8 How Fast Is Fast? Harpazo!

Here’s a list of the fastest vehicles. https://www.livescience.com/32882-worlds-fastest-vehicles.html Other references to speed follow the comments on vehicle speeds.

1. Fastest car: Thrust SSC, a super-sonic, jet-propelled car — 763.035 mph (1,227.986 kph). Set on a one-mile track at Black Rock Desert, Nevada in 1997.
2. Fastest production car: The Bugatti Veyron Super Sport — 267.81 mph (431.072 kph). Set in 2010.
3. Fastest motorcycle (official): BUB – Lucky 7 Streamliner — 367.382 mph (591.244 kph). Set at Bonneville Speedway, Utah in 2009.
4. Fastest motorcycle (unofficial): Top Oil-Ack Attack streamliner — 376.363 mph (605.697 kph). Set at Bonneville Speedway, Utah in 2010.Fastest boat: Spirit of Australia speedboat — 317.596 mph (511.13 kph). Set in 1970.
5. Fastest helicopter: Westland Lynx 800 G-Lynx — 249.1 mph (401 kph). Set in 1986.
6. Fastest manned spacecraft: Apollo 10 — 24,790 mph. (39,896 kph). Set in 1969.
7. The speed of sound. If we consider the atmosphere on a standard day at sea level static conditions, the speed of sound is about 761 mph, or 1100 feet/second. https://www.grc.nasa.gov/www/k-12/airplane/sound.html
8. The speed of light. The speed of light in a vacuum is 186,282 miles per second (299,792 kilometers per second), and in theory nothing can travel faster than light. In miles per hour, light speed is, well, a lot: about 670,616,629 mph. If you could travel at the speed of light, you could go around the Earth 7.5 times in one second. https://www.space.com/15830-light-speed.html

All of the above facts on speed are very interesting. But, let’s also consider the following terms that relate to “eye blinking speed.” Such speed is part of the equation of 1 Corinthians 15:52. Consider the following terms: “in the blink of an eye; suddenly, quicker than the blink of an eye; in a moment, in the blink of an eye; in a moment, faster than an eye can blink; like the blink of an eye; in an instant, in a split second,” all of which come from different Bible translations. Probably the best known “eye blinking” wording of 1 Corinthians 15:52 is, “in the twinkling of an eye.” This article will address the speed of “an eye,” as it relates to the end of times study. The context of 1 Corinthians 15:52 will be discussed in this article; other scriptures will be addressed that also act to explain the subject. Future articles will discuss the subjects of, “tribulation, millennium and eternal state,” which relate to the events that will follow, “the blinking of an eye.” “Translation” relates to the changing of mortal bodies, those which are decaying and dying (the kind that we all possess), into immortal bodies, those which will never decay or die (the kind that anyone would want to possess, and is available, “for the asking,”… read on!). The words of 1 Corinthians 15:52 that describe the translation process are, “we will be changed.” The context of believers in Christ being translated is stated in 1 Corinthians 15:35-57.

1 Corinthians 15:52 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

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.

How quickly will the rapture take place? The word, “rapture,” is an action word, and is derived from the following (Rapturo, Harpazo, Rapture):

The Bible was first written in Latin and the Latin word used for rapture is ‘rapturo’. The Bible was then translated to Greek and the word used is ‘harpazo’ meaning ‘to seize upon by force’ or ‘to snatch up’. Finally the Bible was translated into English and the word used for rapture is ‘caught up’. The scripture references for rapture are: 1 Corinthians 15:50-54, John 14:1-6 and 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, per:

English NASB translation: “will be caught.” Greek: ἁρπαγησόμεθα(arpagēsometha); Strong’s Lexicon: 726: to seize, catch up, snatch away; Origin: from a prim. root harp- https://biblehub.com/lexicon/1_thessalonians/4-17.htm

“harpazo,” is the Greek word “ἁρπαγησόμεθα (arpagēsometha),” which means, “to seize, catch up, snatch away.” https://biblehub.com/greek/726.htm Consider the following flow of information. Notice that a transliteration is one word into which a number of other words are condensed.

harpazó: to seize, catch up, snatch away
Original Word: ἁρπάζω
Part of Speech: Verb
Transliteration: harpazó
Phonetic Spelling: (har-pad’-zo)
Definition: to seize, catch up, snatch away
Usage: I seize, snatch, obtain by robbery.

HELPS Word-studies
726 harpázō – properly, seize by force; snatch up, suddenly and decisively – like someone seizing bounty (spoil, a prize); to take by an open display of force (i.e. not covertly or secretly).

So, why are we having this discussion on the translation of our bodies? Well, let’s consider the dilemma.

1 Thessalonians 5:23 says that we have a spirit, soul and body. Our spirit is the first part of us that is finished, and is present within our embryo, upon our being conceived. Our spirit influences our soul (our mind, emotions, consciousness), which influences the things that we say, think, and do. Our mind begins to develop prior to birth, and continues to develop after we are born. Our body, our “eyes, nose and toes,” are developing from the time of conception until, and after, the moment of our birth.

After God completed the creation of our world, the condition of the world was “very good” (Genesis 1:31). That condition related to everything that God created, whether natural, mineral, physical, animal, human; things of the mind, of speech, of heart beat, of blood flow; things of the sky, ground, water, and anything else of creation that can be considered. All of God’s creation was very good, perfect, without error or defect.

After God created Adam (Genesis 2:7), He told Adam that if he were to eat of “the tree of the knowledge of good and evil” that he (Adam) would die (Gen 2:17). God made Eve from Adam’s rib (Gen 2:22). Eve tells the first lie (Gen 2:3). Eve eats from the tree, and “gives Adam a bite,” (Gen 3:6). At that point in time, Adam and Eve begin a life-long death spiral, with the curse of death spreading to all of mankind, from Adam and Eve, to their children, to you and me today (Romans 5:12-13; 1 Cor 15:22). Due to the fall of Adam, a curse came upon all that found perfection within the Garden of Eden in Gen Chapters 1-2, to include every part of each person’s body, soul and spirit; with sickness, illness, death and other bodily ailments, which were not present until the fall of Adam and Eve, becoming a major source of suffering in the lives of all humans and animals (Gen 3:14-19).

Life does not become “life,” at any governmental determined time; see below.

Biogenesis is the production of new living organisms or organelles. Conceptually, biogenesis is primarily attributed to Louis Pasteur and encompasses the belief that complex living things come only from other living things, by means of reproduction. That is, life does not spontaneously arise from non-living material, which was the position held by spontaneous https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biogenesis

Let’s consider God’s solution for the dilemma from which all of mankind finds itself.

John 3:3 New Living Translation (NLT) We must be born again, spiritually.

3 Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.”

vs 3: The eternal Kingdom of God, is one of perfection. In order for mankind to enter the eternal state of the New Heaven, New Earth, and the New Jerusalem, each person must not be flawed, in any way, from the fall of Adam, and the curse which followed. We must be born again, and be given a spirit that is as pure as the Spirit of Christ. We must be given a body that is eternal, not dying, and not decaying (per 1 Corinthians 15:50-54.)

John 3:8 New Living Translation (NLT) God’s Holy Spirit causes the new birth of the spirit to take place.

8 The wind blows wherever it wants. Just as you can hear the wind but can’t tell where it comes from or where it is going, so you can’t explain how people are born of the Spirit.”

John 3:16 New Living Translation (NLT) If we have been born again, we will believe in Christ as our Lord and Savior. If we believe in Christ, we have been born again.

16 “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:18 New Living Translation (NLT) Anyone not having believed in Christ, is judged to be thrown into the lake of fire (Rev 20:10-15). Anyone having believed in Christ, has the expectant hope of being taken by Christ to the Presence of God the Father (1 Thes 4:13-18).

18 “There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son.

Romans 8:1 New Living Translation (NLT) No born again believer in Christ will ever come under the condemnation of the lake of fire (Rev 19:10-15).

8 So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.

It is only through the catching up of the saints by Christ, that anyone will be taken from earth to the Presence of God (John 14:1-6). It is only because of the new birth that anyone will be caught up by Christ and taken to the Presence of God (John 3:3). It is only because of the new birth and the catching up of the saints, that anybody will go before God at the Bema judgment (Judgment Seat Of Christ) for eternal rewards (2 Cor 5:10). From the Bema judgment, the caught up saints (the bride of Christ 2 Cor 11:2) will be taken to the Marriage Of The Lamb (Rev 19:7-8). From the Marriage of the Lamb, Christ and His bride will descend from the third heaven to earth for the Battle of Armageddon, where Christ will defeat the forces that are attacking Jerusalem at the end of the tribulation (Rev 19:11-21; Zech 14:1-4: Matt 24:29-30). It is only through the new birth and the catching up of the saints, that the believers in Christ will be taken to the eternal state of the New Heaven, New Earth and New Jerusalem (John 14:2-4; Rev 21:1-2).

It is important to know that the scriptures that relate to the catching up of the saints were/are written to people whom know Christ as their Lord and Savior, which means that they “have been/will have been” born again. Let’s consider the three passages that we have discussed.

John 14:1-6: This passage relates to Christ, and His Jewish born again believers, on the evening which preceded his crucifixion and death. See information on the Darby Translation below.

John 14:1-6 Darby Translation (DARBY)

1 Let not your heart be troubled; ye believe on God, believe also on me. 2 In my Father’s house there are many abodes; were it not so, I had told you: for I go to prepare you a place; 3 and if I go and shall prepare you a place, I am coming again and shall receive you to myself, that where I am ye also may be.
4 And ye know where I go, and ye know the way. 5 Thomas says to him, Lord, we know not where thou goest, and how can we know the way? 6 Jesus says to him, I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father unless by me.

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 Darby Translation (DARBY). This passage comes from the letter that the Apostle Paul wrote to the born again believers in Christ (the saints/the church), at the church at Thessalonica (1 Thes 1:1).

13 But we do not wish you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them that are fallen asleep, to the end that ye be not grieved even as also the rest who have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus has died and has risen again, so also God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep through Jesus. 15 (For this we say to you in [the] word of [the] Lord, that *we*, the living, who remain to the coming of the Lord, are in no way to anticipate those who have fallen asleep; 16 for the Lord himself, with an assembling shout, with archangel’s voice and with trump of God, shall descend from heaven; and the dead in Christ shall rise first; 17 then *we*, the living who remain, shall be caught up together with them in [the] clouds, to meet the Lord in [the] air; and thus we shall be always with [the] Lord. 18 So encourage one another with these words.).

1 Corinthians 15:50-54 Darby Translation (DARBY). This passage comes from the letter that the Apostle Paul wrote to the born again believers in Christ (the saints/the church), at the church at Corinth (1 Cor 1:1-2).

50 But this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit God’s kingdom, nor does corruption inherit incorruptibility. 51 Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all fall asleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 in an instant, in [the] twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and *we* shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must needs put on incorruptibility, and this mortal put on immortality. 54 But when this corruptible shall have put on incorruptibility, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall come to pass the word written: Death has been swallowed up in victory.

In this discussion on 1 Corinthians 15:52, as shown in the second video, there are four distinguished theologians on the Jon Ankerberg Show that are involved in the discussion on the subject of “the twinkling of an eye.” Those men are Jon Ankerberg, Ed Hindson, Ron Rhodes, and Mark Hitchcock; Mark addresses this issue. Consider the backgrounds of each of these men. John Ankerberg (M.Div, D.Min.); Ed Hindson (Th.D., D.Phil.); Ron Rhodes (Th.M., Th.D.); Mark Hitchcock (J.D.,Th.M., Ph.D.). The Library Page of this blog tells more about each man.

Let’s consider the action of the verses that surround 1 Cor 15:52.

1 Corinthians 15:50-57 New Living Translation (NLT)

50 What I am saying, dear brothers and sisters, is that our physical bodies cannot inherit the Kingdom of God. These dying bodies cannot inherit what will last forever.

51 But let me reveal to you a wonderful secret. We will not all die, but we will all be transformed! 52 It will happen in a moment, in the blink of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For when the trumpet sounds, those who have died will be raised to live forever. And we who are living will also be transformed. 53 For our dying bodies must be transformed into bodies that will never die; our mortal bodies must be transformed into immortal bodies.

54 Then, when our dying bodies have been transformed into bodies that will never die, this Scripture will be fulfilled: “Death is swallowed up in victory.

55 O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”

56 For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power. 57 But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Let’s consider the human situation that necessitates having a body that is mortal, decaying and dying.

vs 50. Our present physical bodies will not be allowed entry into the eternal Kingdom Of God where mortal and dying bodies can not exist within a perfect state of eternal life (Rev 21:4).

It is important to know that only born again believers in Christ will be caught up by Christ and taken to the Presence of God, the Father, in the third heaven (2 Cor 12:2). It is also important to know that Christ can cause any person’s spirit to be born again, per the example of the disciples (Matt 10:1; the disciples didn’t go through any classes; Christ called them.); and the wording of John 3:8, (“you can’t explain how people are born of the Spirit” NLT.)

Let’s consider the process by which believers in Christ (saints in Christ), will be made able to inhabit the eternal state of the Kingdom of God.

vs 51. A promise to all born again believers in Christ: “We will not all die;” we will be transformed/translated/changed.”
vs 52-53. The translation process will happen very fast, in the “blink of an eye.” At the time of the sound of the trumpet, which announces the coming of Christ from heaven for His born again believers,” deceased believers will be raised from the places where their bodily remains may inhabit (regardless of the state of decay), and will begin an immortal and eternal state of life which will be free from any kind of sickness, illness or debility. After all deceased believers have been “raised from death,” and made alive, all believers in Christ will be transformed and given bodies that will never die. Immediately, “in the twinkling of an eye,” all living saints (believers in Christ) will be freed from their dying, decaying, debilitated bodies, and given bodies that will be immortal, and that will never experience any kind of sickness, illness, or debility.

Consider that which makes the defeat of death possible.

54. The enemy of all whom have ever been born into this life will finally be defeated. For those whom have believed in Christ as their Lord and Savior, and have been born again, they will never again have to come “face to face” with death. It is through Christ that “death,” which is the greatest enemy of all human beings, will be defeated, and never, ever, be able to raise its ugly head, again.

In addition to the benefit of being caught up by Christ, and taken to the Presence of God, those whom have been born again have the following spiritual benefits.

1. Our spirit will dwell within the Spirit of Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and will be taught by God’s Holy Spirit (John 14:20; 26; 16:7-8). 2. Our spirit will be a new creation (2 Cor 5:17). 3. Our spirit will be as righteous as the Spirit of Christ (2 Cor 5:21). 4. The Spirit of Christ, being within our spirit, will be our expectant hope of eternal life (Col 1:27). 5. Our spirit will be perfect within the Spirit of Christ (Col 1:28). 6. When we were conceived and born, our spiritual condition was that of darkness (John 1:3). 7. Because we have a spirit that dwells within the Spirit of God the, “Father, Son and Holy Spirit,” we are no longer in a condition of darkness, but are now in a condition of light, which permits us to live within the Spirit of God (1 John 1:5). 8. By having our spirit dwelling within the Spirit of Christ, no one will ever be able to remove us from dwelling within His Presence (John 10:27-30). 9. At the time of our new birth, we begin our eternal spiritual life: “this ‘is’ eternal life,” (John 17:3).

Consider the eternal state in which born again believers in Christ will live forever. It will be a place where death, sin, sickness or debility will not be allowed to exist.

Revelation 21:1-4 New Living Translation (NLT)

The New Jerusalem

1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared. And the sea was also gone. 2 And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.

3 I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. 4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.”


Let’s reconsider the question of, “how fast is fast?” After I have given the question much thought, through much deliberation and prayer, I will have to share my conclusion of the matter. The conclusion in relation to the contents of this article is that, “fast is fast;” it is “God-fast!” Nothing can be any faster than when Christ returns to earth from Heaven to catch up His saints, to change their mortal bodies into immortal bodies, to take them to the Presence of God (John 14:1-6; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Corinthians 15:50-54).

It is important to know that God has a plan for Israel, and a plan for the Church. Israel is a nation; the church is not a nation. God has not replaced Israel with the Church; He has not given the promises and blessings to the Church that he made covenant to Israel; such teaching is known as replacement theology, and is designed by Satan to undermine God’s love for Israel, “His Chosen People” (Deuteronomy 14:2). The timeline for the rapture is based on God’s timeline for Israel. The purpose of the tribulation is based on God’s purposes for Israel, which do not include the Church. Nothing that the church has done, has not done, will do, or will not do, will hasten or delay the day in which God catches up the born again believers in Christ and takes them to His Presence in the third heaven. The purposes and details for the tribulation are written in the Old Testament. The time of the tribulation is known as “Jacob’s distress” and “Jacob’s trouble” (Jeremiah 30:7); it will be discussed in future writings, and will point to Israel (Daniel 9:2, 20) as being the reason for the tribulation. Also shown in prophecy will be God’s deliverance of Israel from, “Jacob’s distress.”

The judgments of God on the earth during the tribulation will be very severe. God will not place “the bride of Christ,” infants, young children, or anyone unable to make a decision for Christ, in the midst of the judgments that He will unleash on the earth (Rev 6:1-17; 8:1-7; 16:1-3). The purpose of the tribulation is for God to judge sin and to draw unbelieving Jews to accept Christ as their Messiah. The payment for the sin of the bride of Christ, the church, was made on the cross by Christ (2 Cor 5:21).

The only sin that will cause anyone to find themself in the tribulation is the sin of unbelief (John 3:16-18).


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Our closing video is that of a song that tells of the catching up of the saints.

The Happy Goodmans – I Believe He’s Coming Back [Live]

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Israel 6 – Exodus 4

Sweet, Sweet Spirit [Live]. God’s Holy Spirit, is that part of God that goes forth from Him for many purposes. As we continue our study of Israel, we will learn many things about how God’s Holy Spirit works on the behalf of God, “The Father.” In this series of articles we will see how God’s Holy Spirit worked in such a way as to deliver Jews from Egyptian bondage. We will also see how God traveled with the Israelites, and provided for them, and protected them, throughout their forty-year wilderness experience (Deuteronomy 2:7). God’s Holy Spirit is not an “it,” but is a “He,” the third person of the “Trinity.” (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) https://www.gotquestions.org/Trinity-Bible.html Since God’s Holy Spirit is not an “it, it may be appropriate to have such a greeting as “Holy Spirit,” as opposed to “the Holy Spirit.” The closing video shows the possibilities of how God delivered the Israelite’s, to, and through the Red Sea.

Israel 6 – Exodus 4 – Preliminary

Genesis 1:1-2 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

The Creation

1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 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.

Spirit of God. Not only did God the Holy Spirit participate in creation, but so did God the Son (cf. John 1:1–3; Col. 1:16; Heb. 1:2) (MacArthur Study Bible note). Consider the role that God’s Holy Spirit had in the creation of our world, and in many things that relate to the chosen people of God.

Enoch was in the blood line that ran from Adam, through Seth. Enoch didn’t die, but was taken to heaven by God. (God “took” him to heaven, Gen 5:24. “Took.”). Enoch was the father of Methuselah, whom is the oldest person that ever lived, and died during the year of the flood (Wilmington’s Guide To The Bible, pg 10, Dr. Harold L. Wilmington). Methuselah was the father of Lamech, whom was the father of Noah. The blood line from Noah ran through Abram (Abraham), Isaac, and Jacob (whom God renamed Israel). Consider the following verse and comments.

Genesis 5:24 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

24 Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.

5:24 walked with God…was not, for God took him. Enoch is the only break in the chapter from the incessant comment, “and he died.” Cf. 4:17, 18; 1 Chr. 1:3; Luke 3:37; Heb. 11:5; Jude 14. Only one other man is said to have enjoyed this intimacy of relationship in walking with God, Noah (6:9). Enoch experienced being taken to heaven alive by God, as did Elijah later (2 Kin. 2:1–12). (MacArthur Study Bible note)

NASB Lexicon: took. Hebrew: לָקַ֥ח (la·kach). Strong’s:3947: to take.

3947. laqach

Strong’s Concordance
laqach: to take
Original Word: לָקַח
Part of Speech: Verb
Transliteration: laqach
Phonetic Spelling: (law-kakh’)
Definition: to take

Brown-Driver-Briggs: 1 take, take in the hand. 2 take and carry along with oneself. 3. a. take from, or out of. b. take, carry away. c. take away from, so as to deprive of.).

God will use whichever means that He finds necessary to fulfill His will. In the case of the exodus of Israel from Egypt, and their forty-year journey in the wilderness, God used many spiritual tools to fulfill His will in the lives of those Jews, God’s chosen people (Deuteronomy 14:2).

There is a New Testament comparison to the “taking” of Enoch to Heaven, which also relates to the “taking up” of His people, whom will be the born again believers in Christ. This subject will be addressed in articles that relate to the end times. Consider John 14:1-6.

Enoch was caught up and taken to heaven prior to the worldwide flood:

Genesis 6:17 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

17 Behold, I, even I am bringing the flood of water upon the earth, to destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life, from under heaven; everything that is on the earth shall perish.

Israel – Ongoing.

Date. The fourth chapter of Exodus took place in 1447 B.C. (Thompson Chain-Reference Study Bible, 2009, previous editions date back to 1903).

Exodus 4 Outline. 1. Moses’ rod is turned into a serpent. 6. His hand becomes leprous. 10. He is loath to be sent. 14. Aaron is appointed to assist him. 18. Moses departs from Jethro. 21. God’s message to Pharaoh. 24. Zipporah circumcises her son. 27. Aaron is sent to meet Moses. 31. The people believe him. (Nave’s Study Bible, Revised And Expanded, 1978).

Exodus 4 Examination. In this chapter, we will focus our attention on the intervention of God in the affairs of the people of Israel while they were in bondage in Egypt. We will see how God worked in the lives of the Egyptians and the Jews to bring about the exodus of Israel from Egypt.

Exodus 4 New American Standard Bible.

We will review God’s Chapter 3 discussion with Moses. God will take the Jews out of Egypt, in spite of the objections of the King of Egypt. God will strike Egypt with His miracles to cause the King to, “let God’s people go!”

Exodus 3:16-20 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

16 Go and gather the elders of Israel together and say to them, ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, has appeared to me, saying, “I am indeed concerned about you and what has been done to you in Egypt. 17 So I said, I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt to the land of the Canaanite and the Hittite and the Amorite and the Perizzite and the Hivite and the Jebusite, to a land flowing with milk and honey.”’ 18 They will pay heed to what you say; and you with the elders of Israel will come to the king of Egypt and you will say to him, ‘The Lord, the God of the Hebrews, has met with us. So now, please, let us go a three days’ journey into the wilderness, that we may sacrifice to the Lord our God.’ 19 But I know that the king of Egypt will not permit you to go, except under compulsion. 20 So I will stretch out My hand and strike Egypt with all My miracles which I shall do in the midst of it; and after that he will let you go.

Beginning in Chapter 4 we see that Moses had a great lack of confidence in his abilities to lead the people of Israel. Consider how God answered those objections.

Exodus 4:1-17 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Moses Given Powers

1 Then Moses said, “What if they will not believe me or listen to what I say? For they may say, ‘The Lord has not appeared to you.’” 2 The Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?” And he said, “A staff.” 3 Then He said, “Throw it on the ground.” So he threw it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from it. 4 But the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand and grasp it by its tail”—so he stretched out his hand and caught it, and it became a staff in his hand— 5 “that they may believe that the Lord, the God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has appeared to you.”

vs 2-3 The staff of Moses became a serpent. vs 4 The serpent became a staff.

6 The Lord furthermore said to him, “Now put your hand into your bosom.” So he put his hand into his bosom, and when he took it out, behold, his hand was leprous like snow. 7 Then He said, “Put your hand into your bosom again.” So he put his hand into his bosom again, and when he took it out of his bosom, behold, it was restored like the rest of his flesh. 8 “If they will not believe you or heed the witness of the first sign, they may believe the witness of the last sign. 9 But if they will not believe even these two signs or heed what you say, then you shall take some water from the Nile and pour it on the dry ground; and the water which you take from the Nile will become blood on the dry ground.”

vs 6-7 The hand of Moses became leprous. vs 7 The hand of Moses was returned to good health. vs Moses would be able to pour Nile River water on the ground, where it would become blood on the ground.

10 Then Moses said to the Lord, “Please, Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither recently nor in time past, nor since You have spoken to Your servant; for I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.” 11 The Lord said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Or who makes him mute or deaf, or seeing or blind? Is it not I, the Lord? 12 Now then go, and I, even I, will be with your mouth, and teach you what you are to say.” 13 But he said, “Please, Lord, now send the message by whomever You will.”

vs 10 Moses was self-conscious of his speaking deficiencies. vs 12-13 God would take care of any speech limitations that Moses would have.

Aaron to Be Moses’ Mouthpiece

14 Then the anger of the Lord burned against Moses, and He said, “Is there not your brother Aaron the Levite? I know that he speaks fluently. And moreover, behold, he is coming out to meet you; when he sees you, he will be glad in his heart. 15 You are to speak to him and put the words in his mouth; and I, even I, will be with your mouth and his mouth, and I will teach you what you are to do. 16 Moreover, he shall speak for you to the people; and he will be as a mouth for you and you will be as God to him. 17 You shall take in your hand this staff, with which you shall perform the signs.”

vs 14-15 Aaron, the brother of Moses, will be the mouth piece of Moses. vs 16 Aaron would speak to the people for Moses, even as Moses would speak to Aaron for the Lord. vs 17 Moses, despite God’s anger at his unwillingness, retained superiority in that he had the instrument by which miracles would be done so that it was identified as “the rod of God” (v. 20) (vs 16-17 notes from MacArthur Study Bible).

27 Now the Lord said to Aaron, “Go to meet Moses in the wilderness.” So he went and met him at the mountain of God and kissed him. 28 Moses told Aaron all the words of the Lord with which He had sent him, and all the signs that He had commanded him to do. 29 Then Moses and Aaron went and assembled all the elders of the sons of Israel; 30 and Aaron spoke all the words which the Lord had spoken to Moses. He then performed the signs in the sight of the people. 31 So the people believed; and when they heard that the Lord was concerned about the sons of Israel and that He had seen their affliction, then they bowed low and worshiped.

vs 29 Moses performed the miracles before the Jewish elders of vs 2-7; vs 30 the elders believed God’s Word. vs 31. The elders worshiped God.

Israel – Supportive.

A video view of the land in the study of Exodus is provided in the following video and discussion. It is clear that God provided for the exodus of the Israelites in a plan that He devised in eternity past. It is also clear that God led the Israelites to the place of their “Red Sea Crossing,”and that it was not just by “happenstance” that the Jews “stumbled across” the proper place to cross the sea.

As we go through this wilderness study of Israel, we will use a video tape series of discussions that show the terrain, and other natural land marks, that affected the travel of the children of Israel (Israel=Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham). The six part study is called, “The Real Mount Sinai.”

Dr Bryant G. Wood, B.S., M.S., M.A., Ph.D. is the leader of the series of videos, The Real Mount Sinai.” I think that you will come away from this video series, having gained a lot of good food for thought. You will notice that this video series does not necessarily align up with each article, but will add content that will be valuable to this overall series of articles that we are studying. Check the bio on Dr. Wood: https://creation.com/dr-bryant-g-wood

[Acts 7:36-40] He [Moses] led them out, performing wonders and signs in the land of Egypt, and in the Red Sea, and in the wilderness [of Midian/Saudi Arabia] forty years.

See Israel 4 for Parts 1, 2, 3, 4

Exodus of Moses at Red Sea – The Real Mount Sinai :: Part 5 of 6

In this study of God’s chosen people, it is important to know some of the most commonly used names of God (John 8:32). There is a list of the names of God in the previous articles on Israel.

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7 Consider The Journey – Another Millennium Perspective

The subject of the end times, especially the study of the millennium, requires a great deal of study. There are many highly respected theologians that have written on the time and details of the Kingdom Age, also known as the millennium, and the millennial reign of Christ. Most of the authors that I have chosen for research purposes, have been found to be very knowledgeable of eschatology (end times study), and are “in sync” with their conclusions. However, I have found some differences in their findings, such as those that I have found in their research of the millennium; but, those differences are minor, as they fit into the overall subject of the end times. This article on, “Consider The Journey-Another Millennium Perspective,” will provide a point of view on the millennium, in which I find total agreement. It is a view that is sound, and is supported by the research of such highly respected theologians as, Charles C. Ryrie, Ph.D., Paul David Freed, Ph.D., Dwight J. Pentecost, Th.D., and John F. Walvoord, Th.D., all of Dallas Theological Seminary. It is through the end times expertise of the aforementioned scholars that I have been able to write, with great confidence, this article on such a challenging element of eschatology. By the way, you will come to see that the song, “Beulah Land,” actually relates to the eternal “heavenly state” of the “new heaven, new earth and new Jerusalem” (Revelation 21:1-2). The millennium, however, which relates to a time of “earthly” existence, covers a time period of only “one thousand years.” A credible source document that I have used, more than any other, in the preparation of this article is, “Things To Come, 1958, J.Dwight Pentecost, Th.D., forward by John W. Walvoord, Th.D.; both of Dallas Theological Seminary.)” “Things To Come” is a book that everyone should also consider for a study on the subject of the end times; Chapter XXXI offers great insight into the study of the millennium.

The millennium is one of the key parts of “The Day Of The Lord.” “The Day Of The Lord,” which is the major theme of the prophetic book of Joel, involves God’s special intervention in the affairs of human history. Included events are God’s intervention in the affairs of Israel (Ryrie Study Bible, Dr. Charles C. Ryrie, Th.D., Ph. D.)…. Israel will praise the Lord during the Millennium. The Day Of The Lord is a time that God may judge or bless. It is a time that will begin with the seven-year tribulation, which could be called the “judgment phase,” and will continue throughout the entire thousand-year reign of Christ, which could be called the “blessing phase.” The Day Of The Lord will stretch all the way from the rapture to the end of the millennium. It will commence with a time of wrath and judgment on a wicked and Christ-rejecting world, and will culminate in a time of peace and prosperity in which Christ will be in the midst of the earth, and bring blessing to the nation of Israel. The millennium will end with judgment (Rev 20:9-15) (John Walvoord, commentary, 1&2 Thessalonians).

The Day of the Lord is a period of time in which God will deal with wicked men directly and dramatically in fearful judgment. In 1 Thessalonians 5, the Day of the Lord is used in the sense of an extended period of time. The Day of the Lord, according to the Old Testament, is a time of God’s judgment and a time of God’s dealing with the world in its sin. The Day of the Lord is also a time of deliverance and blessing for Israel. The millennium—the whole kingdom reign of Christ on earth—in which Christ personally directs the government of the world, is also included in the Day of the Lord. Paul is telling the Thessalonians that the Day of the Lord is going to come, and this follows immediately the passage which dealt with the coming of Christ for His church (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18) (John Walvoord, Commentary, 1 & 2 Thessalonians).

Here is the order of events of the Day Of The Lord: “Rapture Of The Church By Christ. Tribulation. Second Coming Of Christ. Millennium.” Following the events of the Millennium will be the destruction of our world (1 Peter 3:10), and the gift of God to those whom have been born again, which will be the eternal state,” of the new heaven, new earth and new Jerusalem (Rev 21:1-2). Notice that “the earthly Jerusalem,” and the remainder of our present world will be destroyed prior to the appearance of the “new heaven, new earth and new Jerusalem.”

It is important to know that the “Kingdom Age, the earthly millennium, the rule and reign of Christ,” is the same one thousand-year period that immediately follows the tribulation and second coming of Christ, where He sets foot on the earth, for the purposes of judgment of sin, and the establishment of the Kingdom Age. The rapture precedes the tribulation, and is the event where Christ comes in the air to catch up His deceased and living saints of the church age. During the time of the millennium, the Old Testament saints, the church-age saints, and the tribulation saints, all of whom will have immortal, resurrection bodies, will reside in the heavenly Jerusalem of the eternal state (Rev 21:1-2); they will continue residing there throughout eternity, but will have access to the earth.

The new Jerusalem, “the heavenly Jerusalem,” will come down out of heaven by God and will be the abode of all of the saints (Heb 12:22-24); it is the place that Christ is preparing for His people (John 14:2). During the millennium, the New Jerusalem will be suspended over the earth; it will be the dwelling place of all believers during eternity, as is emphasized in Rev 21:1-8 (Ryrie Study Bible note, Rev 21:2). Those residents of the heavenly, New Jerusalem, will rule and reign with Christ during the time of the earthly millennium (Jews, Matt 19:28, and Gentiles, Rev 20:4-6). They will be able to go to and from the heavenly earth, to the earth of the millennium, as they reign with Christ.

Born again, living and deceased, believers of the church age will reside in the eternal state throughout the duration of the millennium, due to their having immortal bodies (resurrected, and changed bodies), given to them at the time of the rapture of the church (1 Cor 15:50-54). Those, whom will be born again during the tribulation, will be allowed to enter the millennium at the end of the tribulation, Jews (Matt 24:40-41) and Gentiles (Matt 25:34-40); they will enter without having immortal resurrection bodies. These tribulation saints were unbelievers at the time of the rapture of the church, and were left behind to endure the tyranny of the anti-christ and the judgments of God. By entering the millennium in mortal bodies, these tribulation saints will bear children, whom will also have to come to saving faith in Christ, and be born again, in order for them to enter the eternal state. All born again mortal people in the tribulation will be given immortal bodies, and will be allowed to enter the eternal state (Rev 21:1-2). Children whom are born during the millennium, but never come to saving faith in Christ, never having been being born again, “will not” enter the eternal state (Rev 21:1-2), but will find their eternity in the Lake Of Fire (Rev 20:7-15).

Consider a heavenly city, the Heavenly Jerusalem. Hebrews 11:10, 11:16, 12:22-24, Galatians 4:26, Revelation 3:12, 21:2, 21:10. The Heavenly Jerusalem will be the destination for all raptured and resurrected saints at the time of the second coming of Christ. The raptured living saints are those in John 14:1-6, 1 Corinthians 15:50-54, and 1 Thessalonians 4:13-15, 17-18. The resurrected saints are (1) all Old Testament resurrected saints (Daniel 12:1-2), (2) New Testament resurrected deceased saints (1 Corinthians 15:50-52, and 1 Thessalonians 4:16), (3) tribulation martyred, deceased and resurrected saints (Revelation 20:4); they will occupy the heavenly Jerusalem “during the millennium.” These saints will have access to the “earthly Jerusalem” during the millennium, where they will rule and reign with Christ. Resurrected Jews will rule over the Kingdom Age Jews (Matthew 19:28). Resurrected Gentiles will rule over Kingdom Age Gentiles (Revelation 20:6). Left-behind saved Jews will occupy the land that was promised to Abraham. Left-behind saved Gentiles will be able to travel through the land of Israel (Genesis 15:18-20), but will reside outside of those boundaries (Zechariah 8:20-23, 14:9-21). Unfallen angels will also occupy the heavenly Jerusalem “during the millennium,” and will have access to the “earthly Jerusalem” during the millennium.

Consider a place that Christ has prepared for the raptured and resurrected believers in Christ (John 14:2), and for all saints of all times. At the time of the rapture of the church (catching up of the saints), those saints will be taken by Christ to the Presence of God in the third heaven (2 Corinthians 5:10), where they will receive heavenly rewards. Next, they will accompany Christ to the Marriage of the Lamb (Revelation 19:7-8). Then, Christ and His bride (the born again believers in Christ), will descend from heaven to earth for the Battle of Armageddon (Revelation 19:11-20); Christ wins this spiritual battle (Revelation 19:15,21). After the victory, all of the raptured and resurrected saints will meet at the Marriage Supper (Rev 19:9) during the millennium, in the heavenly new earth. Only born again people will enter the earthly kingdom, but sin will develop and flourish. This is because of those whom will be born during the Kingdom Age, but will not be born again. There will be death on earth during the earthly Kingdom Age (Isaiah 65:20). However there will be no death in the heavenly eternal state (Revelation 21:4), neither during the time of the millennium, nor during eternity.

Consider the tribulation Jews and Gentiles that are allowed to go into the Kingdom Age on earth. They will have been born again, but will enter the Kingdom Age in mortal bodies; therefore, they will be able to have children. The children that will be born during the Kingdom age will be born with a need to be born again, and will be given instruction by Christ (Isaiah 2:3). Not all of these people will come to faith in Christ during the millennium; they will be a part of an attack on those whom will have come to faith in Christ, at the millennial age Battle of Gog and Magog (Revelation 20:7-9). Those whom will come to saving faith in Christ, will be given immortal bodies, and will be allowed to enter the eternal state of the New Heaven, New Earth and New Jerusalem (Revelation 21:1-2, 7, 8).

Consider a place that has been prepared by God for those Jews (Matthew 24:39-41), and Gentiles (Matthew 25:34), whom will miss the rapture and will be born again during the tribulation. Those whom will be born again (John 3:3) and come to saving faith in Christ during the tribulation, will be allowed to enter the Kingdom Age on earth during the millennium. But, because these left-behind Gentiles and Jews will not have been raptured or resurrected, they will not initially be allowed to enter the eternal state of the New Heaven, New Earth and New Jerusalem (Revelation 21:1-2). However, because these tribulation saints had been born again, they will be given immortal bodies so that they can enter the eternal state.

Consider a look into the eternal state (Ryrie Study Bible notes).

Rev 21:1. A new heaven and a new earth. The present creation will be destroyed so that it may be cleansed from all the effects of sin (2 Peter 3:7, 10, 12).

Rev 21:3-4. People will enjoy a new intimacy with God, and the elimination of those sorrows that sin brings.

Rev 21:8. Those, whose lives can be characterized in these ways will be cast into the lake of fire because they have shown themselves to be unbelievers.

Rev 21:11. The city will shine with the Glory of God, which will allow that Glory to shine brilliantly.

Rev 21:12-14. Though both Jewish saints and Christian saints will inhabit the city, the names of the twelve tribes and the twelve apostles are a witness to their continued distinction.

Let’s not forget the unfallen angels, and their importance in the return of Christ and His bride at the time of the Battle of Armageddon, which has also been called the campaign of Armageddon.

Matthew 24:29-31 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

The Glorious Return

29 “But immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 30 And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory. 31 And He will send forth His angels with a great trumpet and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other.

24:31 from one end of heaven to the other. All the “elect” from heaven and earth are gathered and assembled before Christ. This is the culmination of world history, ushering in the millennial reign of Christ (cf. Rev. 20:4). (MacArthur Study Bible note).

My note. Angels will be sent throughout the world to gather the elect (Jews, Deuteronomy 14:2). These will be Jews of the tribulation. They will be taken to the Presence of Christ (Matt 24:29-31). One will be left behind to enter the millennial kingdom. One will be taken in judgment (Matt 24:40-41). Initially, those whom are taken, face death (Luke 17:37). At the end of the millennium they will be raised to go before the great white throne judgment (Rev 20:10-15).

Notice that the tribulation precedes the second coming of Christ and the millennium. Notice, also, that the event of Matt 24:40-41 is not the rapture of the church.

As I close this article, I would like for you to consider the events which will lead up to the millennium. The following video will show an assortment of events which are very close to those which God’s Word tells about the tribulation and great tribulation. Consider the Words of Christ, our Lord and Savior.

Matthew 24:21 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

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.

The great tribulation will be the last half of the seven years of tribulation, which will take place after the rapture of the church takes place. Conditions on earth will become increasingly more severe. Millions of people will be missing. No one whom is left on earth will be a born again believer in Christ. Liberal theologians will be interviewed on CNN, MSNBC, and other such networks, explaining that global warming, or alien abductions, are the cause of all of the people being missing. Disorder will be the order of the day. Chaos and violence will sweep the earth. A new world order of, “one world government – one world leader,” will be established. Cosmic disturbances, of all sorts, will erupt and make the flood of Noah’s time look like a day at the beach (Gen 7:10-24). The entire world will attack Israel. Of the soldiers that will be involved in the attack on God’s Holy land, none will have a relationship with Christ. So, what is my advice for those of whom have no relationship with Christ? The answer is found in John 3:3, “you must be born again; and in John 3:16,”you must believe in Christ as your Lord and Savior,” otherwise, you will face God’s judgments which will fall on everyone whom is left on the earth (Rev 3:10). Born again believers in Christ, little children, and those whom are unable to make a decision to accept Christ as their Lord and Savior, will be removed from the earth prior to the events of the tribulation taking place, and will begin a time of presence and intimacy with God, that will last throughout all eternity.


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Torah Reverence

Beth Yeshua Torah Procession July 4, 2015. The opening video is that of worship at Congregation Beth Yeshua, which is located in Macon, Georgia. A time of great honor and respect is shown when the Torah is carried around the interior of the sanctuary (see notes below). The video is one of still photographs that were made during a Sabbath worship service (Sabbath lasts from Friday at sunset until Saturday at sunset). As I have viewed this video (many times), I have been drawn to the facial expressions of the people, in which I see “smiling faces on happy people.” Those same people show expressions of solemn and reverential respect. As I have viewed the Torah procession, I have been awe-struck, due to the honor and respect that the people give to the Torah, which is of God’s Holy Word. In the video you will also see prayer shawls being worn (talit). (https://www.myjewishlearning.com/?s=talit

Torah means, “teachings”(I have also seen “teaching). The Torah contains the first five books of the Bible, “Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy.” Much of Exodus through Deuteronomy contains the Law, of which Christ fulfilled (Matthew 5:17), when He breathed His last breath on the cross at Calvary, and said,” it is finished” (John 19:30).

Congregation Beth Yeshua is identified as a Messianic Jewish congregation. Jewish and Gentile believers in Christ attend this congregation. Consider its website statement.

What is Messianic Judasim? http://www.bethyeshuainternational.com/shalom/messianic-judaism/
Messianic Judaism is a movement of Jewish people from all walks of life, who believe that Yeshua (Jesus in Hebrew) is the promised Jewish Messiah and Savior for Israel and the world. Messianic Jews have not stopped being Jewish. On the contrary, we have continued to remain strongly Jewish in our identity, lifestyle, and belief that Yeshua is the Jewish Messiah and the fulfillment of true Biblical Judaism.

Consider Mirrian Webster’s Dictionary definition of “Reverence;” consider the two passages of scripture which follow.

Mirriam Webster Dictionary https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reverence
Definition of reverence
1 : honor or respect felt or shown : DEFERENCE
especially : profound adoring awed respect
2 : a gesture of respect (such as a bow

Habakkuk 2:20 Living Bible (TLB)

20 “But the Lord is in his holy Temple; let all the earth be silent before him.”

Proverbs 14:26-27 Living Bible (TLB)

26 Reverence for God gives a man deep strength; his children have a place of refuge and security.

27 Reverence for the Lord is a fountain of life; its waters keep a man from death.

As you read through this article, and engage in worship through the opening and closing worship videos, consider your own desires for increased and heightened times of worship and praise.

Additional information.

The following links come from “My Jewish Learning,” which is a Jewish site (non-Messianic). Information is provided about the Torah and the parading of the Torah around the interior of a sanctuary. https://www.myjewishlearning.com/about-us/

The Torah (Hebrew for “the teachings”) is the name given to the Five Books of Moses which come at the very beginning of the Bible. These books form the basis of all Jewish law and practice. A Torah scroll is a parchment scroll on which all five books have been inscribed by a specially trained calligrapher. Torah scrolls are typically kept in synagogues, in a special cabinet called an ark.

The First of the Five Books of Moses begins with the creation of the world out of the void. It ends with the last days of Moses. Each week a different sidrah (Torah portion) is read on Saturday morning in traditional synagogues. Here is a list of the Torah portions for the entire year and a brief summary of their contents.

Taking Out the Torah
The Torah service begins with the chanting of a series of biblical verses, primarily from the Book of Psalms, describing God’s grandeur and role as king of the universe. In every synagogue, the Torah scrolls are kept in a cabinet called the Aron haKodesh, or holy ark. In Sephardic congregations, the cabinet is called a Teivah (ark).
Parading the Torah
Once the Torah is removed, the leader holds the Torah in front of the community and leads the community in chanting the central doxologies of Jewish faith, “Hear O Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is one” (Deuteronomy 6:4), “One is our God, great is our Lord, holy is His name,” and “Proclaim the Lord’s greatness with me; let us exalt God together” (Psalms 34:4). As the Torah is then paraded around the sanctuary, the congregation sings a series of verses from I Chronicles 29:11 and Psalm 99:5 and 9, which state, “Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the splendor. Yours is the triumph and the majesty…Exalt the Lord and worship God, for He is holy…” These verses are intended to accent the presence of God as concretized in the text of the Torah and the drama of marching the Torah.

The Torah’s Five Books
The English names for each of the Torah’s five book are actually Greek, and like the Rabbinic names for the books, they describe the contents. The common names for the books come from a significant word in the beginning verses of the book. The following are the names of the five books and a brief summary of each (click on them for longer summaries):

Genesis (“Origins”)/Bereishit (“In the Beginning”)
Genesis tells the story of creation, Noah and the flood, and the selection of Abraham and Sarah and their family as the bearers of God’s covenant. Stories of sibling conflict and the long narratives of Jacob and his favorite son Joseph conclude with the family dwelling in Egypt.

Exodus (“The Road Out”)/Shemot (“Names”)
Exodus tells of how the family of Jacob grew and then was enslaved in Egypt. The baby Moses, born of Israelites but adopted by Pharaoh, becomes God’s prophet who, after bringing 10 plagues down upon Egypt, leads the Israelites through the Red Sea to freedom and to the revelation at Mount Sinai. The story of the Israelites worshipping the golden calf, which follows soon after the revelation at Mount Sinai, is almost obscured by lengthy materials on the building of a sanctuary (tabernacle) in the wilderness.

Leviticus (“Laws of the Levites”)/Vayikra (“And God Called”)
Leviticus deals mostly with laws of Israelite sacrificial worship. Related rules include the basis for Jewish dietary laws (kashrut) and issues of purity and impurity. The holiness code, which describes a sanctified communal life, is a highlight of the book.

Numbers (“The Census”)/Bamidbar (“In the Wilderness”)
Numbers begins with a census of the Israelites and the tribe of Levi. A group of Israelites spy out the land of Canaan; their discouraging report sends them back into the desert for an additional 38 years, during which the Israelites continue to behave badly, rebelling against the authority of Moses and his brother Aaron, and having illicit relations with Moabite women.

Deuteronomy (“Second Law”)/Devarim (“Words”)
Deuteronomy is Moses’ final message to the people of Israel before they cross over the Jordan River into Israel. Moses reminds the people of how God has redeemed the people from Egypt and of the details of the covenant between Israel and God. In stark language, Moses describes the rewards for observance of the laws of the covenant and the punishment for disobedience. Finally, Moses passes along his authority to Joshua who will lead the people into the land.

Let the Weight of Your Glory Fall – by Paul Wilbur.wmv
This song of worship was recorded live during the Feast of Tabernacles in 1999, in Jerusalem, Israel.

Shabbat Shalom (Sabbath of peace)

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