Monday Of Passion Week/Holy Week

On Palm Sunday, which was the Sunday that preceded the crucifixion of Jesus, we observed from scripture that as Jesus was entering Jerusalem He was treated as a “rock star;” but, oh, how the emotions and loyalties of people can quickly change! Check out the following link that describes Passion/Holy Week; then read the following verse that reminds us of how eventful a day it was for the crowd at Jerusalem to see Jesus entering the city.

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http://www.gotquestions.org/Passion-Week.html

John 12:12-13 English Standard Version (ESV)

The Triumphal Entry

12 The next day the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. 13 So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!”

Now, let’s move ahead to Monday of Passion Week.

Imagine if you were to go to your place of worship and were to go into the sanctuary to pray. But, imagine that meaningful and intimate prayer with God were to be prevented because your concentration, your thoughts, could not be focused on that special time because of the loud and persistent “bleating of sheep and goats.” That is exactly the situation that was present in the temple before Jesus cleansed it. The sacred grounds that had been set apart for worship had become areas of chaos. The “accepted norm” of the temple had impacted the ability of the people to worship.So, here is a question that relates to churches of today: ” Are there similar matters of distraction that prevent intimate worship in “your” church?

Matthew 21:12-17 Jesus Cleanses The Temple English Standard Version (ESV)

12 And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who sold and bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons. 13 He said to them, “It is written,‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you make it a den of robbers.”14 And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple, and he healed them. 15 But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying out in the temple, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” they were indignant, 16 and they said to him, “Do you hear what these are saying?” And Jesus said to them, “Yes; have you never read, “‘Out of the mouth of infants and nursing babies you have prepared praise’?” 17 And leaving them, he went out of the city to Bethany and lodged there.

21:12 drove out. This was the second time Jesus had cleansed the temple. John 2:14–16 describes a similar incident at the beginning of Christ’s public ministry. There are distinct differences in the two incidents. MacArthur Study Bible note.
21:13 It is written. Jesus conflates two OT prophecies, Isaiah 56:7(“My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations”) and Jeremiah 7:11 (“Has this house, which is called by My name, become a den of robbers? MacArthur Study Bible note.
21:15 children. Lit. “boys.” The crowd in Jerusalem for the Passover would have included a large number of 12-year-olds, who were there to celebrate their first Passover, just as Jesus Himself had done. MacArthur Study Bible note.
21:16 Yes. Have you never read. Jesus’ reply to the “indignant” chief priests and scribes amounted to an inescapable assertion of His deity. He quoted from Psalm. 8:2. He was claiming the right to receive worship as God. MacArthur Study Bible note.

Mark 11:15-18 English Standard Version (ESV)

15 And they came to Jerusalem. And he entered the temple and began to drive out those who sold and those who bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons. 16 And he would not allow anyone to carry anything through the temple. 17 And he was teaching them and saying to them,“Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations’? But you have made it a den of robbers.” 18 And the chief priests and the scribes heard it and were seeking a way to destroy him, for they feared him, because all the crowd was astonished at his teaching.

11:15 temple. The large Court of the Gentiles was the setting for the events that followed. bought and sold.Animals were needed by the Jews for their sacrificial temple offerings. MacArthur Study Bible note.
11:16 not allow anyone to carry wares. Jesus did not want people to continue the practice of using the court as a shortcut through which to carry utensils and containers with merchandise to other parts of Jerusalem because such a practice revealed great irreverence for the temple — and ultimately for God Himself. MacArthur Study Bible note.
11:17 Jesus defended Himself by appealing to Scripture (see note on ) after His actions had caused a crowd to gather. a house of prayer for all nations. The true purpose for God’s temple. MacArthur Study Bible note.
11:18 scribes and chief priests. Here Mark uses this combination for the first time. These men were among those who comprised the principal leadership in the Sanhedrin. MacArthur Study Bible note.

Luke 19:45-48 English Standard Version (ESV)

45 And he entered the temple and began to drive out those who sold,46 saying to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a den of robbers.”47 And he was teaching daily in the temple. The chief priests and the scribes and the principal men of the people were seeking to destroy him,48 but they did not find anything they could do, for all the people were hanging on his words.

19:45, 46 This was the second time Jesus had driven the sellers out of the temple, and is a different incident from the one described in John 2:14–16. He quotes from Is. 56:7. MacArthur Study Bible note.
19:47 chief priests. The rulers of the temple.scribes. Mostly Pharisees, experts in the law and traditions.leaders of the people. Prominent Jewish laymen with influence in temple affairs. MacArthur Study Bible note.

John 2:12-16 English Standard Version (ESV)

12 After this he went down to Capernaum, with his mother and his brothers and his disciples, and they stayed there for a few days.
Jesus Cleanses the Temple
13 The Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 In the temple he found those who were selling oxen and sheep and pigeons, and the money-changers sitting there. 15 And making a whip of cords, he drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and oxen. And he poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables. 16 And he told those who sold the pigeons, “Take these things away; do not make my Father’s house a house of trade.”

Look ahead to John 11 which took place three years later. Jesus had cleansed the temple in John 2 but found the need to cleanse it again; things had gotten much worse in the temple. Notice the introductions to the temple cleansings in Chapters 2 and 11; the times and settings were definitely different, and were not those of the same event.

John 11:1-57 English Standard Version (ESV)

The Death of Lazarus

1 Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. 2 It was Mary who anointed the Lord with ointment and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was ill.3 So the sisters sent to him, saying, “Lord, he whom you love is ill.” 4 But when Jesus heard it he said, “This illness does not lead to death. It is for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”
5 Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. 6 So, when he heard that Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was. 7 Then after this he said to the disciples, “Let us go to Judea again.” 8 The disciples said to him, “Rabbi, the Jews were just now seeking to stone you, and are you going there again?” 9 Jesus answered,“Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world. 10 But if anyone walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.”11 After saying these things, he said to them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I go to awaken him.” 12 The disciples said to him, “Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will recover.” 13 Now Jesus had spoken of his death, but they thought that he meant taking rest in sleep. 14 Then Jesus told them plainly, “Lazarus has died, 15 and for your sake I am glad that I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.”16 So Thomas, called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.”

I Am the Resurrection and the Life

17 Now when Jesus came, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days. 18 Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles off,19 and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them concerning their brother. 20 So when Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, but Mary remained seated in the house.21 Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But even now I know that whatever you ask from God,God will give you.” 23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”24 Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” 25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life.Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” 27 She said to him, “Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God,who is coming into the world.”

Jesus Weeps

28 When she had said this, she went and called her sister Mary, saying in private, “The Teacher is here and is calling for you.” 29 And when she heard it, she rose quickly and went to him. 30 Now Jesus had not yet come into the village, but was still in the place where Martha had met him. 31 When the Jews who were with her in the house, consoling her, saw Mary rise quickly and go out, they followed her, supposing that she was going to the tomb to weep there. 32 Now when Mary came to where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet, saying to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” 33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in his spirit and greatly troubled. 34 And he said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to him, “Lord, come and see.” 35 Jesus wept. 36 So the Jews said, “See how he loved him!” 37 But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man also have kept this man from dying?”

Jesus Raises Lazarus

38 Then Jesus, deeply moved again, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay against it. 39 Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, “Lord, by this time there will be an odor, for he has been dead four days.” 40 Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?” 41 So they took away the stone. And Jesus lifted up his eyes and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. 42 I knew that you always hear me, but I said this on account of the people standing around, that they may believe that you sent me.” 43 When he had said these things, he cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out.” 44 The man who had died came out, his hands and feet bound with linen strips, and his face wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.”

The Plot to Kill Jesus

45 Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what he did, believed in him, 46 but some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done. 47 So the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered the council and said, “What are we to do? For this man performs many signs. 48 If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation.” 49 But one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing at all. 50 Nor do you understand that it is better for you that one man should die for the people, not that the whole nation should perish.” 51 He did not say this of his own accord, but being high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the nation, 52 and not for the nation only, but also to gather into one the children of God who are scattered abroad. 53 So from that day on they made plans to put him to death.
54 Jesus therefore no longer walked openly among the Jews, but went from there to the region near the wilderness, to a town called Ephraim, and there he stayed with the disciples.
55 Now the Passover of the Jews was at hand, and many went up from the country to Jerusalem before the Passover to purify themselves.56 They were looking for Jesus and saying to one another as they stood in the temple, “What do you think? That he will not come to the feast at all?” 57 Now the chief priests and the Pharisees had given orders that if anyone knew where he was, he should let them know, so that they might arrest him.

Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday, March 20, 2016, “Blessed is He Who comes in the Name of the Lord.”

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On Palm Sunday, Christians all over the world will be carrying palms and other branches. That’s because it’s Palm Sunday, which is a celebration of the day that Jesus entered Jerusalem before he was crucified, and then resurrected. Christians carry palms on Palm Sunday because, according to the Gospels, Jesus’ followers covered his path with palm branches on the day that he entered Jerusalem, after the custom of placing palms in the path of a high-ranking person. The palm branch also signified victory in Greco-Roman times, so the waving of palms would have resembled a triumphal procession.

“Baruch Haba B’shem Adonai.” Blessed is He Who comes in the Name of the Lord. Psalm 118:26 New King James Version (NKJV)

Zechariah 9:9 The Coming Of Zion’s King 487 B.C.Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB) 9 Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout in triumph, Daughter Jerusalem! Look, your King is coming to you; He is righteous and victorious, humble and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

Matthew 21:1-11 The Triumphal Entry 33 A.D. Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

1 When they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage at the Mount of Olives, Jesus then sent two disciples, 2 telling them, “Go into the village ahead of you. At once you will find a donkey tied there, and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to Me. 3 If anyone says anything to you, you should say that the Lord needs them, and immediately he will send them.” 4 This took place so that what was spoken through the prophet might be fulfilled: 5 Tell Daughter Zion, “Look, your King is coming to you, gentle, and mounted on a donkey, even on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden. ”6 The disciples went and did just as Jesus directed them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt; then they laid their robes on them, and He sat on them. 8 A very large crowd spread their robes on the road; others were cutting branches from the trees and spreading them on the road.9 Then the crowds who went ahead of Him and those who followed kept shouting: Hosanna to the Son of David! He who comes in the name of the Lord is the blessed One! Hosanna in the highest heaven! 10 When He entered Jerusalem, the whole city was shaken, saying, “Who is this?” 11 And the crowds kept saying, “This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee!”

Mark 11:1-11 The Triumphal Entry Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

1 When they approached Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany near the Mount of Olives, He sent two of His disciples 2 and told them, “Go into the village ahead of you. As soon as you enter it, you will find a young donkey tied there, on which no one has ever sat. Untie it and bring it here. 3 If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it and will send it back here right away.’”4 So they went and found a young donkey outside in the street, tied by a door. They untied it, 5 and some of those standing there said to them, “What are you doing, untying the donkey?” 6 They answered them just as Jesus had said, so they let them go. 7 Then they brought the donkey to Jesus and threw their robes on it, and He sat on it.8 Many people spread their robes on the road, and others spread leafy branches cut from the fields. 9 Then those who went ahead and those who followed kept shouting: Hosanna! He who comes in the name of the Lord is the blessed One! 10 The coming kingdom of our father David is blessed! Hosanna in the highest heaven! 11 And He went into Jerusalem and into the temple complex. After looking around at everything, since it was already late, He went out to Bethany with the Twelve.

Luke 19:28-40 The Triumphal Entry Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

28 When He had said these things, He went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. 29 As He approached Bethphage and Bethany, at the place called the Mount of Olives, He sent two of the disciples 30 and said, “Go into the village ahead of you. As you enter it, you will find a young donkey tied there, on which no one has ever sat. Untie it and bring it here. 31 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ say this: ‘The Lord needs it.’”32 So those who were sent left and found it just as He had told them.33 As they were untying the young donkey, its owners said to them, “Why are you untying the donkey?” 34 “The Lord needs it,” they said. 35 Then they brought it to Jesus, and after throwing their robes on the donkey, they helped Jesus get on it.36 As He was going along, they were spreading their robes on the road.37 Now He came near the path down the Mount of Olives, and the whole crowd of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the miracles they had seen: 38 The King who comes in the name of the Lord is the blessed One. Peace in heaven and glory in the highest heaven! 39 Some of the Pharisees from the crowd told Him, “Teacher, rebuke Your disciples.” 40 He answered, “I tell you, if they were to keep silent, the stones would cry out!”

John 12:12-19 The Triumphal Entry Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

12 The next day, when the large crowd that had come to the festival heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, 13 they took palm branches and went out to meet Him. They kept shouting: “Hosanna! He who comes in the name of the Lord is the blessed One—the King of Israel!” 14 Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, just as it is written: 15 Fear no more, Daughter Zion. Look, your King is coming, sitting on a donkey’s colt. 16 His disciples did not understand these things at first. However, when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things had been written about Him and that they had done these things to Him.17 Meanwhile, the crowd, which had been with Him when He called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead, continued to testify. 18 This is also why the crowd met Him, because they heard He had done this sign. 19 Then the Pharisees said to one another, “You see? You’ve accomplished nothing. Look—the world has gone after Him!”

The Tribulation – Part 1

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” I will magnify Myself, sanctify Myself, and make Myself known in the sight of many nations; and they will know that I am the Lord.”’ (Ezekiel 38:23)

Part 1 – The Tribulation

Much has been said about the time of the tribulation. We will take an honest look at a future time where nobody will want to be present. Let’s consider two verses of scripture.

Matthew 24:21 New American Standard Bible (NASB) (33 A.D.)

21 For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will.

Jeremiah 30:7 New American Standard Bible (NASB) (606 B.C.)

7 ‘Alas! for that day is great, There is none like it; And it is the time of Jacob’s distress, But he will be saved from it.

The situation of the tribulation is brought to our attention by the prayer of the prophet Daniel for his people, Israel. He refers to a prior prophecy of the prophet Jeremiah (606 B.C.) which relates to the 70 weeks (weeks of years) that is discussed in Daniel’s prophecy (553 B.C.) The seventieth week of Daniel relates to the time of tribulation.

Daniel 9:2 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

2 in the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, observed in the books the number of the years which was revealed as the word of the Lord to Jeremiah the prophet for the completion of the desolations of Jerusalem, namely, seventy years.

Now, let’s pick up the story.

Daniel 9:1-19 New American Standard Bible (NASB) Notice that Daniel’s prayer relates to the sins of Israel.

Daniel’s Prayer for His People

9 In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, of Median descent, who was made king over the kingdom of the Chaldeans— 2 in the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, observed in the books the number of the years which was revealed as the word of the Lord to Jeremiah the prophet for the completion of the desolations of Jerusalem, namely,seventy years. 3 So I gave my attention to the Lord God to seek Him by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth and ashes. 4 I prayed to the Lord my God and confessed and said, “Alas, O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant and loving kindness for those who love Him and keep His commandments, 5 we have sinned, committed iniquity, acted wickedly and rebelled, even turning aside from Your commandments and ordinances. 6 Moreover, we have not listened to Your servants the prophets, who spoke in Your name to our kings, our princes, our fathers and all the people of the land.

11 Indeed all Israel has transgressed Your law and turned aside, not obeying Your voice; so the curse has been poured out on us, along with the oath which is written in the law of Moses the servant of God, for we have sinned against Him.

12 Thus He has confirmed His words which He had spoken against us and against our rulers who ruled us, to bring on us great calamity; for under the whole heaven there has not been done anything like what was done to Jerusalem.

15 “And now, O Lord our God, who have brought Your people out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand and have made a name for Yourself, as it is this day—we have sinned, we have been wicked.

19 O Lord, hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, listen and take action! For Your own sake, O my God, do not delay, because Your city and Your people are called by Your name.”

Daniel 9:20-23 New American Standard Bible (NASB) Notice that the angel brings an answer to the prayer of Daniel that relates to the people of Israel.

Gabriel Brings an Answer

20 Now while I was speaking and praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the Lord my God in behalf of the holy mountain of my God, 21 while I was still speaking in prayer, then the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision previously, came to me in my extreme weariness about the time of the evening offering. 22 He gave me instruction and talked with me and said, “O Daniel, I have now come forth to give you insight with understanding. 23 At the beginning of your supplications the command was issued, and I have come to tell you, for you are highly esteemed; so give heed to the message and gain understanding of the vision.

Daniel 9:24-27 tells the purpose of the time of tribulation that will come upon Israel and will affect all people who remain on the Earth when the judgments begin. It is important to jump ahead in scripture and take a quick look at the people who are living on the earth at the time of the tribulation, and how “all of them” will be affected by the judgment that God will cause to come “upon the whole earth.” We must also consider God in this matter. We are aware that God’s Holy Spirit “courted” those of us which came to know Jesus as our Savior. We know that Jesus is our (the church) bridegroom and that all believers in Christ are the bride of Christ. We also need to consider the extent of the love that the “Bridegroom” has demonstrated for us which are the “Bride Of Christ.” (We will discuss Daniel 9:24-27 in Part 2 of this study)

Ephesians 5:25 New American Standard Bible (NASB) The extent to which Jesus showed His love for us, the bride of Christ, is that He protected us from an eternity of Hell by dying for us. Are we to think that He is going to subject us, His bride, to “any” of the three sets of judgments that He will create to come upon all who dwell on the earth?

25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her,

Revelation 1:7 New American Standard Bible (NASB) This verse shows that when Jesus returns to earth, it will be a time that all who dwell on the earth will fear Him. No one will be glad to see our Lord. (Can you imagine a situation where any believer in Christ will fear His return to earth?) Jesus will be coming to commit those who dwell on the earth to judgment. This verse says nothing about Jesus coming to save those who dwell on the earth. Those who love Jesus will not be present on the earth at “the second coming” of Christ. They will have been removed from the earth when Jesus comes “in the air:” to catch up his bride; to carry her away; to keep her from the time of testing that will come upon all that are left on the earth. (1 Thes 4:16-17).

7 Behold, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the tribes of the earth will mourn over Him. So it is to be. Amen.

Revelation 3:10 New American Standard Bible (NASB) This verse deals with a time of testing; a time that will come upon the whole world; that will test all who “dwell on the earth.” We, who have been born again and have the Spirit of God dwelling within our spirits, will be “kept from,” not “kept through,” that testing. We, who have been born again, have passed the test; we have accepted Christ as our Lord and Savior. No sin remains within our spirits; the Spirit of God (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) remains within our spirits (John 14:20; 2 Cor 5:17; Col 1:27; 1 John 1:5). In Daniel 7:24, we will see the reason for the tribulation; we believers do not fit into the target that God has said will come under His judgment (see below). As we proceed through Revelation the words “earth dwellers” relate to those who have been left behind when the catching up of the saints of Christ takes place. They are those who oppose any Person of God.

10 Because you have kept the word of My perseverance, I also will keep you from the hour of testing, that hour which is about to come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.

Revelation 5:1-2 New American Standard Bible (NASB) This verse immediately precedes the three sets of judgment that will come upon “those who dwell on the earth; “all of those” who dwell on the earth! But, what about Jesus, the Bridegroom, who protects His bride (time to think). Judgment will come in the forms of Seal Judgments, Trumpet Judgments, and Bowl Judgments. As we will see Jesus, the Lamb of God, will cause “all who dwell on the earth” to be the targets of His judgments. Jesus is in charge. He is making all of these things happen. The question in this verse is: “who is worthy to open the book and to break its seals?” We shall see.

The Book with Seven Seals

1 I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a book written inside and on the back, sealed up with seven seals. 2 And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the book and to break its seals?”

Revelation 5:5 New American Standard Bible (NASB) In this verse we see that Jesus, the Lion that is from tribe of Judah, will open the book and its seven seals.

5 and one of the elders *said to me, “Stop weeping; behold, the Lion that is from the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has overcome so as to open the book and its seven seals.”

Revelation 6:1-2 New American Standard Bible (NASB) In this verse we see that Jesus opens the first of the seven seal judgments. The result is the appearance of the Anti-Christ. Remember that it is Jesus who is causing all of these horrible judgments to come upon “all who dwell on the earth.” In the first seal we see a false peace being proclaimed.

The First Seal—Rider on White Horse

1 Then I saw when the Lamb broke one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures saying as with a voice of thunder, “Come.” 2 I looked, and behold, a white horse, and he who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer.

Revelation 6:3-4 New American Standard Bible (NASB) Jesus opens the second seal of War.

The Second Seal—War

3 When He broke the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, “Come.” 4 And another, a red horse, went out; and to him who sat on it, it was granted to take peace from the earth, and that men would slay one another; and a great sword was given to him.

Revelation 6:5-6 New American Standard Bible (NASB) Jesus break the third seal of Famine.

The Third Seal—Famine

5 When He broke the third seal, I heard the third living creature saying, “Come.” I looked, and behold, a black horse; and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand. 6 And I heard something like a voice in the center of the four living creatures saying, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not damage the oil and the wine.”

Revelation 6:7-8 New American Standard Bible (NASB) Jesus breaks the fourth seal of Death. See John 14:1-3, 1 Cor 15:50-54; 1 Thes 4:13-18. These three verses tell us about Jesus coming to “take his saints away” from the earth. The word “rapture” is the meaning of the “catching away” of the saints. The second coming of Christ talks about Jesus coming back to earth; to stand on the earth; to judge those who mistreated Israel during the tribulation (Matthew 24-25). Those who are “earth dwellers” will face certain death at the hand of the Anti-Christ if they do not deny Christ.

The Fourth Seal—Death

7 When the Lamb broke the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, “Come.” 8 I looked, and behold, an ashen horse; and he who sat on it had the name Death; and Hades was following with him. Authority was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by the wild beasts of the earth.

John 14:1-3 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

“1 Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. 3 If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.

1 Corinthians 15:50-54 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

50 Now I say this, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.51 Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 53 For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, “Death is swallowed up in victory.

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

13 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope.14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus. 15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.

Revelation 6:9-11 New American Standard Bible (NASB) During the tribulation some of those whom were left behind will accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior. When Jesus breaks the fifth seal, death will come to many martyrs at the hand of the Anti-Christ. Those martyrs are they who did not know Jesus as Lord and Savior; were not born again; did not have the Spirit of Father, Son, Holy Spirit dwelling within their spirits prior to the catching up of the saints/the rapture of the church, prior to the tribulation and the outpouring of the judgments of Christ/The Lion Of The Tribe Of Judah.

The Fifth Seal—Martyrs

9 When the Lamb broke the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God, and because of the testimony which they had maintained; 10 and they cried out with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, will You refrain from judging and avenging our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” 11 And there was given to each of them a white robe; and they were told that they should rest for a little while longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brethren who were to be killed even as they had been, would be completed also.

Revelation 6:12-17 New American Standard Bible (NASB) Jesus breaks the sixth seal that brings great cosmic disturbances upon the earth. There is a teaching that God’s people will be subject to the seal judgments during the first half of the tribulation. That teaching is the “pre-wrath” rapture. But, in verse 16 we see that all of these six seal judgments are “from the wrath of the Lamb.” The people who are suffering from the “wrath of the Lamb” say that they are suffering from the wrath of the Lamb; it is a matter of fact of that which is happening to them. Those earth dwellers are so traumatized from the suffering of the six seals, that they want to die. They want the rocks to fall on them, to keep them from Jesus and His wrath.

The Sixth Seal – Cosmic Disturbances

12 I looked when He broke the sixth seal, and there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth made of hair, and the whole moon became like blood; 13 and the stars of the sky fell to the earth, as a fig tree casts its unripe figs when shaken by a great wind.14 The sky was split apart like a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. 15 Then the kings of the earth and the great men and the commanders and the rich and the strong and every slave and free man hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains; 16 and they *said to the mountains and to the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the presence of Him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb; 17 for the great day of their wrath has come, and who is able to stand?”

We must be honest about the extent of the judgments of Christ; that he is in charge of each and every seal judgment that is terrorizing “those who dwell on the earth,” and of the trumpet and bowl judgments which will follow. We must ask why the “Bridegroom of bridegrooms” would put His bride in the midst of all of the deception, war, famine, death, martyrdom and cosmic disturbances that will plague “those who dwell on the earth.” Remember the words of Ephesians 5:25.

Ephesians 5:25 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her,”

More is to come.

The Calendar Of The LORD (March – June)

“God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” John 4:24 (Holman Christian Standard Bible).

Those who worship God “in spirit and truth” do so, not at any particular time, day or place. Spirit and truth worship is a result of an intimate relationship with God. (See the comments on “God, Elohim, Theos, Word and Logos at the bottom of the page.)

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Christians and Jews are entering a very exciting time of year. There are dates on the calendar that we should keep in mind. The event that is known by the world as “Easter,” is one that I will say, “please don’t say Easter!” I will explain why it should be known as Resurrection Sunday. The dates that are important to the world of Christians and Jews are as follows

March 23 Purim – Wednesday Sundown – March 24 Thursday Sundown

March 27 Resurrection Sunday (Don’t say Easter!)

April 22 Passover/Feast Of Unleavened Bread – Friday Sundown – April 30 Saturday Sundown

May 5 Ascension Day

May 8 Ascension Sunday

May 15 Pentecost Sunday

June 11 Shavuot/Feast Of Pentecost – Saturday Sundown – June 13 Monday Sundown

Updates will be published prior to each day, or days, as listed above.

The days of Resurrection Sunday, Ascension Day, Ascension Sunday, and Pentecost relate to Christ and The Church. Additionally. there is also a “Feast Of Pentecost, which is known as Shavuot,” and is one of the feasts of The LORD. The Feasts Of The LORD will be shown to also have great significance to the Church.

The Holy Days of the LORD, as given to the Israelites, are prefaced by the following verse of scripture, Leviticus 23:1-3, Holman Christian Standard Bible.

Leviticus 23:1-3

1 The LORD spoke to Moses: 2“Speak to the Israelites and tell them: These are My appointed times, the times of the LORD that you will proclaim as sacred assemblies.
3“Work may be done for six days, but on the seventh day there must be a Sabbath of complete rest, a sacred assembly. You are not to do any work; it is a Sabbath to the LORD wherever you live..

From the Hebrew Lexicon, we see the proper way that “LORD” is used in each verse, and that it is referenced by Strong’s number 3068. Notice the spelling and upper case of LORD, and the pronunciation.

NASB Lexicon

The LORD יְהוָ֖ה Yah·weh 3068 the proper name of the God of Israel from havah

Yhvh: the proper name of the God of Israel
Original Word: יְהֹוָה
Part of Speech: Proper Name
Transliteration: Yhvh
Phonetic Spelling: (yeh-ho-vaw’)
Short Definition: LORD
NAS Exhaustive Concordance 3068 Yah-wehWord Origin
from havah
Definition
the proper name of the God of Israel
NASB Translation
GOD (314), LORD (6399), LORD’S (111).
Brown-Driver-Briggs 3068
יהוהc. 6823 i.e. יַהְוֶה
proper name, of deity Yahweh, the proper name of the God of Israel — (

Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary

23:1-3 In this chapter we have the institution of holy times; many of which have been mentioned before. Though the yearly feasts were made more remarkable by general attendance at the sanctuary, yet these must not be observed more than the sabbath. On that day they must withdraw from all business of the world. It is a sabbath of rest, typifying spiritual rest from sin, and rest in God. God’s sabbaths are to be religiously observed in every private house, by every family apart, as well as by families together, in holy assemblies. The sabbath of the Lord in our dwellings will be their beauty, strength, and safety; it will sanctify, build up, and glorify them.

DISCUSSION: God, Elohim, Theos, Word, Logos

John 4:24 2316 theós (of unknown origin) – properly, God, the Creator and owner of all things (Jn 1:3; Gen 1 – 3).
[Long before the NT was written, 2316 (theós) referred to the supreme being who owns and sustains all things.]

Genesis 1:1-3 – God – Elohim – 430
Brown-Driver-Briggs – plural in number

God אֱלֹהִ֑ים e·lo·him; 430 God, god

John 1:1 Word – 3056 lógos (from 3004 /légō, “speaking to a conclusion”) – a word, being the expression of a thought; a saying. 3056 /lógos (“word”) is preeminently used of Christ (Jn 1:1), expressing the thoughts of the Father through the Spirit.
[3056 (lógos) is a common term (used 330 times in the NT) with regards to a person sharing a message (discourse, “communication-speech”). 3056 (lógos) is a broad term meaning “reasoning expressed by words.”]

John 1:1 God – 2316 theós (of unknown origin) – properly, God, the Creator and owner of all things (Jn 1:3; Gen 1 – 3).
[Long before the NT was written, 2316 (theós) referred to the supreme being who owns and sustains all things.]

Seventh, Sabbath, Shabbat, Sholom

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The time is quickly approaching the onset of the Lord’s Sabbath, or should I say that the Lord’s Sabbath is quickly approaching all of the creation of God, Elohim. In my part of the world, which is Friday afternoon, the Lord’s Sabbath will arrive in about two hours, at sundown, and will last until Saturday afternoon at sundown. Consider Genesis 1:1. In order for me to show that there is no attack on the King James Bible, I have included seven other respected translations. If anyone can see such an attack, please share those details with me. You will also see the Hebrew Word for God being Elohim, with it being identified by Strong’s reference number 430. You will also see that God, Elohim, is shown in plural form. Such applications of plurality (not more than one God, but a triune God, with three separate personalities in one) are shown in Genesis 1:2 and Genesis 1:26. The end result is God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit, from whom our world was created.

God אֱלֹהִ֑ים e·lo·him; 430 God, god pl. of eloah

Parallel Verses – Genesis 1:1

New International Version
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

New Living Translation
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

English Standard Version
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.

New American Standard Bible
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

King James Bible
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

International Standard Version
In the beginning, God created the universe.

NET Bible
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

elohim: God, god
Original Word: אֱלֹהִים
Part of Speech: Noun Masculine
Transliteration: elohim
Phonetic Spelling: (el-o-heem’)
Short Definition: God

Word Origin
pl. of eloah
Definition
God, god
NASB Translation
divine (1), divine being (1), exceedingly (1), God (2326), god (45), God’s (14), goddess (2), godly (1), gods (204), great (2), judges (3), mighty (2), rulers (1), shrine* (1).

Parallel Verses Genesis 1:2 – See Spirit of God 7307, veruach (pronounced “roo-akh)

New International Version
Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

New Living Translation
The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.

English Standard Version
The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

New American Standard Bible
The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters.

King James Bible
And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness covered the surface of the watery depths, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.

International Standard Version
When the earth was as yet unformed and desolate, with the surface of the ocean depths shrouded in darkness, and while the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters,

NET Bible
Now the earth was without shape and empty, and darkness was over the surface of the watery deep, but the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the water.

and the Spirit וְר֣וּחַ ve·ru·ach 7307 breath, wind, spirit from an unused word
of God אֱלֹהִ֔ים e·lo·him, 430 God, god pl. of eloah

ruach: breath, wind, spirit
Original Word: ר֫וּחַ
Part of Speech: Noun Feminine
Transliteration: ruach
Phonetic Spelling: (roo’-akh)
Short Definition: spirit

NAS Exhaustive Concordance
Word Origin
from an unused word
Definition
breath, wind, spirit
NASB Translation
air (2), anger (1), blast (2), breath (31), breathless* (1), cool (1), courage (1), despondency* (1), exposed (1), grief* (1), heart (1), inspired (1), mind (3), motives (1), points (1), quick-tempered* (1), side (4), sides (2), Spirit (76), spirit (127), spirits (3), strength (1), temper (2), thoughts* (1), trustworthy* (1), wind (98), winds (7), windy (2), wrath (1).

Parallel Verses Genesis 1:26 “let us” -“in our” – “to our”

New International Version
Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

New Living Translation
Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth, and the small animals that scurry along the ground.”

English Standard Version
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

New American Standard Bible
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

King James Bible
And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness. They will rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, the livestock, all the earth, and the creatures that crawl on the earth.”

International Standard Version
Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, to be like us. Let them be masters over the fish in the ocean, the birds that fly, the livestock, everything that crawls on the earth, and over the earth itself!”

NET Bible
Then God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, after our likeness, so they may rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move on the earth.”

Then God אֱלֹהִ֔ים e·lo·him, 430 God, god pl. of eloah
said, וַיֹּ֣אמֶר vai·yo·mer 559 to utter, say a prim. root
“Let Us make נַֽעֲשֶׂ֥ה na·’a·seh 6213a do, make a prim. root
man אָדָ֛ם a·dam 120 man, mankind from an unused word
in Our image, בְּצַלְמֵ֖נוּ be·tzal·me·nu 6754 an image from an unused word
according to Our likeness; כִּדְמוּתֵ֑נוּ kid·mu·te·nu; 1823 likeness, similitude from damah

Consider the creation, day by day for six days, with the identifying phrase: ”

And the evening and the morning were the first day. (Gen 1:5)
And the evening and the morning were the second day. (Gen 1:8)
And the evening and the morning were the third day. (Gen 1:13)
And the evening and the morning were the fourth day. (Gen 1:19)
And the evening and the morning were the fifth day. (Gen 1:23)
And the evening and the morning were the sixth day. (Gen 1:31)

But, there was a qualifier in the first part of Gen 1:31: “And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.”

Notice there was not interruption in the creation of any day to the next day.

Now, let’s lead into the “Seventh Day,” which is called “the seventh day,” and not the Sabbath (at this time in creation). The date that is provided by the Scofield Study Bible is 4004 B.C.

King James Bible Genesis 2:1-3

The Seventh Day: God Rests

(Exodus 16:22-36; Hebrews 4:1-11)

1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. 2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. 3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.

Notice in verse 3, the word “seventh.” Notice the Hebrew form of “seventh.”

NASB Lexicon – Gen 2:3 – “ha-she-vi-i – number 7637 – pronounced “sheb-ee-ee” meaning “seventh.”
NASB © Hebrew Transliteration Strong’s Definition Origin
Then God אֱלֹהִים֙ e·lo·him 430 God, god pl. of eloah
blessed וַיְבָ֤רֶךְ vay·va·rech 1288 to kneel, bless a prim. root
the seventh הַשְּׁבִיעִ֔י ha·she·vi·’i, 7637 seventh (an ord. number)

shebii or shebiith: seventh (an ordinal number)
Original Word: שְׁבִיעִי
Part of Speech: Adjective
Transliteration: shebii or shebiith
Phonetic Spelling: (sheb-ee-ee’)
Short Definition: seventh
Word Origin
from sheba
Definition
seventh (an ord. number)
NASB Translation
fourth (1), seventh (96), seventh year (1).

Let’s go to Exodus 16 and consider the first Sabbath. Its date is 1491 B.C., or about 2513 years after the first mention of the seventh day. It was at this time that God told Moses to tell the Israelites to observe the Sabbath (vs 23). It was the time that God gave the Sabbath to the Jews to keep (vs 28-29). It was at this time that the Jews rested on the seventh day (vs 30).

The Sabbath Observed

22 Now on the sixth day they gathered twice as much bread, two omers for each one. When all the leaders of the congregation came and told Moses, 23 then he said to them, “This is what the LORD meant: Tomorrow is a sabbath observance, a holy sabbath to the LORD. Bake what you will bake and boil what you will boil, and all that is left over put aside to be kept until morning.” 24 So they put it aside until morning, as Moses had ordered, and it did not become foul nor was there any worm in it. 25 Moses said, “Eat it today, for today is a sabbath to the LORD; today you will not find it in the field. 26“Six days you shall gather it, but on the seventh day, the sabbath, there will be none.”
27 It came about on the seventh day that some of the people went out to gather, but they found none. 28 Then the LORD said to Moses, “How long do you refuse to keep My commandments and My instructions? 29“See, the LORD has given you the sabbath; therefore He gives you bread for two days on the sixth day. Remain every man in his place; let no man go out of his place on the seventh day.” 30So the people rested on the seventh day.

Let’s go to Exodus 31 for signs of the Sabbath. God tells the Israelites that the Sabbath is a sign between Him and the Israelites (vs 13); the Sabbath is to be observed by the Jews, because it is holy to them (vs 14); that God created the world in six days (vs 17); that the sabbath is a perpetual covenant between God and Israel (vs 18). It is important to know that the Sabbath is special to the Jews, and was given by God to the Jews to keep. It is also important to remember that because God created the Sabbath, and that He made it Holy, it is also Holy to all of His creation.

The Sign of the Sabbath

12 The LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 13“But as for you, speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘You shall surely observe My sabbaths; for this is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I am the LORD who sanctifies you. 14‘Therefore you are to observe the sabbath, for it is holy to you. Everyone who profanes it shall surely be put to death; for whoever does any work on it, that person shall be cut off from among his people. 15‘For six days work may be done, but on the seventh day there is a sabbath of complete rest, holy to the LORD; whoever does any work on the sabbath day shall surely be put to death. 16‘So the sons of Israel shall observe the sabbath, to celebrate the sabbath throughout their generations as a perpetual covenant.’ 17“It is a sign between Me and the sons of Israel forever; for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, but on the seventh day He ceased from labor, and was refreshed.”

Let’s go to Exodus 19 and consider God preparing to give the Law to the Israelites. The subjects of this passage is God, Moses, Aaron, the Israelites…..and…..nobody else.

The LORD Visits Sinai

18 Now Mount Sinai was all in smoke because the LORD descended upon it in fire; and its smoke ascended like the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mountain quaked violently. 19 When the sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder, Moses spoke and God answered him with thunder. 20 The LORD came down on Mount Sinai, to the top of the mountain; and the LORD called Moses to the top of the mountain, and Moses went up. 21 Then the LORD spoke to Moses, “Go down, warn the people, so that they do not break through to the LORD to gaze, and many of them perish. 22“Also let the priests who come near to the LORD consecrate themselves, or else the LORD will break out against them.” 23 Moses said to the LORD, “The people cannot come up to Mount Sinai, for You warned us, saying, ‘Set bounds about the mountain and consecrate it.’” 24 Then the LORD said to him, “Go down and come up again, you and Aaron with you; but do not let the priests and the people break through to come up to the LORD, or He will break forth upon them.” 25 So Moses went down to the people and told them.

Let’s go to Exodus 20 and consider God giving the Law to the Israelites. Notice that the only ones who were present were God, Moses, Aaron, and the Israelites. In verse 22 God reminds the Israelites that He spoke to them from Heaven. The total law is 613 commands, which is known as the 613 Torah Laws. They were designed to teach (Torah means teaching) the Jews how to be civil toward each other, and to prepare a holy people to bring a holy Messiah into the world (Deu 7:6, John 4:22). There are also laws of conscience that were present in the minds of people ever since the creation. Murder, Cain and Able (Gen 4:8-15); sexual immorality, Sodom and Gomorrah (Sodom=sodomy), (Gen 19:1-29). The Law was given to the Jews; no one else was around! The world had been widely populated by this time. Consider that conscience is a gift to everyone (even unsaved people know that it is wrong to take the life of some other person).

1 Then God spoke all these words, saying,
2“I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.
3“You shall have no other gods before Me.
4“You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth. 5“You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me, 6 but showing loving kindness to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.
7“You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain.
8“Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9“Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath of the LORD your God; in it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter, your male or your female servant or your cattle or your sojourner who stays with you. 11“For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day and made it holy.
12“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the LORD your God gives you.
13“You shall not murder.
14“You shall not commit adultery.
15“You shall not steal.
16“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
17“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife or his male servant or his female servant or his ox or his donkey or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”
18 All the people perceived the thunder and the lightning flashes and the sound of the trumpet and the mountain smoking; and when the people saw it, they trembled and stood at a distance. 19 Then they said to Moses, “Speak to us yourself and we will listen; but let not God speak to us, or we will die.” 20 Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid; for God has come in order to test you, and in order that the fear of Him may remain with you, so that you may not sin.” 21 So the people stood at a distance, while Moses approached the thick cloud where God was.
22 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘You yourselves have seen that I have spoken to you from heaven. 23‘You shall not make other gods besides Me; gods of silver or gods of gold, you shall not make for yourselves. 24‘You shall make an altar of earth for Me, and you shall sacrifice on it your burnt offerings and your peace offerings, your sheep and your oxen; in every place where I cause My name to be remembered, I will come to you and bless you. 25‘If you make an altar of stone for Me, you shall not build it of cut stones, for if you wield your tool on it, you will profane it. 26‘And you shall not go up by steps to My altar, so that your nakedness will not be exposed on it.’

In summary:

The seventh day is “only” the seventh day. The Sabbath Day is “only” the Sabbath Day that occurs “only” on the seventh day. No other day of the week can be made into the Sabbath. The descendants of Israel were the only people who were present when God gave the Sabbath Day to the Jews for keeping (Exodus 31:16; Exodus 1:1-11 and 19:1 through Exodus 20:8). The subject of Exodus is the deliverance of Israel by God from a tyrannical Egyptian leader. Of the descendants of Shem through Abraham, only the descendants of Jacob, the Israelites, were present in the book of Exodus. None of the descendants of Ham or Japheth were present in the book of Exodus. (Noah was the father of Shem, Ham and Japheth…Genesis 9:18; 10:1). Remember that the army of Egypt was chasing the Israelites; no other groups of people were mentioned as joining the fleeing Jews to also be chased by the murderous Egyptians (who would soon became fish food in the Red Sea!).

May it be said again. The Sabbath is special to God, and to the Jews. It is also special to every other group of people because,”God made it special; He made it holy.” Consider how we can keep the Sabbath Holy.

“Shabbat Shalom”

‘Shabbat’ means ‘sabbath’ – so, the seventh day of the week when the Torah instructs the Jewish people to do no work on that day, but rather rest.

‘Shalom’ means ‘peace’ – in the sense of ‘the peace of God’, or something to that effect. By itself, it is a common greeting in Hebrew.

So, saying ‘Shabbat Shalom’ to someone is an expression of your wish for them to enjoy and experience that peace on Shabbat.

Names Of God – Jehovah

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Note: You may notice a swaying of emotions while you read this post.

The word Jehovah has been said to be the true name of God. But, from the following search of that name, it was found to be included in only the King James Bible and American Standard Bible translations. Check out the following data of research and see the list of well-know translations, to include the liberal RSV and NRSV, that do not use the word Jehovah. Notice that the Complete Jewish Bible does not use the word Jehovah. As was said in one of my recent articles, the word “Jehovah” is not the first word for God in the Bible, but is “Elohim.” Outside of the KJV and liberal ASV, the word Jehovah is not used in scripture. The purpose for the information on the ASV, RSV, and NRSV is to show their liberal writing bias. Still, only of those three liberal translations, only the ASV uses the word “Jehovah” for “God.” Consider the way that Isaiah 7:14 is translated in the RSV and NSRV. Amazingly, the ASV uses the word “virgin” instead of young woman. This may be because of the closeness in date of the ASV to the KJV and the fact that the liberal attempt to overthrown sound doctrine of the Bible had not yet infected the ASV, which may have also been due to the time in history of the ASV writing. There were also conflicts between the British and American members of the translation team. Still, many people use the word Jehovah for God. So, in the spirit of love, the video for this post matches that name.

In the spirit of the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20), the accompanying video is that of Ukrainian Christians, who are singing “He Is Jehovah.” The choir is singing in their native language, but certain words of the song are easily understood. The people of Ukraine (not “The” Ukraine) are believers in Christ Jesus largely due to the spread of the Gospel by Titus (2 Timothy 4:10). Titus was a companion of the Apostle Paul while he was in jail in Rome awaiting execution. Titus was not even an Apostle but, Paul sent him to Dalmatia, which became Yugoslavia, and is now Croatia, which is a close neighbor of Ukraine which borders Russia. This post will go to some of my internet friends who reside in Ukraine. My soul is deeply stirred when I listen to the Ukrainian choir. I think about the danger that faces them everyday of their life. Let us pray for the people of Ukraine, some of whom are Christian missionaries.

Isaiah 7:14

RSV – “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, a young woman shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Imman′u-el.”

NRSV – “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel.”

“Jehovah” used in popular Bible translations.

Jehovah Used In KJV

Genesis 22:14 And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the Lord it shall be seen.

Other verses containing “Jehovah” in KJV

Exodus 6:3
Exodus 17:15
Judges 6:24
Psalm 83:18
Isaiah 12:2
Isaiah 26:4

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Exodus (2)
Judges (1)
Psalm (1)
Isaiah (2)

Jehovah Used In American Standard Version

Genesis 2:4 These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that Jehovah-God made earth and heaven.

Genesis 2:5 And no plant of the field was yet in the earth, and no herb of the field had yet sprung up; for Jehovah God had not caused it to rain upon the earth: and there was not a man to till the ground;

Genesis 2:7 And Jehovah God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

Genesis 2:8 And Jehovah God planted a garden eastward, in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.

Genesis 2:9 And out of the ground made Jehovah God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

Genesis 2:15 And Jehovah God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.

Genesis 2:16 And Jehovah God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:

Genesis 2:18 And Jehovah God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a help meet for him.

Genesis 2:19 And out of the ground Jehovah God formed every beast of the field, and every bird of the heavens; and brought them unto the man to see what he would call them: and whatsoever the man called every living creature, that was the name thereof.

Genesis 2:21 And Jehovah God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof:

Genesis 2:22 and the rib, which Jehovah God had taken from the man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.

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Zephaniah (27)
Haggai (24)
Zechariah (102)
Malachi (39)

Jehovah Used In New King James Version

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Jehovah Used In English Standard Bible

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Jehovah Used In New International Version

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Jehovah Used In Holman Christian Standard Bible

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Jehovah Used In Revised Standard Bible

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Jehovah Used In Complete Jewish Bible

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Consider the following details of Bible translation as they relate to the ASV, RSV, and NRSV

Notice the reason for Jehovah’s Witnesses using the ASV.

Please notice that not all Baptist groups are conservative.

From Bible Study Tools (ASV). The Revised Version, Standard American Edition of the Bible, more commonly known as the American Standard Version (ASV), is a revision of the King James Version and was released in 1901. It was originally best known by its full name, but soon came to have other names, such as the American Revised Version, the American Standard Revision, the American Standard Revised Bible, and the American Standard Edition. By the time its copyright was renewed in 1929, it had finally come to be known by its present name, the American Standard Version. Because of its prominence in seminaries, however, it was sometimes simply called the “Standard Bible”.

From Bible Study Tools (RSV) The Revised Standard Version (RSV) is a comprehensive revision of the King James Version, the Revised Version of 1881-1885, and the American Standard Version of 1901, published in stages around the middle of the 20th century. It aims to present a literally accurate translation of the Bible in modern English. The panel of scholars who worked on the translation used the 17th edition of the Nestle-Aland Greek text for the New Testament, and the traditional Hebrew Masoretic Text for the Old Testament. However, they amended the Hebrew in a number of places. In the Book of Isaiah, they sometimes followed readings found in the then newly discovered Dead Sea Scrolls.

The RSV New Testament was published on February 11, 1946. In his presentation speech to the International Council of Religious Education, Luther Weigle, dean of the translation committee, explained that he wanted the RSV to supplement and not supplant the King James and American Standard Versions.

In 1950, the Council merged with the Federal Council of Churches to form the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA. The RSV copyright was assigned to the new Council’s Division of Christian Education.

From Bible Study Bible Tools (NRSV). The New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) first appeared in 1989, and has received wide acclaim and broad support from academics and church leaders as a Bible for all Christians.

The NRSV Bible Translation Committee consists of thirty men and women who are among the top scholars in America today. They come from Protestant denominations, the Roman Catholic church, and the Greek Orthodox Church. The committee also includes a Jewish scholar.

Standing in the tradition of the RSV, which was the only major English translation that included both the standard Protestant canon and the books that are traditionally used by Roman Catholic and Orthodox Christians (the so-called “Apocryphal” or “Deuterocanonical” books), the NRSV is available in three formats: a standard edition with or without the Apocrypha, a Roman Catholic Edition, which has the so-called “Apocryphal” or “Deuterocanonical” books in the Roman Catholic canonical order, and The Common Bible, which includes all books that belong to the Protestant, Roman Catholic, and Orthodox canons.

From Wikipedia: The American Standard Version (ASV) is rooted in the work that was done with the Revised Version (RV) (a late 19th century British revision of the King James Version of 1611). In 1870, an invitation was extended to American religious leaders for scholars to work on the RV project. A year later, Protestant theologian Philip Schaff chose 30 scholars representing the denominations of Baptist, Congregationalist, Dutch Reformed, Friends, Methodist, Episcopal, Presbyterian, Protestant Episcopal, and Unitarian. These scholars began work in 1872.

The RV New Testament was released In 1881; the Old Testament was published in 1885. The ASV was published in 1901 by Thomas Nelson & Sons. In 1928, the International Council of Religious Education (the body that later merged with the Federal Council of Churches to form the National Council of Churches) acquired the copyright from Nelson and renewed it the following year.

From Wikipedia. The New Revised Standard Version was translated by the Division of Christian Education (now Bible Translation and Utilization) of the National Council of Churches. The group included scholars representing Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant Christian groups as well as Jewish representation in the group responsible for the Hebrew Scriptures or Old Testament. The mandate given the committee was summarized in a dictum: “As literal as possible, as free as necessary.”

From Wikipedia. The New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) of the Christian Bible is an English translation released in 1989. It is an updated revision of the Revised Standard Version, which was itself an update of the American Standard Version.

Usage by Jehovah’s Witnesses

The ASV has been used for many years by the Jehovah’s Witnesses. The reasons for their choosing of the ASV were twofold: its usage of “Jehovah” as the Divine Name, which was congruent with their Joseph Franklin Rutherford doctrine, and they derived their name from Isaiah 43.10, 12, both of which contain the phrase, “Ye are my witnesses, saith Jehovah.” Also, there was a perception that the ASV had improved the translation of some verses in the King James Version, and in other places it reduced the verses that they found to be erroneously translated in the KJV to mere footnotes, removed from the main text altogether.

Jehovah’s Witnesses’ publishing organization, Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania, had printed its own edition of the King James Version since 1926, but did not obtain the rights to print ASV until 1944. From 1944 to 1992, they printed and distributed over a million copies of the ASV. By the 1960s, the New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures, made by members of their group and the rights to which they controlled, had largely replaced ASV as the Bible used most by Witnesses. Though now preferring the NWT, Jehovah’s Witnesses’ publications frequently quote from other translations, including ASV.

King James Bible Thoughts – King James Only

The KJV was directed to be written by King James, who was the King of England, during times which were brutal for Christians who disagreed with him. He chose the writers of the KJV, and he excluded writers. Imagine if we were to have a President Obama Bible, or a President Clinton Bible, or a President Bush Bible. Who would possibly stand for such disrespect of the Word of God? So, why do we not provide the same scrutiny for a Bible that bears the name of a King of a nation.

Before someone can say that the KJV is the only Bible to use, and that all others are wrong, there must be a stated reason of fact, which is something that I never hear from KJV only people. The purpose of the KJV was to put the Word of God in the common language of the people of England, which the writers did, in spite of the political pressure that King James placed on them.

The first update of the KJV had more than 70,000 corrections in it, due to changes in the spoken language. The New American Standard Bible (NASB) is the most correct word for word translation of the Greek and Hebrew scriptures to our current languages, than are the other translations. The NASB translation committee meets more frequently than do the others. But, there is value in the other translations, as well as in the KJV. In today’s world, we don’t use “Elizabethan English.” We don’t say, “betwixt me and thee.” as we find in the KJV. I use the KJV daily, but I also understand its limitations.

King James wanted a Bible that showed a “religious superstructure,” as opposed to individual bodies of believers (churches) who were autonomous in control and operation, per scripture references (Acts 14:23; 20:17,28). The KJV used “Bishop” (which is not found in the Greek scriptures) instead of pastor or elder.

If anyone says that Christians should use only the King James version of the Bible, facts should also accompany such a demand.

The KJV was not the first Bible translation to be written in the English language. The following link will provide a good understanding of the different translations of the Bible, from the first English translation, the Wycliffe Translation, to the current day translations. As stated, the KJV was not the first English translation of the Bible, but may actually have been the fifteenth or sixteenth translation.

http://www.greatsite.com/timeline-english-bible-history/

Closing thought: “Thank God for Titus!”

We Have This Moment

No One Knows The Day Or Time

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For my friends who live all around the world, please let me say that it is hard for you to know what America is, and who Americans are. While you are looking at the following music videos you will see people who are far different from those that you may have seen in television news reports from Washington D.C. Those reports do not show the real America, or the people who have the spirit of America that made it a great nation. Most Americans are God-fearing, hard-working people who love each other, their country, and Almighty God. We also help other nations in great ways. It is because America led the free nations of the world in defeating the axis powers of Hitler’s Nazi Germany, Japan’s Hirohito and Italy’s Mussolini, who wanted to control all of us, that we are able to enjoy the freedoms that we often take for granted. For my American friends I would like to give a reminder to you. America is a great country because it is a good country. And, as long as we remain a good country we will continue to be a great country. However, if we cease to be a good country, we will also cease to be a great country. We have this moment in time to make things right… with our families… with our friends and neighbors throughout our country… and with our friends and neighbors who are living in the four corners of the Earth. Please consider the following scripture and enjoy the concert of praise music. The closing verses of scripture are very timely too. By the way, it is very difficult to select any particular order of arrangement for these great songs.

32 No one knows the day or the time. The angels in heaven don’t know, and the Son himself doesn’t know. Only the Father knows.

Mark 13:32 Contemporary English Version (CEV)

2 Corinthians 5:17 New King James Version (NKJV)

17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

Philippians 2:9-11 New King James Version (NKJV)

9 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.