OR BINDING Luk13:4; Jud3:14; Rev20:2
19 FAITH Heb 11; Gal 3:25-26(19 Gk words)
20 REDEMPTION Ex26:20; Ruth=Boaz 20 times
21 EXCEEDING SINFULNESS OF SIN IITim3:1-5; Rom7:13, ext sin=21ltrs
22 LIGHT/MAKING MANIFEST Ex25:31-34; IJoh3:21+Eph5:13
23 DEATH Rom1:28-32; Rev11:7,13/23words
24 PRIESTHOOD IChrn24:1-9; Rev4:4
25 FORGIVENESS OF SINS Jer52:31; Mk2:7,who can..-25ltrs
26 GOSPEL ICor15:1-4=died(23),rose(3)=26
27 PROCLAMATION OF GOSPEL or PROPHECY Act20:28 & Gal2:1,2=27 words
28 ETERNAL LIFE Rom6:23..gift…28 letters
29 DEPARTURE Joh11:43; Joh44-29 words, go is 29th
30 BLOOD Mat27:3-4; Rev5:9…30 words
31 OFFSPRING or SEED Gen1:9, 20:17, 8:14=31st name
32 COVENANT Gen9:8-9…32nd Noah
33 PROMISE Gal4:23b…33 letters-8 words
34 ENDURANCE Isaac’s sacrifice is cited.
35 HOPE ICor13:13-faith19=love16=35
36 ENEMY Rev36beasts;ISam17:50-36thDavid
37 EXALTATION Jer52:31-2,37,25-forgive,12 Divine power
38 RIGHTEOUSNESS Rom3;22-4;5grace+14salv+19faith
39 TRUTH Joh1:17 grace and…..39 letters
40 TRIBULATION or TRIAL 40:day tempt:yrs in desert.
41 DECEPTION IICor11:13-15 has 41 Greek words
42 SECOND COMING of JESUS 42m ministry;42m beasts end.
44 PERDITION Rev19:20-44words
45 INHERITANCE Mat5:5-45ltrs;Josh14:10-14
46 SECOND DEATH Twice 23, the first death
48 TABERNACLE or DWELLING PLACE Ex26:15-25-boards of Tab;Jos21:41-48 cities
49 THE WRATH OF GOD Rev15:6,7-49words
50 SPIRIT, HOLY GHOST, ISRAEL’S JUBILEE Act2-Pentacost=50;Lev25:8-10
54 THE SECURITY OF THE BELIEVER Ex27:18-54pillars;Joh10:27-29
60 PRIDE Dan3:1-60cubit image:(Dan5:20)
66 IMAGE or IDOL WORSHIP Dan3:1-60c+6c=66cubits
70 ISRAEL’S CAPTIVITY and RETURN Jer25:4-11;
70×7 ISRAEL’S COMPLETE, FINAL RESTORATION ( Dan9:24=complete restoration;proves “gap”
77 VENGEANCE Gen4:23-4;Jud8:1-16
91 CASTING OUT Gal4:30-91ltrs;1 + to 13=91
99 SEAL Gen17:24;Rom4:11-paul sealed
100 THE ELECT Gen21:5;Rom9:11
105 CALLING ON THE NAME OF THE LORD Gen4:26;Rom10:13;1+ to 14(salv)=105
600 WARFARE (above)
666 NUMBER OF THE BEAST Rev13:18; small study
By the Numbers

By the Numbers

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The Eighth Day, The Ultimate Focus of God’s Plan

The Eighth Day, which is one of the most meaningful yet least understood Holy Days by mankind, points to the ultimate culmination of God’s plan: the resurrection and judgment of the vast majority of all the human beings who have ever lived.

How many countless billions have gone to their grave not knowing what lies beyond? How many mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, sisters, brothers, mourned their loved ones who have died, not knowing whether they would ever see them again? The Eighth Day, which is one of the most meaningful yet least understood Holy Days by mankind, points to the ultimate culmination of God’s plan: the resurrection and judgment of the vast majority of all the human beings who have ever lived. The destruction of death. The casting away of sadness and mourning. It is a hope the world desperately needs and it will be fulfilled at the culmination of God’s plan of salvation for mankind.

The Bible is filled with symbolism, giving hints of God’s mind. The symbolism of the Ark of the Covenant (Exodus 25), the cherubim at God’s throne (Ezekiel 1), the creation itself (Romans 1:18). Some things about God are able to be understood easily, some things can only be spiritually discerned, and some things are not knowable at this time (Isaiah 55:8). Still, God does show us many wonderful and inspiring things about His plan of salvation for all of mankind.

The Eighth Day, which is specified as being kept at the end of the Feast of Tabernacles in Leviticus 23:33, is the culmination of all the Holy Days. Following the description of the seven days of the Feast of Tabernacles, it says: “Also on the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you have gathered in the fruit of the land, you shall keep the feast of the Lord for seven days; on the first day there shall be a sabbath-rest, and on the eighth day a sabbath-rest.” The Eighth Day is separate and distinct from the Feast of Tabernacles. God has placed symbolic meaning in counting up to the number eight. Why don’t we just go back to one after counting the seven days? Because that is not what God is portraying. He is not portraying a weekly cycle with the Feast of Tabernacles. Instead, He is showing what it means to finally arrive at the Eighth Day. What does that number mean? Looking through the rest of the Bible, we find various illustrations that help open up the meaning of that great day.

From Circumcision to Nazirites

One of the most enduring covenants God made was the covenant of circumcision with Abraham (Genesis 17:10-11). He said, “He who is eight days old among you shall be circumcised.” Being circumcised on the eighth day was symbolic of being in complete submission to God. Today, we know physical circumcision is not required for salvation for all people (Acts 15), but it is also true that circumcision is a symbol of our spiritual commitment and focus. Paul wrote, “For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh; but he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, not in the letter; whose praise is not from men but from God” (Romans 2:28-29). Paul is talking about righteousness, and being in complete submission to God.

Another example of the number eight is with Noah. In his second book, Peter writes to the Church, warning them about false preachers. He makes the point that each individual will be responsible for their own salvation, and he uses Noah as an example: “And [God] spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly” (2 Peter 2:5, King James Version). Noah was saved because he was in complete submission to God. Seven other people were saved on the ark but not because of their own righteousness—only the eighth was saved because of righteousness. Peter’s point is that in the eternal judgment, each of us will be saved in response to our own righteousness, not anyone else’s, like the other seven in the Ark.

Another example of the number eight is in Exodus when God told Israel: “You shall not delay to offer the first of your ripe produce and your juices. The firstborn of your sons you shall give to Me” (Exodus 22:29). But when did He say to give these? The next verse reveals: “Likewise you shall do with your oxen and your sheep. It shall be with its mother seven days; on the eighth day you shall give it to Me.” The first seven days were for preparation, counting toward and looking forward to the eighth day, when the offering of the firstborn was to be given to God. But it was not only on the eighth day that the firstborn offering could be made, it was from there on after (Leviticus 22:26). From eight days onward, the sacrifice could be made. Likewise, the fulfillment of the Eighth Day shows that God’s Kingdom will be eternal. It will begin, but never end.

As we know, God will build another temple complex in Jerusalem during the Millennium (Ezekiel 40 begins the description of that vision). In that vision, God explains what it will take to purify the altar before sacrifices can be made: seven days worth of offerings for sin offerings for the priests and for the altar (Ezekiel 43:18-27). Only then—on the eighth day—will the altar be consecrated and God will accept the burnt offerings and peace offerings made there. There is a similar seven-day period of consecration for the priests described in Leviticus 8, where Moses first prepared Aaron and his sons for their service as priests to God at the tabernacle. After being washed, clothed in the priestly garments, and sprinkled with blood, they stayed in the tabernacle for seven days. “And you shall not go outside the door of the tabernacle of meeting for seven days, until the days of your consecration are ended. For seven days he shall consecrate you” (Leviticus 8:33). After this, they came out on the eighth day and made a sin offering for the people. The seven days were the time of preparation so that on the eighth day they could begin to fulfill what they had been prepared to do.

There are many examples of the meaning of the number eight in God’s Word. The Nazirite vow included instructions on what to do if someone who had taken that vow became defiled by accident or because of circumstances beyond their control. It included seven days of purification, with an offering made on the eighth day. The steps for the cleansing of lepers or other unclean people was also seven days of sanctification, and an offering was to be given on the eighth day. On the eighth day the process would be complete.

Let God AriseThe Ultimate Focus of God’s Plan

We tend to focus on day number seven because we look to the return of Jesus Christ. We want to be done with the trials, the stresses and the troubles of this life and to see our redemption into glory. We want to rise to meet Christ in the air. These are things we should indeed look forward to and long for. But the plan of God does not focus ultimately on the return of Jesus Christ. That is incredibly important, but God the Father putting His throne on this earth on the Eighth Day is what everything ultimately moves toward. Christ’s return is part of the process. It’s pretty clear—seven days to cleanse, to consecrate, to prepare. But the eighth day is the broader, fuller restoration to God. It was on that day that males were circumcised. That is when the priests were allowed to begin to make sacrifices. That is when the firstborn offerings were to begin to be offered. That is when the Nazirites and those who were cleansed were restored to God. The symbolism of the Eighth Day, laid out like fingerprints throughout God’s Word, is incredibly significant.

Counterfeit Veneration of Eight

Of importance to keep in mind with this topic is the counterfeit use of the number eight by Satan. In the end of this age, the false religion of Babylon described in Revelation 17 portrays Satan ruling over the earth before Christ’s return. That passage also describes seven kings: “They are also seven kings…The beast who once was, and now is not, is an eighth king. He belongs to the seven and is going to his destruction” (Revelation 17:10-11, New International Version). That false religious system of Babylon is the eighth of those kings. Coincidence?

The pollution of Christianity that came from gnosticism (among other things) honored the number eight. One of the first false epistles, called the Epistle of Barnabas, argued on behalf of the eighth day and its importance. This false reverence of the number eight is what led to Sunday worship in Christianity by the Catholic Church. Samuel Bacchiocchi’s book Sabbath to Sunday  describes the Epistle of Barnabas, noting that the first and primary argument for the change from Sabbath to Sunday was the number eight. Secondarily was the argument that Christ rose on Sunday (which is modernly held to as the reason for the change). Later, Jerome argued that the number seven represented Judaism and the law, and the eighth day represented the gospel, so therefore, he argued, Christians must do away with the law. Now I say that the Sabbath for practicing Jews is still Saturday, but for Christians who gather together on Sunday gather together on the Lord’s day or on the eighth day!

Satan has counterfeited God’s ways in many, many ways to lead people astray. False Christs, false ministers, false brethren, false doctrines, false churches—they are all counterfeits of what God has put in place. But God’s meaning in the number eight is still special, no matter what Satan might try to foist on the world. There will be a new heaven and a new earth. The throne of God will be with His family, and He will rule with Jesus Christ for eternity. Of the increase of His government, there will be no end (Isaiah 9:7).

The billions who have died not knowing what to expect will come up in the resurrection of the Great White Throne Judgment and know God. Those who lost loved ones will meet them again. There will be no more sadness, pain or mourning (Revelation 21:4). That Kingdom will last forever:

And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads. There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever” (Revelation 22:1-5).

God’s plan looks forward to the fulfillment of what the Eighth Day pictures. Which will lead to the meaning of the number nine, (Lord willing more to come) which is the eternal reign of God and Jesus Christ, the new heaven and the new earth, with all mankind having the opportunity to have been purified and set apart to live forever. God speed that day.

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Biblical Dates; A Difficult Quandary or a Conundrum

OK here we go! This topic has been a head-scratcher for many a long time, Why? Because people have injected conjecture on this topic, so now it’s time to shed God’s light on this and let the Truth shine forth.

Remember God does not change,  Malachi 3:6  For I am the LORD, I change not. and, Hebrews 13:8  Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

There have been many, multiple key historical events that have amazingly and supernaturally occurred on Biblical celebration days, which are holidays and festivals in Israel and by those of Jewish descent elsewhere.  This shows that rather than these events occurring on such anniversaries by random chance, it has been the hand of God.

This type of thing cannot be said of any other nation in the world.  No matter what faith you are, you will appreciate the awesomeness of God by the information presented on this page. 

We are told in the new testament not to be legalistic about observing certain days, but that they are prophetic of future events. (Colossians 2: 16-17)

Notes: Traditionally, in the Jewish Calendar, each day actually begins at sundown and ends at the next sundown. The Jewish Calendar actually has more than one new year for different purposes.

Per the Bible, all key events in Jesus’ life occurred on key festival days.

1) Rejection by the Jews (10th of Nissan, Palm Sunday)
2) Last supper and betrayal (14th of Nissan)
3) Crucifixion (15th of Nissan)
4) Resurrection (17th of Nissan)
5) The Holy Spirit was given at Pentecost (6th of Sivan)
6) Jesus’ birth: Believed to have occurred on the 15th of Tishri
7) Jesus’ baptism: Believed to have occurred on the 10th of Tishri

(My Birthday happens to be Tishri 12 Pretty Cool Ehh?)

Biblical Dates

Biblical Dates

6th Day of the month of Sivan (end May/early June in Gregorian calendar):

Jewish Shavu’ot or Festival of Weeks, and for Messianic Jews or Christians it is the Feast of Pentecost (Lev 23:17, 50 days after Passover or next day after 7 weeks) For Messianic Jews or Christians, the theme is that the law kills, but grace saves.

Events occurred on this day:

1) God gave the Law to Moses (Exodus). 3,000 were killed
(Exodus 32:28).
2) The Holy Spirit is given to the church (Acts 2); 3,000 were saved..

17th Day of the month of Tammuz (approx. July in Gregorian calendar):

This day begins three weeks of mourning for the nation.

Events occurred on this day:

1) First occurrence was when Moses broke the stone tablets of the law.
2) Babylonians invade Jerusalem and stopped the daily sacrifice.
3) In 70 AD, the Romans stopped the daily sacrifice.

Note: The chance of an event happening on any particular day in the year is 1 in 365.  The chance of 3 national disasters or major events occurring on the same day is 1 in 133,2256.

9th Day of the month of Av (approx. August in Gregorian calendar):

A day when judgment or destruction occur.

Events occurred on this day:

1) The 12 scouts return from Canaan and 10 of them report that they
cannot take the land, disbelieving God, resulting in their wandering the
wilderness for 40 years before entering Canaan.
2) Babylonians destroyed Solomon’s temple (587 BC).
3) In 70 AD, the Romans destroyed Herod’s temple.
4) In 71 AD, the Romans plowed Jerusalem with salt.
5) In 135 AD, the Romans destroy the army of Israel (their last rebellion).
About 1.5 million Jews were killed.
6) In 1290 AD, England expelled the Jews.
7) In 1492 AD, Spain expelled the Jews.
8) In 1914, World War I was declared, and Russia launched its program
to persecute the Jews (100,000 were killed on the day they launched
that program).

Note 1: When the Jewish historian, Josephus, recorded the temple destruction in 70AD, he noted that he thought it was the hand of God behind it occurring on the same day as the destruction of Solomon’s temple.

Note 2:  After expelling the Jews, England’s power severely eroded.  When England allowed Jews to return (during Cromwell’s revolution of parliament against the king), then England began to rise as a world power.

Note 3:  The chance of 8 national disasters (disasters for Jews) occurring on the same day is 1 in 863,000 x 1 Trillion (863,000,000,000,000,000).

1st Day of the month of Tishri – New Year for Counting Years, Sabbaticals and Jubilees,  (late September in Gregorian calendar):

Called: Rosh Ha’shanah or Feast of Trumpets – Israel blows a series of Shofar (Ram’s horn, similar to a Trumpet) blows, unless the holiday falls on a Shabbat, or Saturday when they do not blow the Shofar (Lev 23:24).  Also referred to as “the Sabbath of Sabbaths” (Lev 23:32).

Research shows that getting the exact meaning direct from the Hebrew as to whether “shouting” or “blowing of trumpets” was meant, the translation definition is: alarm, battle cry, blowing, blowing trumpets, joy, joyful sound, resounding, shout, shout of alarm, shout of joy, shouted, shouting, shouts of joy, signal, trumpet blast, war cries, war cry.

Leviticus 23: 24  (Young’s Literal Translation)
‘Speak unto the sons of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, on the first of the month, ye have a Sabbath (rest day), a memorial of shouting (blowing of trumpets in KJV), a holy convocation;’

Nehemiah 8:18  (Young’s Literal Translation)
And he readeth in the book of the law of God day by day, from the first day till the last day, and they make a feast seven days, and on the eighth day a restraint (solemn assembly, KJV), according to the ordinance.

Events occurred on this day:

1) The high priest brought the first offering to the rebuilt temple
(reference Ezra 3:16).
2) Ezra read the law to the returned exiles (Nehemiah 8:2).
3) For potential future events, refer to notes.

Note 1:  Some scholars believe that the 1st day of Tishri (the seventh month) could possibility be the future date for the battle of Armageddon.

Note 2:  Because this festival is referred to the “Sabbath of Sabbaths” it is also possible that  this festival could usher in the “great Sabbath” of the millennial reign.

Note 3:  Dates for this holiday (the “eve of 1st Tishri” begins the previous evening):
September 19, 2009
September 9, 2010
September 29, 2011
September 17, 2012
September 5, 2013
September 25, 2014

10th Day of the month of Tishri –  (approx. late September):

The Day of Atonement – A day set aside for fasting, depriving oneself of pleasures, and repenting from the sins of the previous year (Lev 23:27).  This is also when a trumpet of the Jubilee year is sounded (The Jubilee year is the 50th year).

Events occurred on this day:

1) Aaron made atonement for Israel (Lev 16:1-8).
2) Israel saved from annihilation in the war of Yom Kippur, 1973.

Note 1: Possible future date when Israel shall mourn for their messiah, following the battle with the Antichrist and the kings of the east at Armageddon (Zech 12:10-11).

Note 2:  Dates for this holiday (the “eve of 10th Tishri” begins the previous evening):
September 28, 2009
September 18, 2010
October 8, 2011
September 26, 2012
September 14, 2013
October 4, 2014

15th Day of the month of Tishri – (early October in Gregorian calendar):

Sukkot – The Feast of Tabernacles or Festival of Ingathering that lasts for seven days (Exodus 23:16. Lev 23:34-36, 39-41) where the first day is a Sabbath.  The Shofar/Ram’s Horn is also sounded at the beginning of this festival. One of the three pilgrimage festivals. A festival commemorating the final harvest and also the wandering in the desert  (Lev 23:39).  

Events occurred on this day:

1) Dedication of Solomon’s temple.
2) Believed to be the actual birthday of Jesus Christ — his birth on
September 29, 2 B.C.  In addition to other substantiations, this date
can also be substantiated by the Great Pyramid of Giza which
forecasted the event when it was built more than 2,000 years prior
to Jesus’ birth
3) Potential future event of the Rapture (note 2).

Note 1:  Dates for this holiday (the “eve of 15th Tishri” begins the previous evening):
October 3, 2009
September 23, 2010
October 13, 2011
October 1, 2012
September 19, 2013
October 9, 2014

Note 2:  Keeping with the Lord’s harvest theme (note 3) — the harvesting of souls — some believe that this could potentially be the time of the rapture in the future. Symbolically, it is possible that the 7 days of festival could represent the seven years of tribulation and at the same time seven years of marriage supper celebration in heaven (feast of 7 days = 7 years per Bible prophecy).  The blowing of the trumpet at the beginning of the celebration is analogous to the trumpet that will sound when the rapture occurs, followed by a 7-year period where simultaneously there is the marriage supper celebration occurring in heaven (indicated by the seven feasting days in Nehemiah 8:18), and the seven years of tribulation on earth.
Another key point which backs up this belief is that the rapture and marriage supper need to occur before the war at the end of the 7-year-tribulation period when Christ’s Second Coming occurs, which coincides with what Jude 1:14 says (“And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands (myriads) of his saints”) and what Revelation 19:14 tells us about Christ coming with all the saints by his side (believers): “And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.”  And that occurs AFTER the marriage supper explained in Revelation 19:8: “And to her (Christ’s bride, the church, the saints) was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.  Therefore, the rapture must occur first, then the marriage supper, and then Christ’s second coming with the saints by his side. 

Note 3: The Bible does tell us, Be Ready at Any Hour, Matthew 24:36-37
36 But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone. 37 For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah.
Mark 13:32-33
32 But of that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone. 33 Take heed, keep on the alert; for you do not know when the appointed time will come.
Does this mean we have to be ignorant of approximatly when? No for:
Revelation 3:2-3
2 Wake up, and strengthen the things that remain, which were about to die; for I have not found your deeds completed in the sight of My God. 3 So remember what you have received and heard; and keep it, and repent. Therefore IF you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come to you.
IF we do not wake up He will come as a thief, we need to be awake and watch and that time will not catch us unawares!
Luke 21:34
Be Watchful
34 Be on guard, so that your hearts will not be weighted down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of life, and that day will not come on you suddenly like a trap; 35 for it will come upon all those who dwell on the face of all the earth.

Note 4:  This is also the time of the year when the fall harvest occurs.  Mankind’s redemption revolves around a theme of harvest.  Christ’s resurrection was the beginning of the first fruits (beginning of harvest).  Passover commemorates the Exodus from Egypt as well as marking the beginning of the harvest season.  Not all Christians realize that there also were others who were resurrected after Christ, representing additional first fruits (Matthew 27:52-53 – And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose.  And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.)  In addition, there are writings from the 1st century that say there were about 12,000 people who were resurrected after Christ and witnessed during the days between Christ’s resurrection and when he was translated to heaven, where they saw Jesus and witnessed that he resurrected them as well.  Also among the 1st century writings are the published reports and letters of Pilate the Governor who reported about the dead who arose and witnessed.

Note 5: Possible future date related to the 4th millennial temple, shown by the vision of the future 4th millennial temple (described in the prophecy by Ezekiel 40:1-2.  In Israel, the 3rd temple is currently being planned.

24th Day of the month of Chisleu (November/December):

Events occurred on this day:

1) Foundation laid for the 2nd temple after 70 years captivity in Babylon
(Haggai 2:18).
2) In December 1917, British Army General Allenby’s planes flew low at
high speed back and forth over Turkish-held Jerusalem, dropping
leaflets that said to surrender and signed by General Allenby
(Allenby means “prophet of God” in the Arabic language). They
scared the Turks into surrender without bloodshed, and at the same
time defended the city against Turkish planes.

In detailed fulfillment of Isaiah, the number 14 Bomber Squadron of the Royal Flying Corps (R.A.F.) took Jerusalem “as flying birds” and defended it, and passing over it, preserved it. an indication of the Divine planning, in every detail, may be found in the motto inscribed on the badge of the bomber squadron chosen for the task which read: “I spread my wings and keep my promise.” This timing also fulfills a prophetic “Seven Times” (2,520 years) after 604 B.C. the date when Nebuchadnezzar first came against Jerusalem and took the city and led away that segment of the tribe of Judah captive into Babylon. The manner of delivery in 1917 was foretold in detail by the Prophet Isaiah (Isaiah 31:5): “As birds flying, so will the Lord of Hosts defend Jerusalem; defending, also He will deliver it; and passing over, He will preserve it.”

1st Day of the month of Nissan (March/April):

Opening day of the religious new year; new cleansing (Exodus 12: 2; 40:1-2).

Events occurred on this day:

1) Dedication of the tabernacle in the wilderness after the exodus out
of bondage of Egypt led by Moses (Exodus 40:17).
2) Cleansing of the defiled temple by King Hezikiah (2 Chronicles 29).
3) Under leadership of Ezra, the return of Israel from Babylon after 70
years (Ezra 7).

Note 1:  Possible future date that will be the cleansing of the millennial temple (Ezekiel 45:18).

10th Day of the month of Nissan (March/April):

Sanctification, or setting apart (Exodus 12: 3).  Also a description of the sacrificial lamb (Exodus 12: 5-6).

Events occurred on this day:

1) Passover lamb was chosen and held up until the 14th day of Nissan,
just before the exodus out of Egypt. (Exodus 12: 3-6).
2) Israel crosses the Jordan River (Joshua 4:19).
3) Palm Sunday, when Jesus entered the eastern gate of Jerusalem on
a donkey (Daniel 9:26 prophecy: “cut off” means that he was
rejected as messiah by the Jews).

14th Day of the month of Nissan (March/April):

The Passover Supper (Exodus 12: 5-6-11).  Events typically represent the covenants, protection, and promises between God and man.

For Messianic Jews and Christians, the sacrificial lamb symbolizes the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus as the sacrificial lamb.

Events occurred on this day:

1) God’s covenant given to Abraham (Genesis 17).
2) Passover supper in preparation for the exodus out of Egypt.
(Passover lamb was sacrificed.)
3) First Passover that took place in Canaan after the exodus was
completed.
4) The book of the law was found, after being lost according to
2 Chronicles 34:15.
5) Dedication of the 2nd temple occurred (Ezra 16:19).
6) Jesus and the disciples at the last supper before the crucifixion when we
were instructed on how to partake of the New Covenant meal (commonly
referred to as “communion.” (Luke 22:19).

Note 1: Possible future date that begins the marriage supper of the church (the saints) to the messiah, Jesus Christ.

15th Day of the month of Nissan (March/April):

The Feast of Unleavened Bread or Pesach (Feast week begins); agriculturally, it represents the beginning of the harvest season in Israel.

It refers to the fact that God “passed over” the houses of the Jews when he was slaying the firstborn of Egypt.  In English, the holiday is known as Passover.  Pesach is also the name of the sacrificial offering (a lamb) made on this holiday, as they all took part in a supper of lamb the night before leaving Egypt on their exodus. The holiday is also referred to as the Spring Festival and The Time of Our Freedom.

And this day hath become to you a memorial, and ye have kept it a feast to the LORD to your generations; — a statute age-during; ye keep it a feast.  Seven days ye eat unleavened things; only — in the first day ye cause leaven to cease out of your houses; for any one eating anything fermented from the first day till the seventh day, even that person hath been cut off from Israel (Exodus 12:14-17, KJV).  

Events typically represent the covenants and promises between God and man.

Events occurred on this day:

1) The exodus out of Egypt began (out of bondage to Egypt).
Exodus forecasted by the chronology of the Great Pyramid of Giza.
2) Crucifixion (out of bondage to the law and into the covenant of grace)
The date of Jesus’ crucifixion was forecasted by the chronology of
the Great Pyramid of Giza!
3) The fall of the Jewish resistance at Masada in 73AD.

17th Day of the month of Nissan (MarchApril):

The Feast of First Fruits (Exodus 23:16, Lev 23:10-11).  The theme is resurrection; a new beginning.

Events occurred on this day:

1) Noah’s Ark comes to rest on Mt. Ararat (Genesis 8:4). Represents
the resurrection of Noah’s family and mankind.
2) Israel miraculously crossed the Red Sea, and they went into the
promised land (Exodus 12:25).
3) Israel eats the first fruits of the promised land.
4) The resurrection of Jesus (John 12:24) and many of the old
testament saints also rose with him (Matthew 27:52-53).

This is why we don't know the day nor the time

This is why we don’t know the day nor the time

The gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke never refer to the Jewish month of Nisan in any chapter or verse. Each of the gospels does refer to the day of preparation, but they all agree that the day of preparation occurred before the Sabbath. The day of preparation is always a Friday. Here are the passages,

Now on the next day, the day after the preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered together with Pilate, and said, “Sir, we remember that when He was still alive that deceiver said, ‘After three days I am to rise again.” Matt. 27:62-63

When evening had already come, because it was the preparation day, that is, the day before the Sabbath, Joseph of Arimathea came, a prominent member of the Council, who himself was waiting for the kingdom of God; and he gathered up courage and went in before Pilate, and asked for the body of Jesus. Mark 15:42-43

It was the preparation day, and the Sabbath was about to begin. Now the women who had come with Him out of Galilee followed, and saw the tomb and how His body was laid. Luke 23:54-55

Now it was the day of preparation for the Passover; it was about the sixth hour. And he said to the Jews, “Behold, your King!” John 19:14

Then the Jews, because it was the day of preparation, so that the bodies would not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. John 19:31

Passover and Sabbath. Since the Jewish passover occurs on Nisan 14, we know that the day of preparation occurs on Nisan 13. We also know astronomical calculations that Jesus died on Nisan 14, A.D. 33. This is possible since we know that the Passover day occurred during a full moon and Sabbath day occurred on a Friday.
Noah’s Ark and Jesus’ Resurrection. It also appears that Noah’s ark rested on Mount Ararat on Nisan 17, the day Jesus returned to life. Here are the scriptures that indicate that this is true.
Also the fountains of the deep and the floodgates of the sky were closed, and the rain from the sky was restrained; and the water receded steadily from the earth, and at the end of one hundred and fifty days the water decreased. In the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, the ark rested upon the mountains of Ararat. Gen. 8:2-4

Here we discover that the ark rested on the mountain on the seventeenth day of the seventh month in the Jewish calendar. By comparing Exodus 12:2 to Exodus 13:4 we find God changed the Jewish calendar and made Abib the first month of their calendar year.
Now the LORD said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, “This month shall be the beginning of months for you; it is to be the first month of the year to you. Speak to all the congregation of Israel, saying, On the tenth of this month they are each one to take a lamb for themselves, according to their fathers’ households, a lamb for each household.” Ex. 12:1-3

In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at evening, you shall eat unleavened bread, until the twenty-first day of the month at evening. On this day in the month of Abib, you are about to go forth. Ex. 12:18-19

Now it is important to note that Abib was the seventh month of the Jewish calendar. If the Jewish calendar was unchanged from the time of Noah to the time of Moses, then Abib would be the month in which Noah’s ark rested on Mount Ararat.
Then by comparing Exodus 12:2 to Esther 3:7 we find that the name of the first month was later changed from Abib to Nisan, the first month of the Jewish year.
In the first month, which is the month Nisan, in the twelfth year of King Ahasuerus, Pur, that is the lot, was cast before Haman from day to day and from month to month, until the twelfth month, that is the month Adar. Esther 3:7

Now if we compare Exodus 12:18-19 with Esther 3:7 we discover that Nisan 14 is the day on which God had commanded the Israelites to celebrate the passover.
Conclusion: Jesus died on Nisan 14 which is the Passover day, the day on which the passover lamb was killed. He died before the Sabbath rest which started in the evening at 6:00 pm (1800 hours). Then Jesus returned to life – resurrected – on the day on which Noah’s ark rested on Mount Ararat – Nisan 17. Hebrews 4 tells us that rest is also a symbol of one’s rest in God because we believe in Jesus Christ.

Also the passover was a passover from the Old Testament to the New Testament, How is that signified?  Matthew 27:50-52
The Death of Jesus
50 And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit. 51 And behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth shook and the rocks were split. 52 The tombs were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised.

Jesus made it possible for us to have our sins forgiven, and those who believe in Jesus Christ can finally rest because they have peace with God.

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THE FIVE LEVITICAL OFFERINGS

THE FIVE LEVITICAL OFFERINGS

The Sacrifices

images/T9.gifThe sacrificial system was ordained by God and placed at the very center and heart of Jewish national life. Whatever the Jews may have thought of it at the time, the unceasing sacrifice of animals, and the never-ending glow of fire at the altar of sacrifice, there is no doubt that god was burning into the hearts of every man, an awareness of their own sin. An object lesson that would make your skin crawl was to be an age long picture of the coming sacrifice of Messiah. The sacrifices pointed to Him and they were fulfilled in Him.

There are many instructions for sacrifice throughout the Pentateuch, but Leviticus chapters 1-7 is completely dedicated to the 5 Levitical offerings which were the main sacrifices used in the rituals. They describe 5 kinds of sacrifices: The burnt offering, the meal offering, the peace offering, the sin offering, and the trespass offering. Each of the sacrifices were uniquely fulfilled in Jesus Christ.
The Burnt Offerings

The burnt offering was a sacrifice that was completely burnt. None of it was to be eaten at all, and therefore the fire consumed the whole sacrifice. It is also important to note that the fire on the altar was never to go out:

Lev 6:13 ‘A fire shall always be burning on the altar; it shall never go out.

The common Israelite worshipper brought a male animal (a bull, lamb, goat, pigeon, or turtledove depending on the wealth of the worshipper) to the door of the tabernacle.

Lev 1:3 ‘Let him offer a male without blemish; he shall offer it of his own free will at the door of the tabernacle of meeting before the LORD.

The animal had to be without blemish. The worshipper then placed his hands upon the head of the animal and in awareness that this innocent animal was standing in for the sinner he would seek the Lord for forgiveness and then killed the animal immediately.

Lev 1:4-9 ‘Then he shall put his hand on the head of the burnt offering, and it will be accepted on his behalf to make atonement for him. ‘He shall kill the bull before the LORD; and the priests, Aaron’s sons, shall bring the blood and sprinkle the blood all around on the altar that is by the door of the tabernacle of meeting . . . and the priest shall burn all on the altar as a burnt sacrifice, an offering made by fire, a sweet aroma to the LORD.

The priests were also responsible to wash various parts of the animal before putting it on the altar:

Lev 1:6-9 ‘And he shall skin the burnt offering and cut it into its pieces. ‘The sons of Aaron the priest shall put fire on the altar, and lay the wood in order on the fire. ‘Then the priests, Aaron’s sons, shall lay the parts, the head, and the fat in order on the wood that is on the fire upon the altar; ‘but he shall wash its entrails and its legs with water.

Later In Israel’s history there were burnt offerings made twice per day, one at morning and one at evening (when the first star appeared:

Num 28:3-4 “And you shall say to them, ‘This is the offering made by fire which you shall offer to the LORD: two male lambs in their first year without blemish, day by day, as a regular burnt offering. ‘The one lamb you shall offer in the morning, the other lamb you shall offer in the evening”

The Burnt offering was performed to atone for the peoples sins against the Lord and was a dedication offering of ones life before the Lord continually.


The Meal Offerings

The Israelites offered meal (cereals) or vegetables in addition to the animals. Leviticus chapter 2 mentions 4 kinds of cereal offerings and gives cooking instructions for each. The sinner could offer dough from wheat flour baked in an oven, cooked on a griddle, fried in a pan, or roasted to make bread (as in the offering of the first fruits). All meal offerings were made with oil and salt and no honey and leaven were to be used (oil and salt preserved while honey and leaven would spoil). The worshipper was also to bring a portion of incense (frankincense).

The meal offerings were brought to one of the priests, who took it to the altar and cast a “memorial portion” on the fire and he did this also with the incense. The priest ate the remainder unless he was bringing the meal offering for himself where he would burn the whole thing.

The purpose of the meal offering was an offering of gifts and speaks of a life that is dedicated to generosity and giving.


The Peace Offerings

The peace offering was a meal that was shared with the Lord, the priests, and sometimes the common Israelites. The worshipper was to bring a male or female oxen, sheep, or a goat. The ritual was closely compared to the burnt offering up to the point of the actual burning where the animals blood was poured around the edges of the altar. The fat and entrails were burned and the remainder was eaten by the priests and (if it was a free-will offering) by the worshippers themselves. This sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving was most of the time a voluntary act.

The Peace offerings included unleavened cakes. The priests ate all except the memorial portion of the cakes and certain parts of the animal on the same day the sacrifice was made, and when the worshipper joined in and the offering was free-will the worshipper could eat for 2 days of the whole animal except the breast and the right thigh which were eaten by the priests.

Jacob and Laban offered a peace offering when they made their treaty (Gen 31:43 ff). It was required to make offerings while making a vow of ones life to God and thanking Him with praise while free-will offerings were voluntary.


The Sin Offerings

The sin offering expiated (paid the debt in full) the worshippers unintentional weaknesses and failures before the Lord.

Lev 4:1-4 Now the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the children of Israel, saying: ‘If a person sins unintentionally against any of the commandments of the LORD in anything which ought not to be done, and does any of them, ‘if the anointed priest sins, bringing guilt on the people, then let him offer to the LORD for his sin which he has sinned a young bull without blemish as a sin offering. ‘He shall bring the bull to the door of the tabernacle of meeting before the LORD, lay his hand on the bull’s head, and kill the bull before the LORD.

Each class of people had various ordinances to perform:

Sins of the high priest required the offering of a bull and the blood was not poured on the altar but sprinkled from the finger of the high priest 7 times on the altar. Then the fat was burnt, and the remainder was burned (never eaten) outside the camp “unto a clean place” where the sacrifice was made and the ashes were poured out.

Lev 4:12 ‘the whole bull he shall carry outside the camp to a clean place, where the ashes are poured out, and burn it on wood with fire; where the ashes are poured out it shall be burned.

Sins of the leaders required the offering of a male goat. the blood was sprinkled only once and the remainder was poured around the altar as with the burnt offering.

Sins of the common Israelites required female animals, goats, lambs, turtle doves, or pigeons and in the case of the very poor an offering of grain was acceptable just like a meal offering.

Unintentional sins were difficult to identify and could happen at any time and therefore the priests worked closely as mediators with God and the people and were there to instruct the people as they sought the Lord. In case any sins were not brought before the Lord there were offerings for the nation and for the high priest which covered them all in a collective way. On the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) the high priest sprinkled blood on the mercy seat for his own sins and the sins of the nation.


The Trespass Offerings

The trespass offering was very similar to that of the sin offering but the main difference was that the trespass offering was an offering of money for sins of ignorance connected with fraud. For example if someone unintentionally cheated another out of money or property, his sacrifice was to be equal to the amount taken, plus one-fifth to the priest and to the one offended. Therefore he repaid twice the amount taken plus 40 %.

Lev 6:5-7 “He shall restore its full value, add one-fifth more to it, and give it to whomever it belongs, on the day of his trespass offering. And he shall bring his trespass offering to the LORD, a ram without blemish from the flock, with your valuation, as a trespass offering, to the priest. So the priest shall make atonement for him before the LORD, and he shall be forgiven for any one of these things that he may have done in which he trespasses.”

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Jewish Tradition – The Treatment of Animals

Even though the Lord prescribed the slaughtering of animals for sacrifice and for food, the treatment of animals is of the utmost importance in Judaism. The Talmud describes with minute care and detail how an animal is to be slaughtered for food, and the regulations are given mainly because of the desire to inflict as painless a death as possible. The slaughterer could not be a deaf-mute, or a minor, and he must be of sound mind (Chul. 1. 1). The knife must be perfectly smooth without the slightest perceptible notch and “the knife must be tested as to its three sides upon the flesh of the finger and upon the nail” (ibid. 17b).

 

You shall present a burnt offering for an appeasing fragrance to God, one young bull, one ram, and seven yearling sheep

You shall present a burnt offering for an appeasing fragrance to God, one young bull, one ram, and seven yearling sheep

There are five causes of disqualification (ibid. 9a). [1] Delay (Heb. shehiyah), there must be a continuous forward and backward motion of the knife without any interruption. [2] Pressure (Heb. derasah), the cut must be made gently, without the exercise of any force. [3] Digging (Heb. chaladah), the knife must not be inserted into the flesh instead of drawn across the throat. [4] Slipping (Heb. hagramah), the cut must not be made except through a prescribed section of the neck. [5] Tearing (Heb. ikkur), the cut must be done without dislocating the windpipe or gullet. Any one of these actions would render the animal unfit for consumption, because it would have inflicted pain upon the animal.

Judaism teaches proper care of animals and a love and respect for them. They were to be properly fed (p. Jeb. 14d), and “a man must not eat his meal before giving food to his cattle (Ber. 40a). This was taken from the Scripture:

Deut 11:15 “And He will give grass in your fields for your cattle, and then you shall eat and be satisfied.”

Judaism teaches man to praise the animals because they are models for humans to imitate.“Had the Torah not been given to us for our guidance, we could not have learnt modesty from the cat, honesty from the ant, chastity from the dove, and good manners from the cock” (Erub. 100b). The Lord taught Moses to care for sheep before he would care for and lead his fellow man (Exod. R 11.2)

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666

666!

Quote;”So, 666 is the culmination or
best/worst effort of the three primary areas of humanity and will
initiate the “worst times the earth has ever seen or will ever see
again”=Total Deception.” Unquote.

This was a nice effort on your part to try to Identify the meaning of 666, but this is not what the Bible states is the meaning or purpose. Rev 13:18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.

This is indicating that the number is not a conglomeration of mankind’s faults or attributes, but of a charismatic man, of uncommon speaking ability, that will turn the world to him, one way or another. Here we see A religion or copy of a religion, brokered by the Beast (Anti-Christ.) that will seduce many, this will be his trade mark. To be anti-Christ is to denigh the Father, Son and Holy Ghost, for all three are one. Mankind’s faults or attributes, are all based on one thing and one thing only, Sin. So the, so called, three primary areas of humanity have no connection to the identity of the Anti-Christ but will only add to his power.

The number 666 is an attribute of the Anti-Christ. This is his way of controlling all religions, until he can eliminate all but his. His religion may be a form of Christianity and Judaism combined together to deceive the very elect of God. Could Mohammedanism or another form of Judaism be the religion that takes over the world, or could a man of peace call for a combination of the three major religions to bring about peace. We see that Mohammedanism (aka; Islam.)is the major religion in the middle east, this being a major player in the instability of the region.

The number, 666, could be a numerical value of an Islamic Individual with Jewish ties of the past, making Him acceptable to both the Islamic world and the Jews. This man must be able to broker a pact between the Jews and the Islamic factions. Islam will never give up Jerusalem nor the Dome of the Rock, where the Third Temple must be built, The site of the Temple of Solomon.

The Anti-Christ and His number,666, must be an individual and not just human attributes, for Israel is looking for a Messiah, this must be fulfilled according to prophecy. There fore the Anti-Christ being a man will give good reason to the Muslims, why Israel should be given this area to rebuild their temple.

Is there proof of this in Scripture? Yes, We see this in the statement of Luke 18:7; And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? For the Apostle Paul stated that we are Jews inwardly, so we become the elect of God by adoption thru Christ and into the House of Israel thru belief, Gods Chosen.

Continuing with Mark 13:19-20; For in those days shall be affliction, such as was not from the beginning of the creation which God created unto this time, neither shall be.
And except that the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh should be saved: but for the elect’s sake, whom he hath chosen, he hath shortened the days.

ELECT’, n. One chosen or set apart; applied to Christ.
Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth. Isa 42.
1. Chosen or designated by God to salvation; predestinated to
glory as the end, and to sanctification as the means; usually with a
plural signification, the elect.

Shall not God avenge his own elect? Luke 18.
If it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Mat 24.
He shall send his angels–and they shall gather his elect from the four winds. Mat 24.
2.Chosen; selected; set apart as a peculiar church and people; applied to the Israelites. Isa 45. Dan 8:12 And an host was given him against the daily sacrifice by reason of transgression, and it cast down the truth to the ground; and it practised, and prospered.

Dan 8:13 Then I heard one saint speaking, and another saint said unto that certain saint which spake, How long shall be the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, and the
transgression of desolation, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot?

Mat 24:15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)

Lengerke; According to this, the meaning is, that the “host,” or the Jewish people, were given to him at the same time, or in connection with the daily sacrifice. The conquest over the people, and the command respecting the daily sacrifice, were simultaneous. Both passed into his hands, and he exercised jurisdiction over them both.

Where Jesus is righteousness, Love and Compassion, the Anti-Christ will be Hate, Control and destruction, especially of his enemies and Jews. Rev 17:10-11; And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.
And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition. Perdition here meaning the like character and destiny of the individual and his religion.

666, What will it be?

666, What will it be?

The number, 666, is a sign or banner of Control and conquest, signifying the power of the anti-Christ. This number will be forced on many, it may not be a computer chip or anything else that is not visible. The mark will be such as can be seen by the eye and be recognized as a property mark showing ownership of that person by the anti-Christ.

Barnes states of the number; The plain meaning is, that the number 666 would be so connected with his name, or with what would properly designate him, that it could be determined who was meant by finding that number in his name or in his proper designation.

On a lighter side!

You know, 2006 was an interesting year for the devil. Every 100 years the 6th day of the 6th month ‘06 comes around. “6/6/06” the devil’s birthday perhaps!?

There’s a little town in Michigan which cashed in on the occasion too. Located just 90 miles from Detroit is a little town called “Hell.” About 70 souls inhabit “Hell” on an average day. But Hell’s population swelled to the hundreds on the 6/6/06. Apparently the road to Hell was lined with people selling everything from ice-cream to T-shirts emblazoned with “666.”

Rev 13:16-17; And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
Be not deceived by people setting dates, times, or years, the end will not come until all prophecy is fulfilled and no man knows the day nor hour and neither can man figure it out.

END TIMES AT THE MOVIES
The movie world seems to be obsessed with the end of the world. There has been a steady stream of films coming out of Hollywood around the theme of end time events and takeoffs on the book of Revelation. Films like “End of Days,” “Armageddon,” “Deep Impact,” and “Independence Day” are just some examples. One series of films that came out a few years ago was the “Omen” trilogy. The films specifically centered around the antichrist of the book of Revelation. The first film deals with the birth and childhood of the antichrist. His parents suspect there is something different about their creepy little son,

but they find out the awful truth when they discover 666 tattooed on his forehead. The second film, “Damien: Omen II,” showed him as a teenager and what happened when his identity was revealed to him by satanic agents. I haven’t seen the movies, but the reviews sound like they would send you to bed with a nightmare waiting to happen.

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