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Nations  are all nations not being Israel and Judah.

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Jesus is 3 Lambs.

  1. Lamb for the house. Exo 12:3 ...a flock animal for a house.
  2. Lamb for the nation. John 11:49-51 50 ...one man should die for us for the sake of the nation...
  3. Lamb for the world. John 1:29 ...The Lamb of Elohim, who takes away the sin of the world!

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1 John 5:3 In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome,

John's wordplay was lost in translation from Hebrew to other languages.

Torah = commands or more accurately: law
Torach = burden

1 John 5:3 In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his Torah is not a burden

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40 years

40 years of Philistine oppression.
40 years of King Saul, Joash.
40 years of King Jehoash.
40 years of King Jeroboam II.
40 years of King David. (positive judgement)
40 years of King Solomon. (positive judgement)
40 years of Moses in .
40 years of Moses in Midian.
40 years in the wilderness.
40 years between Jesus' death and the destruction of the Temple.
40 years of Judge Othniel.
40 years of Judge Gideon.
40 years of Judge Barak.
40 years of priest Eli.


Judgment at the house of God always takes 40 years.

Act 7:23,30, 13:21, Deu 8:2-5, Psa 95:10, Jdg 3:11, lSa 4:18, Jdg 5:31, 8:28,13:1, 2Sa 5:2,4, lKi 11:42, 2Ki 12:1-3, 12-14, 2Ch 24:1, Mat 12:39

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Let this cup pass from me

Mat 26:39 And going forward a little, He fell on His face, praying, and saying, My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will.

What does the above exactly mean? The usual interpretation is that Jesus asked Father if there was another way besides going to the cross and if so He would prefer that way if Father agrees. In my opinion He asked the opposite.

At a meal a (very) large cup of wine was shared with everyone at the table. The custom was that everybody took a big swig; not just a sip.

At those times (cheap) wine wasn't as perfectly filtered as it's now and the bottom of the cup often contained bitter dregs. There was no cheating allowed by taking a tiny sip to avoid the dregs.

Once the cup was empty, the one that drank the dregs filled the cup again and passed it to the next person. So Jesus asked if He could be the 'dreg drinker'.

Translations vary a bit on the exact words of Jesus. So 'by' or 'from' doesn't carry the meaning "I don't want dregs".

It was more like I want a fresh cup if wine to originate from Me. And the only way that could be if He drank the dregs. Obviously the dregs refer to His suffering on the cross so we can get a full cup of fresh good tasting wine.

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The court room in the Temple was destroyed when Jesus died because when the curtain was torn the 30 ton lintel carrying it broke and destroyed the court room next to it. So He was the last one judged there.

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Hidden manna - Afikomen

"To him who overcomes, I will give some of the hidden manna."

The hidden manna is symbolic for Jesus Christ, which you'll see in a moment, and it refers to the 'Afikomen' tradition at the Passover Seder meal that is still practiced to this day. The tradition goes something like this;


1) The leader of the Seder, generally the father, would open a linen bag with three unleavened bread wafers in it called 'matzah'.
2) He would remove the middle matzah and break it in half.
3 He would wrap the broken matzah in linen and (there are two slightly different views on this part of hiding the manna)
     a) hide it in the house during the course of the meal.
     b) burry it during the course of the meal.
4) After the meal, the children would be turned loose to find this hidden manna (the 'Afikomen').
5) A reward was given: (there are two slightly different views on this part)
     a) the child that finds the matzah.
     b) all children who searched.
6) The 'middle matzah' or 'hidden manna' would then be shared with every member of the family.


Symbolizing the crucifixion of Christ and our salvation. The wafer represents the Lord who was broken, wrapped in linen, and hidden away in a tomb. And those who 'find' the Lord are rewarded with eternal life, a reality that will be shared by the entire Jewish family when "all Israel will be saved" in the last days.
Afikomen means 'dessert'  "I came".


Jesus was on the cross between two thieves. That can also be seen as 3 pieces of matzah.


This reward was called "The promise of the father".
Father God's promise is:
- Righteousness. Romans 5:17-18
- Eternal life. Romans 6:23
- Grace. Romans 5:12, 14-15
- Faith, Eph 2:8-9

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The Hebrew alphabet and the star of David











































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SINGULAR AND PLURAL

In Hebrew, plurals of masculine nouns end with ‘im’.
Eloah – singular god ? Elohim – plural gods
El – singular god ? Elim – plural gods

So technically speaking Elohim/Elim, is plural; but context often shows it should be read as singular.
Like the word ‘sheep’ it’s the context that determines the word is singular or plural.
2000+ times Elohim means the singular Yahweh.

Ha-elohim means the-elohim. Meaning the best/highest/supreme/king/etc God of all other gods. A rank.

Beney means “son of”
Beney Elohim ? Sons of gods or sons of God. To be determined by context.
Beney Elim → Sons of gods or sons of God. To be determined by context
Beney ha-elohim → Sons of the-God. In theory it can also point to sons of group of a higher class of gods; but I think it’s never used as such in the Bible.


Proper names never have the ‘ha’ prefix.
ah-elohim isn’t a name but a rank or title. → Most high God.
ah-satan isn’t a name but a rank or title. → Most high accuser.

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Letter of the law vs spirit of the law

The government set speed limits to reduce the number of deaths due to speeding. The reason of that law is not to avoid speeding but to avoid death due to speeding.

Example:
On the Interstate everyone is driving at the correct speed. Then you see a big rock rolling down the hill. You know that when you keep your present speed you’ll be crushed by the rock. You also know that when you slam your breaks the car behind you will ram you and cause a severe traffic accident. You also know that when you accelerate, the rock will roll through the gap between you and the car just behind you. That way you broke the letter of the law by speeding but kept the intention/spirit of the law by preventing death.

Same with God’s law. Sometimes they conflict. Then the higher law has to be followed. No work is allowed on Sabbath, but Jesus said it’s good to heal the sick or pull an animal out of a ditch on Sabbath; because showing mercy and compassion trumps doing nothing.

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Ps 25:19 Consider my enemies; for they are many; and they hate me with cruel hatred.

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Hamas
BDB Definition:
1) violence, wrong, cruelty, injustice

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Hamas: A masculine noun meaning violence, wrong. It implies cruelty, damage, and injustice. Abraham's cohabiting with Hagar is described as a wrong done to Sarah (Gen 16:5). In relation to physical violence, cruelty is implied (Jdg 9:24). When coupled with the term instrument or weapon, it becomes an attributive noun describing weapons or instruments of violence (Psa 58:2 [3]). When it describes a person, it can mean an oppressor or a violent man (Pro 3:31).


Hamas one of the current enemies of the state of Israel.

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6000+1000 years

Gen 6:3 And LORD said, My spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he also is flesh. Yet shall his days be a hundred and twenty years.

What type of years? There are several in the Bible. Regular years, Sabbath years and Jubilee years. A Jubilee year was kept every 50 years. Slaves were set free and land was returned to its original owner.

120x50=6000 years.

2Pet 3:8 But beloved, this one thing you should not ignore, that one day with Lord is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

Ps 90:4 For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.

6000/1000=6 days.

Gen 6:3 And LORD said, My spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he also is flesh. Yet shall his days be a hundred and twenty years.

“His days” is usually understood as the life span of a person, but the vast majority of people don’t live exactly  120 years. Not even close. “His days” can also be understood as the days mankind is allowed to rule the earth.

Mankind was allowed to rule during the 6 day working week. The working week is followed by the seventh day called Sabbath day.

Matt 12:8 For the Son of man is Lord of the Sabbath.

Jesus is the Lord (=ruler) of the Sabbath day. We know a day is a 1000 years. So Jesus is the ruler of the 1000 year long Sabbath day. The verse just below confirms that.

Rev 20:4 And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was given to them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark on their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.


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Saved by faith alone

I think this article gives fair view on what doctrine of the people that believe that salvation comes by just believing in Christ.
While I dispute none of the verses in that article, I do dispute the interpretation.

In Hebrew the a verb most often has both a mental and physical action attached to it. The word "hear" isn't only about perceiving a command, but also understanding and believe that command. But above all act according to those words. Just like when a mother asks her kid "Did you hear me when I said clean up you room." she isn't inquiring about the sound of her voice but referring to her commandment to clean the room.

Isa 29:13 Why the Lord said, For as much as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honor me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:

Matt 7:21 Not every one that said to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Matt 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name? and in your name have cast out devils? and in your name done many wonderful works?
Matt 7:23 And then will I profess to them, I never knew you: depart from me, you that work iniquity.


The above verses show that God wants more than just lip service. It’s good to know and believe murder is wrong; but what use is that if you still are a mass murderer that murders for fun?
Matthew is clearly about Christians, because pagans only do things in the name of their own god(s).

It’s confusing at times but some words have a double meaning. For example ‘the law’ refers to God’s divine law, but also to all sorts of manmade laws. It was those laws Jesus frequently broke and attacked. Linked to that is works. There  are works of the manmade law which are totally useless for salvation. But there are also God ordained works so to speak. And that’s what the following verses are about.

Heb 6 1 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on to perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,

→ The verse doesn't say  to repent from all works, but from dead works

Jas 2:20 But will you know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?

Jas 2:26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

→ It’s abundantly clear that dead faith is viewed as something very bad.

Jas 2:16 And one of you say to them, Depart in peace, be you warmed and filled; notwithstanding you give them not those things which are needful to the body; what does it profit?
Jas 2:17 Even so faith, if it has not works, is dead, being alone.

→ Verse 16 is perfect example of what I wrote above lip service, mental and physical activity. Just wishing someone peace means nothing, without the added works of giving certain things.

Compasion for a hungry homeless man isn’t just feeling bad for him, not even comforting the man, no real compassion means also offering the man (money for) food.

Heb 8:12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.

Does God forget things? Yes and no.
He will surely remember the iniquities for ever - Mental action.
But He will He will cease the disciplinary action linked to iniquities - Physical action.


Following Jesus doesn’t just mean walk where He goes, no it (also) means do as He does. Ok agreed, obviously we can’t do all He did because we can’t raise people from the dead or heal the sick with a touch. But we can really be kind, helpful and forgiving to people. Be obedient to Christ teachings. That’s the works of following Jesus. That’s living works. Following the manmade laws is dead works.

Loving Jesus also goes a lot further than really, really, really liking Jesus a lot. No it also means doing good works Jesus would have done. The root of His works was the great command to love. It means doing your best to be positive, helpful, caring person to everyone you meet.

Those things are living works because love=life. The works that was talked so bad about by Jesus are the works of the manmade laws. Rules that the Pharisees invented to improve God’s own rules. Needless to say Jesus very much about those rules. Those manmade rules/laws only produced dead works. God gave all the rules/laws that are needed. He didn’t forget any. He doesn’t need the help of mankind to improve His law. Improving perfecting isn’t possible, it’s actually destroying perfection.

So indeed dead works whicgh are based on mankinds laws have zero relevance to being saved. But God holy law inspired works do have relevance for sure. They are the works that makes faith live. They are the spirit that makes the body live.

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Conciliation & Reconciliation

In the Greek, the word for 'conciliation' is commonly mistranslated 'reconciliation' but there is a big difference between these two words. Conciliation is one-sided, and reconciliation is both sides at peace. See Concordant Version. Humanity as a whole is not reconciled to God as yet, but God is conciliated to humanity at present, refusing to reckon their offences against them and continually holding out His hand of friendship and peace to all who will believe. See 2 Corinthians 5:14-21. For further study, see article entitled 'The Conciliation of the World'.

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Is drinking alcohol always a sin?

One of the clearest verses proving moderate drinking isn’t a sin.

1Timothy 3:8 Deacons in like manner must be grave, not double-tongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre;

1Timothy 3:8 Deacons likewise must be men worthy of respect [honorable, financially ethical, of good character], not double-tongued [speakers of half-truths], not addicted to wine, not greedy for dishonest gain,

1Timothy 3:8 In the same way, deacons must be well respected and have integrity. They must not be heavy drinkers or dishonest with money.


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Long or short hair

Is it shameful for a man to have long hair? Did Jesus and His apostles have long hair as so often shown in drawings, paintings and statues?

1 Cor 11:14 Isn’t it obvious that it’s disgraceful for a man to have long hair?

That very is very clear, they didn't have long hair. But it's never that easy.
What is long? An inch? A feet? A yard?


Besides the 4th century Byzantine art that;’s greatly inspired on long haired pagan (Roman) gods, there is also earlier art. From that I would say hair wasn't longer than a few inches.

“Jesus didn’t have long hair, said physical anthropologist Joe Zias, who has studied hundreds of skeletons found in archeological digs in Jerusalem.’ [He also mentioned:] ‘Jewish men back in antiquity did not have long hair.’ ‘The Jewish texts ridiculed long hair as something Roman or Greek,’ said New York University’s Lawrence Schiffman. Along with extensive writings from the period, experts also point to a frieze on Rome’s Arch of Titus, erected after Jerusalem was captured in AD 70 to celebrate the victory, which shows Jewish men with short hair taken into captivity. Erroneous descriptions of Jesus in Western art have often misled film makers in their portrayal of Jesus, experts say.”
Reuters 24 February 2004.

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The Egyptians called water “mo” and those who had been rescued from the water were called “uses,” so the name the child received was Mouses

Ex. 2:10 “And she called his name Moses: and she said, Because I drew him out of the water.”

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The reason why God accepted Abel’s offering and rejected that of Cain.


Gen 4:4 And Abel, he also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect to Abel and to his offering:

Abel offered the 'first fruits' of the flock. As I will show Cain did the opposite, he offered 'old fruits' or 'last fruits'. And that was what was wrong. God only accepts the first of something.


Gen 4:3 And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering to the LORD.

Gen 4:3 And coming is it, at the end of days, that bringing is Cain, from the fruit of the ground, a present offering to Yahweh.


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Did sin really enter the world because Eve ate from the tree?

It only takes a little bit of thinking to see how absurd that commonly held claim is.

God commanded Adam and Eve not to eat from the tree. The very act of picking that fruit proves sin existed before Eve ate from the tree.

If you would put Jesus on planet with an abundance of forbidden food and no approved food He would starve. Simply because He has no sinful nature.


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Why was Canaan cursed?

Gen 9:20 And Noah began to be an farmer, and he planted a vineyard:
Gen 9:21 And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent.
Gen 9:22 And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brothers without.
Gen 9:23 And Shem and Japheth took a garment, and laid it on both their shoulders, and went backward, and covered the nakedness of their father; and their faces were backward, and they saw not their father's nakedness.
Gen 9:24 And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done to him.
Gen 9:25 And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be to his brothers.

Above the full context, below the most relevant verses.

Gen 9:22 And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brothers without.

Gen 9:24 And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done to him.
Gen 9:25 And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be to his brothers.


Most scholars assume the ‘younger son’ is Noah’s son Ham, but if that’s true it’s not logical to curse Canaan. The fact is that the ‘younger son’ is Ham’s younger son, Noah’s grandson. Let’s see what happened.

Lev 18:3 After the doings of the land of Egypt, wherein you dwelled, shall you not do: and after the doings of the land of Canaan, where I bring you, shall you not do: neither shall you walk in their ordinances.

Lev 18:6 None of you shall approach to any that is near of kin to him, to uncover their nakedness: I am the LORD.
Lev 18:7 The nakedness of your father, or the nakedness of your mother, shall you not uncover: she is your mother; you shall not uncover her nakedness.

Uncover isn’t just undress or see naked, but have sex with.
Whole Leviticus 18 lists the sexual perversions of the Canaanites.
When Noah was drunk his grandson Canaan raped him. For that he was cursed.
Gen 9:22 at first sight seems to imply Ham was the rapist, but then Ham should have been cursed.
I think Ham caught Canaan in the act, or Noah remembered things after he sobered up.

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Mercy from heart and womb
The Hebrew word rakhamim is usually translated as “mercy.”
‘im’ means it’s a plural form, in it’s singular form ‘rakham’ looks identical to the word rekhem when written in Hebrew.
Rekhem means womb.

A woman that was able to get pregnant was viewed as a woman blessed by God by the ancient Jews. Luke 1:57-58. Pregnancy obviously is very closely related to womb or rekhem.

Rekhem (womb) and rakhamim (mercy) come from the same Hebrew root word.

In Dutch the word for mercy is “barmhartigheid” . Barm is the the womb; hartigheid is the “love of the heart”. This is very similar to “compassion”. So mercy means the heart’s compassion for the womb. That’s a powerful imagery of how much God’s love from His heart is expressed in his mercy towards us.


According to Isaiah 49:15 a mother has compassion on the son of her womb.
Compassion is racham in Hebrew. The root word of the two words mentioned above.

So mercy, compassion and womb have a strong connection.

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The dead no nothing (about what’s happening on earth)

Ecclesiastes 9:5 For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing, and they have no more reward, for the memory of them is forgotten.

Are the dead really dead in a way an atheist defines death?


Ps 73:23 Nevertheless I am continually with you: you have held me by my right hand.
Ps 73:24 You shall guide me with your counsel, and afterward receive me to glory.

Ps 73:26 My flesh and my heart fails: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.

The Psalmist seems to draw comfort from the fact God is with him. But what use is that if he’s totally unaware of anything, while being dead?


In the witch of Endor story (1 Sam 28:8-15) Sauls speaks to the dead Samuel. Was Samuel just alive in the afterlife, or did God resurrect him for a few moments? I guess it’s hard to prove either of those possibilities but it surely leaves room for a conscious afterlife.


Dead people are often said to be fallen asleep, or are sleeping with their ancestors. Asleep can be seen as some middle ground. They know nothing but aren’t really dead either. But is that what it means?

1 Kings 2:10 Then David slept with his fathers and was buried in the city of David.

Archeology seems to prove that ‘asleep’  is merely referring to the fact that a body in the grave looks like a sleeping person. Laying down and eyes closed.
Ancients also frequently buried stuff with the dead they could use in the afterlife. Personally I don’t believe the dead are actually using that stuff, but it gives an idea what those people believed.


Ecclesiastes 9:5 For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing, and they have no more reward, for the memory of them is forgotten.

1Sam 28:15 And Samuel said to Saul, Why have you made me come up, troubling my rest? And Saul in answer said, I am in great danger; for the Philistines are making war on me, and God has gone away from me and will no longer give me any answer, by the prophets or by dreams: so I have sent for you to make clear to me what I am to do.

2Kgs 22:20 Behold therefore, I will gather you to your fathers, and you shall be gathered into your grave in peace; and your eyes shall not see all the evil which I will bring on this place. And they brought the king word again.

The last verse connects it all.


So the dead, who are fully conscious don’t know what’s happening on earth.

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Ascending high and… taking or freeing captives?

Eph 4:8 Why he said, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts to men.


Ps 68:15 The hill of God is as the hill of Bashan; an high hill as the hill of Bashan.
Ps 68:16 Why leap you, you high hills? this is the hill which God desires to dwell in; yes, the LORD will dwell in it for ever.
Ps 68:17 The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands of angels: the Lord is among them, as in Sinai, in the holy place.
Ps 68:18 You have ascended on high, you have led captivity captive: you have received gifts for men; yes, for the rebellious also, that the LORD God might dwell among them.

Ps 68:22 The Lord said, I will bring again from Bashan, I will bring my people again from the depths of the sea:

As you see Ps 68:18 and Eph 4:8 are parallel verses.
Did God’s army rescue people from Basha? Or?
Did God’s army capture enemy troops on Bashan?
Rescue mission or conquest mission?


In v16 we read God wants to dwell in the high mountains of Bashan. That means He isn’t there yet, and in v17 He starts a military campaign to capture the mountain. He’s victorious as He returns with captives. Those captives must be the enemy, because if the enemy is still on Bashan the mountain still isn’t for God to dwell in.

Of course it can be argued God victory is so great that there was nobody left to take captive. 100% of the enemies were killed. But it’s sure it was conquest. Let’s look a bit deeper.

“…captivity captive…” sounds a bit odd. It sounds like imprison prisoners.
The first thing you should ask yourself why call them ‘captives’ instead of ‘freed’. That surely sounds more victorious when it was a rescue mission.

Captivity
BDB Definition:
1) captivity, captives (noun masculine)
1a) (state of) captivity
1b) (act of) capture
1c) captives
2) captive (noun feminine)

All meanings point to be current (conquest) and not former (rescue) captives.


Captive
shabah
BDB Definition:
1) to take captive
1a) (Qal)
1a1) to take captive
1a2) captive (participle)
1a3) to lead captive
1b) (Niphal) to be taken captive

The above is about the complete action of taking captive (conquest mission). Not the action of setting free (rescue mission).

Eph 4:9 (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?
Eph 4:10 He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)
Eph 4:11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
Eph 4:12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:


In ancient times the victorious general paraded the prisoners for all to see.
The general also received gifts; spoils of war. Ps68:18
The general also handed out gifts during the parade. Eph 4:11

Eph 4:9 describes two conquests. First Jesus descended into the grave and defeated death, then He ascended and defeated the enemy on the mountain.

Translations vary. This time a little comma is game changer. (ESV)

Eph 4:9 ( In saying, “He ascended,” what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower regions, the earth?

Instead of descending into the earth (grave) this verse has descending into the lower regions called earth.

And that’s also true because Jesus descended from Heaven to be born as a man on earth. And His life that followed was a war against evil.



BTW, Bashan in the Bible is place of great evil. It’s the home of (descendants) of the Neplim, the fallen angels that mated with human women. Deut 1:4; 3:10–11; Josh 9:10; 12:4–5

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Kingdom lost

Col 2:15 having despoiled the principalities and the powers, he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it.

Col 2:15 And having disarmed principalities and powers, He mocked them in public, triumphing over them in it.

Col 2:15 Stripping the rulers and authorities of their power, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by means of the stake.


Authority taken away, put to shame and making a public display of them.
All sort of punishment but not death or imprisonment.
The rulership taken away, is the rulership over the nations. After the Babel incident, God gave different speech to the people and more importantly gave them into control to lesser gods as punishment. Just like He for example gave Pharaoh control over the Israelites for a while.

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War in heaven


Rev 12:3 And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns on his heads.

Rev 12:4 And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.

Rev 12:5 And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up to God, and to his throne.

Rev 12:6 And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and three score days.

Rev 12:7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,

Rev 12:8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.

Rev 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceives the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.


It’s often debated Satan was kicked out of Heaven somewhere during the OT times. But the red part above clearly shows it was around Jesus’ birth.


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Death before the fall

Rom 5:12 So then, just as sin entered the world through one man and death through sin, and so death spread to all people with the result that all sinned.

That verse make it very clear mankind stopped having everlasting life when Adam sinned.
What about plants and animals? The verse states death spread to all people. We know for a fact that plants and animals die today and did so for a very long time. But reading that verse the curse didn’t spread to plants and animals.
So the only conclusion can be that plants and animals already died before the fall.
And of course what Adam ate before the fall died.


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The shining divining serpent

English has words which meaning can change depending on its usage.

Hebrew has similar words.


Gen 3:2 And the woman said to the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:

Serpent = nachash in Hebrew

Ancient Hebrew at the time Genesis was written had no vowels.
So the original word was nchsh.

1Chr 4:12 And Eshton begat Bethrapha, and Paseah, and Tehinnah the father of Ir-nahash. These are the men of Rechah.
(missing c)

Ir-nahash means “city of copper/bronze”. The city was known for smiths and metallurgy.

Dan 10:6 His body also was like the beryl, and his face as the appearance of lightning, and his eyes as lamps of fire, and his arms and his feet like in color to polished brass, and the voice of his words like the voice of a multitude.

Brass = nechosheth = nchshth


Which one is it? Take your pick or take ‘m all…


And yes, it was all three of them because satan was divine throne guardian that had access to divine knowledge (that he twisted)


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The end is near?

Certain things mark Jesus’ return. A few things that have been fulfilled.

A red heifer was born near the end of 2018. Around the same time a snake came out of the Wailing Wall. Ezekiel prophesied fish will swim in the Dead Sea. Also at the end of 2018, scientists found fish and other life forms in sinkholes of the Dead Sea.


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The curse of mt Gilboa

2 Samuel 1:21 Ye mountains of Gilboa, let there be no dew nor rain upon you, neither fields of choice fruits; for there the shield of the mighty was vilely cast away, the shield of Saul, anointed with oil

Even today Gilboa is a dry and barren mountain surrounded fertile plains. Attempts to reforest the mt failed.

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After death comes judgement

Hebrews 9: 27 And inasmuch as it is reserved to men once to die, and after this, judgment,

---> The classic verse to prove there is no chance for salvation after death.


Romans 14:11 For it is written, [As] I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.

---> Maybe they make fake confessions to escape hell?

---> That can only be true if the Holy Spirit inspires lies and fake confessions…

1 Corinthians 12:3 Therefore I make known to you, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God says, Jesus is accursed, and no man can say, Jesus is Lord, except by Holy Spirit.


---> That's very clear; all who kneel do so because the Holy Spirit dwells within them. So the kneeling is a genuine confession...

---> Note that this is also the case before death.

---> But maybe it's to late anyway?

Romans 10:9 that if thou will confess with thy mouth, Lord Jesus, and will believe in thy heart that God raised him from the dead, thou will be saved.

---> ‘if’ has no time limit. It doesn’t state before death. And don’t understand ‘if’ as possibility because then you deny Romans 14:11. Understand ‘if’ as ‘from that moment onwards’.

---> Short recap: Everyone will make a true confession and at that point they will be saved. Obviously mrs muslim and mr. satanist never confessed in this life. Yet they are part of "everyone".

---> Ergo there is a chance after death. Ergo salvation after death is a Holy Spirit enforced fact for those groups.


---> Finally all the above are unconditional statements. But if there is still doubt....

Isaiah 45: 23 By myself I have sworn, the word has gone forth from my mouth [in] righteousness, and shall not return, that to me every knee shall bow, every tongue will confess to God


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Tentmaker

Most translations tell us Paul's worked as a tentmaker. Acts 18:1-3.
While that's almost correct, it's greatly misunderstood what Paul really made.

Talith can be broken down into 2 words. Tal meaning tent, and ith meaning little or small. So Paul made small tents.

But they weren't tents to live in, they were what we call prayer shawls. True, the NT your Bible is translated from isn't written in Hebrew. But we can compare with the Greek version of the OT. In that a regular tent is always translated as skene.

To be exact the word in the Greek NT is skenopoios.  A word found just once in the whole Bible and nowhere in secular writings.

While present day Jews fo wear tallits, that customer is about a 1000 years old. The OT commands to wear 4 fringes. It doesn't state they have to be part of a piece of fabric. Nowadays some where 4 fringes on the the belt of their pants.  That said during Jesus time tallits did exist. Many put something over their head during prayer.

The tallit was wrapped around the person and it's said that the prayer closet mentioned in Mat 6:6.

Some tallits reached down to the ankles. This could very well be what Jesus was wearing when the woman who had blood issues for 12 years touched His wings. Luke 8:43-46, Mal 4:2

Only those with rabbinic training were allowing to make the fringes, because they represent the name of God. Paul had such training.
Also consider Paul traveled a lot materials for shawls weigh much less than those for full blown tents.


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Heart of the earth

Mat 12:40 For as Jonah was in the belly of the great fish for three days and three nights, so will the Son of Man be in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights.


The ancient Jews were of the opinion that Jerusalem is the center of God’s creation/the world. In the Sanhedrin, Jewish supreme court, the members of the court sat in a half circle. The defendant, Jesus in this case, stood in the middle of that half circle. The ancients called that spot or the courthouse itself the navel of God’s creation/the world.
“Heart” isn’t a correct/direct translation from navel or center. But the meaning might be the same. We also use terms like “the heart of the matter” or “in the heart of society”. Never meaning a literal heart.
Jesus wasn’t standing there for 3 days and 3 nights. So that’s not my point.
But earth and the fallen state/sin are often connected in the Bible. Nope, I’m not suggesting Jesus was sinning for three days. But Jesus was under control of sinners for 3 days until He, by lack of a better word, escaped them through resurrection.

Just a thought…