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Kingdom-mindedness

The New Testament uses the word “kingdom” 154 times, uses the word “church” 79 times and uses the word “gospel” 99 times. But only 4 times in the Bible (that I have found) is the word “gospel” qualified, in 3 ways: The purpose, the Person (the King of the dominion) and the point.

  1. Mt 4:23  And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom… Mt 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. (Purpose)
  2. Mr 1:1  The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God; (Person)
  3. Ac 20:24 But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God. (Point) 

I submit to all churches in America that more than 90% of them don’t really understand these basic principles of the Bible. Nor do they follow the King’s example in its entirety: Mt 9:35  And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching (making disciples) in their synagogues, and preaching (proclaiming) the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.Nor do they fulfill His primary command:

Mt 28:19-20 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

They show up for worship at a building once a week and they don’t even focus on the Kingdom, they focus on some music and a “sermon” , a word which cannot even be found a single time in the Bible. Let’s take a look at the main verse used to show that we are supposed to go to church every Sunday (the first day of the week, not the Sabbath).

Ac 20:7  And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread (have communion), Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight. 

The word for “preached” is “dialegomai”, (where we get “dialogue”) meaning to say thoroughly, i.e. discuss (in argument or exhortation):–dispute, preach (unto), reason (with), speak. The word is more often translated as disputing or reasoning. What was he doing with his long ‘speech’? Exactly what in these versus we are commanded to do: teach, more correctly translated to make disciples. You cannot do that effectively in a “church” setting, which is why Jesus gave us the example of what church is supposed to look like, and in fact DID look like for hundreds of years during and after the Apostles’ lifetimes. They were Kingdom-minded, not church-minded. Church-mindedness is what I refer to mean, people who see the church as the Kingdom instead of seeing it as a tool FOR the Kingdom. They are all wrapped up in a church service as the reason for their existence. Many of them define themselves by what they do at church on Sundays, and in fact use it for self-worth or self-gain.

That is the true meaning of the commandment not to use the Lord’s name in vain. Most people incorrectly believe that the commandment (Ex 20:7 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.) means not to say cuss words with God’s name in it. They are missing an important truth; if you have a ministry, serve in a church in any capacity or do good works for your own desires, you are doing exactly what this commandment is referring to. And that is even worse than being church-minded. It is EXACTLY what the scribes and Pharisees were guilty of.

Kingdom-minded:   Kingdom: basileia, properly, royalty, i.e. (abstractly) rule, or (concretely) a realm (literally or figuratively):–kingdom, + reign.     What and where is this Kingdom that is to be our main focus and how do we become part of it? Well, let’s ask the King:

  1. How?
    1. Mt 5:20 For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.
    2. Mt 7:21  Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
    3. Mt 5:19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
    4. Mt 18:3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
    5. Mt 19:14 But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.
  2. Where?
    1. Mt 6:10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. (it is partly on earth and partly in heaven)
    2. Mt 8:11 And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven.
  3. What?
    1. Mt 13:11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
    2. Mt 13:24  Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field:
    3. Mt 13:44  Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.
    4. Mt 13:45 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls:
    5. Mt 13:47 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind:
    6. Mt 13:52 Then said he unto them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old.
    7. Mt 18:23 Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants.

What exactly is the “church”? Mt 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. {Peter: this name signifies a rock, Notice who is building the church- Jesus Himself! } the word is ekklesia (ek-klay-see’-ah). It means a calling out, i.e. (concretely) a popular meeting, especially a religious congregation (Jewish synagogue, or Christian community of members on earth or saints in heaven or both):–assembly, church.

Ac 2:44-47 And all that believed were together, and had all things common; And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.

The church is everyone that is saved. Mt 16:18 tells us clearly that Jesus is building His church as an army against the “gates of hell”.

Ac 2:34-35 For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, Until I make thy foes thy footstool.

Every time the word church is in the Bible it is referring to all believers on Earth and in Heaven with one exception: when the Spirit is referring only to members of the universal Body of Christ on Earth in a specific region ie. the church at Rome, Ephesus, Babylon, Philippi, Laodicea etc. (2Th 1:1  Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:)

Did these churches in different regions have a 501c(3)? No, of course not. Did they have buildings specifically for “church”? no. Does that mean we shouldn’t have buildings? Of course not- Buildings are amazing tools for the Church (that means people because it has a capital “C”) to use for ministry, unfortunately most “churches” don’t use their buildings for ministry, they use it for the church body (themselves). That is another way of being church-minded rather than Kingdom-minded; are we using our 501c(3) non-profit buildings for the growing of the Kingdom as Jesus commanded (Mt 9:35  And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching (making disciples) in their synagogues, and preaching (proclaiming) the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.) or are we using them to hang out with each other?

Again I submit to every ‘church’ in America that the place to hang out is in each other’s homes, the place for discipleship is in each other’s homes, the place for learning the Bible is in each other’s homes, the place to share our sins and hold each other accountable is in each other’s homes, the place for Spiritual growth is in each other’s homes, the place for worship and prayer and praise is in each other’s homes, the place to break bread (have communion) is in each other’s homes but the place that we “go out from into all the cities and villages” is our community centers, the 501c(3) run facility that gives us the ability to hold a lot of saved people (the true church, the Kingdom Army) who want to work in the Kingdom, and forge battle against the gates of hell. But instead, we use them so that everyone can show up and sit down for an hour. And worse, we spend all of our time and effort (as leaders or servants) on that one hour of “church service”.

Church:   “ekklesia”, from a compound of 1537 and a derivative of 2564; a calling out, i.e. (concretely) a popular meeting, especially a religious congregation (Jewish synagogue, or Christian community of members on earth or saints in heaven or both):–assembly, church.

We are called out, not called in. What a difference a preposition can make. I heard a preacher saying on the radio yesterday that “the only place for you to serve the Lord is in a local church. If you are not a member of a local church you can’t do any work for God. God created local churches and it is the ONLY place He created for His work”. I entertained his thought and his message, hoping that he would help my understanding of the place and role of church buildings, which most people call the “local church”. He did, but not in the way he intended or I expected.   Armies need Generals, Lieutenants et. al; leaders that have a vision. A leader’s number one priority is to protect that Vision (because it is God’s Vision) and disseminate that vision to his troops. Luckily, we know exactly what those leaders are supposed to look like:

1Ti 3:1+ This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.  A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)  Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.  Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.  Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre;  Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.  And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless. Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things. Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well. For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.

It is my personal opinion, and this is something I plan to dig deeper into at some point, that all of these names are somewhat interchangeable and were never intended to define what the organizational structure within what Americans call “church” is supposed to look like. Office of bishop, deacon are less titles than descriptors: Bishop, “episkopos” means literally to oversee. The root word meaning also verb; to dig(into God’s word?). The word deacon means to be an attendant, i.e. wait upon (menially or as a host, friend, or (figuratively) teacher); technically, to act as a Christian deacon:–(ad-)minister (unto), serve, use the office of a deacon.

The word office is not even there, “office of a deacon” is just the word “diakoneo”. “office of a bishop” is the same way, just the word episkopos. Similarly, one word- hierateia is used for “office of the priest”. So the word “office” is simply translated into the Bible in these places by inference, by the choice of the translators.   Furthermore, in the following verse, the word translated “office” is the word diakoneo- “deacon”, (Ro 11:13 For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office) but the following verse uses the word “praxis” which means “practice” (Ro 12:4 For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office).   So Biblically, I see zero reason to suppose/ assume that either of these are “church positions”, they are just practices of leadership. Let us look at “elder” in the New Testament. There are only 9 verses that mention the word and I will underline the ones that even remotely seem to refer to an “office” of elder:

  1. Lu 15:25 Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard music and dancing.
  2. Ro 9:12  It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger. {elder: or, greater} {younger: or, lesser}
  3. 1Ti 5:1 Rebuke not an elder, but intreat him as a father; and the younger men as brethren;
  4. 1Ti 5:2 The elder women as mothers; the younger as sisters, with all purity.
  5. 1Ti 5:19 Against an elder receive not an accusation, but before two or three witnesses.
  6. 1Pe 5:1 The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed:
  7. 1Pe 5:5 ¶ Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.
  8. 2Jo 1:1  The elder unto the elect lady and her children, whom I love in the truth; and not I only, but also all they that have known the truth;
  9. 3Jo 1:1  The elder unto the wellbeloved Gaius, whom I love in the truth.So we are left with 4 scriptures that we can even use to discern the role or office of an “elder”. In the last 2, John was SPECIFICALLY referring to himself as the writer of the letter, not an “office” so we can exclude those which leaves us with 2 scriptures:1Ti 5:19 Against an elder receive not an accusation, but before two or three witnesses.1Pe 5:1 The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed:What are the possible definitions of “an elder”? What is the etymology and English definitions?

Adjective: (of one or more out of a group of related or otherwise associated people) of a greater age. “my elder daughter”, Noun: a person of greater age than someone specified.

Etymology: “senior citizen,” c.1200, from Old English eldra “older person, parent” (used in biblical translation for Greek presbyter); see elder (adj.). The Old English for “grandfather” was ealdfæder.

Wikipedia: An elder in Christianity is a person valued for his wisdom who accordingly holds a particular position of responsibility in a Christian group. In some Christian traditions (e.g., Eastern Orthodoxy, Roman Catholicism, Anglicanism, Methodism) an elder is a clergy person who usually serves a local church or churches and who has been ordained to a ministry of Word, Sacrament and Order, filling the preaching and pastoral offices. In other Christian traditions (e.g., Presbyterianism, Baptists), an elder may be a lay person charged with serving as an administrator in a local church, or be ordained to such an office, also serving in the preaching (in this case referring to teaching done during church gatherings) and/or pastoral roles. Though there is technically a distinction between the idea of clergy elders and lay elders, often the two concepts are conflated in everyday conversation (for example, a lay-elder in the Baptist tradition may still be referred to as “clergy,” especially in America).

 

So, in English there is no record before 1200 a.d. to give us insight (The KJV was written in 1611). In terms of English there is no definition that involves anything but age-related explanations (supported by the Bible, 1Ti 4:12 Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.) So to answer the question whether the 2 remaining scriptures were referring to age or office I ask, “how old was Peter when he wrote 1 Peter”?

1 Peter was most likely written during the reign of Domitian in AD 81 which means Peter was 80 years old when he wrote it. Do you think that lends credence to his statement “The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder,” meaning that he was in a position of authority or that he had a “church position”, or does it simply mean he was a senior citizen, an older gentleman? If we say it is more plausible he was putting himself in an age bracket that leaves only one single scripture in the entire Bible to justify the idea that our churches should have elders, 1Ti 5:19 Against an elder receive not an accusation, but before two or three witnesses.

When I was about 17 I wrote a brief “thesis” that I called, “the theory of unjustified necessity” where I noted an observation; namely that everything I saw that really had no purpose in the world seemed to focus all its energy, time and money on creating a need for its existence. The easiest-to-understand example I can think of to explain it is computer antivirus companies creating viruses. Or Homeland Security creating terrorists.Could Satan himself have infiltrated the churches in the world and especially in America through seminaries? It makes much more sense that he would do that than to think that he is personally involving himself in each and every one of our lives- he is not omnipresent like God is-

Job 1:6 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them.  And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.

The Bible is not all-inclusive in how to be a great leader. It gives some great instruction and examples of leaders but there is plenty of leadership material that I read to supplement my leadership regiment (like the book I am reading now). Also, maybe it makes sense to specify the leadership capabilities; Since I am the global Director of Information and Communication Technology, no one comes to me and asks how well their guitar sanding is.  “Eph 4:11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers” “Eph 4:11 kai autoV edwken touV men apostolouV touV de projhtaV touV de euaggelistaV touV de poimenaV kai didaskalouV”

It is my personal opinion, that this is the one place in scripture where the actual “offices” are named one verse, rather than using descriptors. Certainly you can find other places where these are mentioned, but not all together. And if you will notice the word “some” is used prefacing the “office“ in every instance. In the last instance, you will notice something rather strange in the Koine- poimenaV kai didaskalouV- this is very difficult to translate to English and you almost always see it not translated at all or translated as a dash or hyphen; Pastor-teachers (shepherding disciplers).   For many years that is what I have specifically, personally called my “office” other than “minister”, but minister is the same as the others in my opinion; a descriptor. I don’t see mine tied to only one church- and personally I don’t agree that it should be for others either, for any of us. Feeling called to a church to serve locally and not simultaneously looking at the Kingdom globally as a whole is in my opinion,  church minded.   It is also my opinion (I could be wrong, I haven’t study it much in years) that each of these offices are related to Era’s in God’s timeline. While prophecy is certainly a gift, there are no more prophets. There are no more Apostles because you have to see Yeshua to be an Apostle. Pastor-teachers are the leadership office in the church age, and one day there will be 144 thousand Evangelists. Like prophecy, there is still a gift of evangelism, but not an office.

New Testament (Repeated Old Testament)

New Testament (AV) LXX (Brenton) Masoretic (AV)
Matthew 1:23 “Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and his name shall be called Emmanuel” (which means, God with us). Isaiah 7:14 behold, a virgin shall conceive in the womb, and shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Emmanuel. Isaiah 7:14 Behold, a virgin* shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel
Matthew 2:6 And thou, Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel. Micah 5:2 And thou, Bethleem, house of Ephratha, art few in number to be reckoned among the thousands of Juda; yet out of thee shall one come forth to me, to be a ruler of Israel; Micah 5:2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel;
Matthew 2:15 Out of Egypt have I called my son. Hosea 11:1 and out of Egypt have I called his children. Hosea 11:1 and called my son out of Egypt.
Matthew 2:18 In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted because they are not. Jeremiah 38:15 A voice was heard in Rama, of lamentation, and of weeping, and wailing; Rachel would not cease weeping for her children, because they are not. Jeremiah 31:15 A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, and bitter weeping; Rahel weeping for her children refused to be comforted for her children, because they were not.
Matthew 3:3 The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. Isaiah 40:3-5 The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight the paths of our God. Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low: and all the crooked ways shall become straight, and the rough places plains. And the glory of the Lord shall appear, and all flesh shall see the salvation of God: for the Lord has spoken it. Isaiah 40:3-5 The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain: And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see [it] together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken [it].
 
Mark 1:3 The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.
 
Luke 3:4-6 As it is written in the book of the words of Esaias the prophet, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways [shall be] made smooth; And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.
 
John 1:23 He said, I [am] the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias.
Matthew 4:4 Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Deuteronomy 8:3 man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God shall man live. Deuteronomy 8:3 man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live.
Luke 4:4 And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.
Matthew 4:6 He shall give His angels charge concerning thee and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. Psalms 90:11,12 For he shall give his angels charge concerning thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up on their hands, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. Psalms 91:11,12 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.
 
Luke 4:10-11 For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee: And in [their] hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.
Matthew 4:7 Thou shall not tempt the Lord thy God.Luke 4:12 And Jesus answering said unto him, It is said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. Deuteronomy 6:16 Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God Deuteronomy 6:16 Ye shall not tempt the LORD your God,
Matthew 4:10 Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. Deuteronomy 6:13 Thou shalt fear the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve, and thou shalt cleave to him, and by his name though shalt swear. Deuteronomy 6:13, 10:20 Thou shalt fear the LORD thy God, and serve him, and shalt swear by his name.
Luke 4:8 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. Deuteronomy 10:20 Thou shalt fear the Lord thy God, and serve him, and shall cleave to him, and shalt swear by his name. 
Matthew 4:15,16 The land of Zabulon, and the land of Nephthalim, by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles; The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up. Isaiah 9:1,2 Drink this first. Act quickly, O land of Zabulon, land of Nephthalim, and the rest inhabiting the sea-coast, and the land beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles. O people walking in darkness, behold a great light: ye that dwell in the region and shadow of death, a light shall shine upon you. Isaiah 9:1,2 …he lightly afflicted the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, and afterward did more grievously afflict her by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, in Galilee of the nations. The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.
Matthew 8:17 Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses Isaiah 53:4 He bears our sins, and is pained for us: yet we accounted him to be in trouble, and in suffering, and in affliction. Isaiah 53:4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows
Matthew 9:13 I will have mercy, and not sacrifice Hosea 6:7 For I will have mercy rather than sacrifice Hosea 6:6 For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice
Matthew 10:35,36 a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household. Micah 7:6 For the son dishonours his father, the daughter will rise up against her mother, the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law: those in his house shall be all a man’s enemies. Micah 7:6 For the son dishonoureth the father, the daughter riseth up against her mother, the daughter in law against her mother in law; a man’s enemies are the men of his own house.
Matthew 11:10 Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee. Malachi 3:1 Behold, I send forth my messenger, and he shall survey the way before me: Malachi 3:1 Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me:
 
Mark 1:2 As it is written in the prophets, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.
 
Luke 7:27 This is [he], of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.
Matthew 12:18-21 Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles. He shall not strive, nor cry; neither shall any man hear his voice in the streets. A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment unto victory. And in his name shall the Gentiles trust. Isaiah 42:1-4 Jacob is my servant, I will help him: Israel is my chosen, my soul has accepted him; I have put my Spirit upon him; he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles. He shall not cry, nor lift up his voice, nor shall his voice be heard without. A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench; but he shall bring forth judgment to truth. He shall shine out, and shall not be discouraged, until he have set judgment on the earth: and in his name shall the Gentiles trust. Isaiah 42:1-4 Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles. He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street. A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth. He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law.
Matthew 13:14,15 By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. Isaiah 6:9,10 Ye shall hear indeed, but ye shall not understand; and ye shall see indeed, but ye shall not perceive. For the heart of this people has become gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them. Isaiah 6:9,10 And he said, God, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not. Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed.
 
Mark 4:12 That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and [their] sins should be forgiven them.
 
Luke 8:10 And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.
 
John 12:40 He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with [their] eyes, nor understand with [their] heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.
 
Acts 28:26,27 Saying, Go unto this people, and say, Hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and not perceive: For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed; lest they should see with [their] eyes, and hear with [their] ears, and understand with [their] heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
Matthew 13:35 I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world. Psalms 77:2 I will open my mouth in parables: I will utter dark sayings which have been from the beginning. Psalms 78:2 I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old
Matthew 15:4 Honour thy father and mother. Exodus 20:12 Honour thy father and thy mother, that it may be well with thee, and that thou mayest live long on the good land, which the Lord thy God gives to thee. Exodus 20:12 Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
     
Mark 7:10 For Moses said, Honour thy father and thy mother; and, Whoso curseth father or mother, let him die the death: Deuteronomy 5:16 Honour thy father and thy mother, as the Lord thy God commanded thee; that it may be well with thee, and that thou mayest live long upon the land, which the Lord thy God gives thee. Deuteronomy 5:16 Honour thy father and thy mother, as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee; that thy days may be prolonged, and that it may go well with thee, in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
     
Ephesians 6:2,3 Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.    
Matthew 15:4 He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death. Exodus 21:16 He that reviles his father or his mother shall surely die. Exodus 21:17 And he that curseth his father, or his mother, shall surely be put to death.
 
Mark 7:10 For Moses said, Honour thy father and thy mother; and, Whoso curseth father or mother, let him die the death:
Matthew 15:8,9 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. Isaiah 29:13 And the Lord has said, This people draw nigh to me with their mouth, and they honour me with their lips, but their heart is far from me: but in vain do they worship me, teaching the commandments and doctrines of men. Isaiah 29:13 Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:
 
Mark 7:6,7 He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with [their] lips, but their heart is far from me. Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching [for] doctrines the commandments of men.
Matthew 18:16 But if he will not hear [thee, then] take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. Deuteronomy 19:15 One witness shall not stand to testify against a man for any iniquity, or for any fault, or for any sin which he may commit; by the mouth of two witnesses, or by the mouth of three witnesses, shall every word be established. Deuteronomy 19:15 One witness shall not rise up against a man for any iniquity, or for any sin, in any sin that he sinneth: at the mouth of two witnesses, or at the mouth of three witnesses, shall the matter be established.
 
2 Corinthians 13:1 This [is] the third [time] I am coming to you. In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.
Matthew 19:5 And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? Genesis 2:24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother and shall cleave to his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. Genesis 2:24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
 
Mark 10:7-8 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; 8 And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh.
 
1 Corinthians 6:16 What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? For two, saith he, shall be one flesh.
 
Ephesians 5:31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.
Matthew 21:5 Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass. Zechariah 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Sion; proclaim it aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem; behold, the King is coming to thee, just, and a Saviour; he is meek and riding on an ass, and a young foal. Zechariah 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he [is] just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.
 
John 12:15 Fear not, daughter of Sion: behold, thy King cometh, sitting on an ass’s colt.
Matthew 21:9 And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed [is] he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.Mark 11:9 And they that went before, and they that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna; Blessed [is] he that cometh in the name of the Lord: Psalms 117:26 Blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord: we have blessed you out of the house of the Lord. Psalms 118:26 Blessed [be] he that cometh in the name of the LORD: we have blessed you out of the house of the LORD.
 
Luke 13:35 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate: and verily I say unto you, Ye shall not see me, until [the time] come when ye shall say, Blessed [is] he that cometh in the name of the Lord.
 
Luke 19:38 Saying, Blessed [be] the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest.
 
John 12:13 Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed [is] the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord.
Matthew 21:13 And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves. Isaiah 56:7 I will bring them to my holy mountain, and gladden them in my house of prayer: their whole-burnt-offerings and their sacrifices shall be acceptable upon mine altar; for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations. Isaiah 56:7 Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices [shall be] accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people.
     
Mark 11:17 And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves. Jeremiah 7:11 Is my house, whereon my name is called, a den of robbers in your eyes? And, behold, I have seen it, saith the Lord. Jeremiah 7:11 Is this house, which is called by my name, become a den of robbers in your eyes? Behold, even I have seen [it], saith the LORD.
Matthew 21:16 And said unto him, Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise? Psalms 8:2 Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou perfected praise, because of thine enemies; that thou mightest put down the enemy and avenger. Psalms 8:2 Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.
Matthew 21:42 Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes? Psalms 117:22,23 The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner. This has been done of the Lord; and it is wonderful in our eyes. Psalms 118:22,23 The stone [which] the builders refused is become the head [stone] of the corner. This is the LORD’S doing; it [is] marvellous in our eyes.
 
Mark 12:10,11 And have ye not read this scripture; The stone which the builders rejected is become the head of the corner: This was the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?
 
Luke 20:17 And he beheld them, and said, What is this then that is written, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner?
 
Acts 4:11 This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner.
 
1 Peter 2:7 Unto you therefore which believe [he is] precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,
Matthew 22:24 Saying, Master, Moses said, If a man die, having no children, his brother shall marry his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother. Deuteronomy 25:5 And if brethren should live together, and one of them should die, and should not have seed, the wife of the deceased shall not marry out of the family to a man not related: her husband’s brother shall go in to her, and shall take her to himself for a wife, and shall dwell with her. Deuteronomy 25:5 If brethren dwell together, and one of them die, and have no child, the wife of the dead shall not marry without unto a stranger: her husband’s brother shall go in unto her, and take her to him to wife, and perform the duty of an husband’s brother unto her.
Matthew 22:32 I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living. Exodus 3:6 And he said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraam, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob; and Moses turned away his face, for he was afraid to gaze at God. Exodus 3:6 Moreover he said, I [am] the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God.
 
Mark 12:26 And as touching the dead, that they rise: have ye not read in the book of Moses, how in the bush God spake unto him, saying, I [am] the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob?
 
Acts 7:32 [Saying], I [am] the God of thy fathers, the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. Then Moses trembled, and durst not behold.
Matthew 22:37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. Deuteronomy 6:5 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy mind, and with all thy soul, and all thy strength. Deuteronomy 6:5 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
     
Mark 12:30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this [is] the first commandment. Deuteronomy 10:12 And now, Israel, what does the Lord thy God require of thee, but to fear the Lord thy God, and to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul; Deuteronomy 10:12 And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul,
     
Luke 10:27 And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself. Deuteronomy 30:6 And the Lord shall purge thy heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live. Deuteronomy 30:6 And the LORD thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live.
Matthew 22:39 And the second [is] like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. Leviticus 19:18 And thy hand shall not avenge thee; and thou shalt not be angry with the children of thy people; and thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself; I am the Lord. Leviticus 19:18 Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I [am] the LORD.
 
Mark 12:31 And the second [is] like, [namely] this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.
 
Romans 13:9 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if [there be] any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
 
Galatians 5:14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, [even] in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
 
James 2:8 If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:
Matthew 22:44 The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool? Psalms 109:1 The Lord said to my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool. Psalms 110:1 The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.
 
Mark 12:36 For David himself said by the Holy Ghost, The LORD said to my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool.
 
Luke 20:42,43 And David himself saith in the book of Psalms, The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, Till I make thine enemies thy footstool.
 
Acts 2:34-35 For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, until I make thy foes thy footstool.
 
Hebrews 1:13 But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool?
Matthew 26:31 Then saith Jesus unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad. Zechariah 13:7 Awake, O sword, against my shepherds, and against the man who is my citizen, saith the Lord Almighty: smite the shepherds, and draw out the sheep: and I will bring mine hand upon the little ones. Zechariah 13:7 Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man [that is] my fellow, saith the LORD of hosts: smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered: and I will turn mine hand upon the little ones.
 
Mark 14:27 And Jesus saith unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered.
Matthew 27:9 Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him that was valued, whom they of the children of Israel did value; And gave them for the potter’s field, as the Lord appointed me. Zechariah 11:12 And I will say to them, If it be good in your eyes, give me my price, or refuse it. And they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver. And the Lord said to me, Drop them into the furnace, and I will see if it is good metal, as I was proved for their sakes. And I took the thirty pieces of silver, and cast them into the furnace in the house of the Lord. Zechariah 11:12 And I said unto them, If ye think good, give [me] my price; and if not, forbear. So they weighed for my price thirty [pieces] of silver. And the LORD said unto me, Cast it unto the potter: a goodly price that I was prised at of them. And I took the thirty [pieces] of silver, and cast them to the potter in the house of the LORD.
Matthew 27:35 And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots. Psalms 21:18 They parted my garments among themselves, and cast lots upon my raiment. Psalms 22:18 They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.
 
John 19:24 They said therefore among themselves, Let us not rend it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be: that the scripture might be fulfilled, which saith, They parted my raiment among them, and for my vesture they did cast lots. These things therefore the soldiers did.
Matthew 27:46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? Psalms 21:1 O God, my God, attend to me: why hast thou forsaken me? the account of my transgressions is far from my salvation. Psalms 22:1 My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? [why art thou so] far from helping me, [and from] the words of my roaring?
 
Mark 15:34 And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
Mark 9:44 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. Isaiah 66:24 And they shall go forth, and see the carcases of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, and their fire shall not be quenched; and they shall be a spectacle to all flesh. Isaiah 66:24 And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh.
Mark 10:6 But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. Genesis 1:27 And God made man, according to the image of God he made him, male and female he made them. Genesis 1:27 So God created man in his [own] image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
Mark 12:29 And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments [is], Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: Deuteronomy 6:4 Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is one Lord. Deuteronomy 6:4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God [is] one LORD:
Mark 15:28 And the scripture was fulfilled, which saith, And he was numbered with the transgressors. Isaiah 53:12 Therefore he shall inherit many, and he shall divide the spoils of the mighty; because his soul was delivered to death: and he was numbered among the transgressors; and he bore the sins of many, and was delivered because of their iniquities. Isaiah 53:12 Therefore will I divide him [a portion] with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.
 
Luke 22:37 For I say unto you, that this that is written must yet be accomplished in me, And he was reckoned among the transgressors: for the things concerning me have an end.
Luke 1:17 And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord. Malachi 4:6 who shall turn again the heart of the father to the son, and the heart of a man to his neighbour, lest I come and smite the earth grievously. Malachi 4:6 And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.
Luke 2:23 (As it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that openeth the womb shall be called holy to the Lord;) Exodus 13:2 Sanctify to me every first-born, first produced, opening every womb among the children of Israel both of man and beast: it is mine. Exodus 13:2 Sanctify unto me all the firstborn, whatsoever openeth the womb among the children of Israel, [both] of man and of beast: it [is] mine.
Luke 2:24 And to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons. Leviticus 12:8 And if she cannot afford a lamb, then shall she take two turtledoves or two young pigeons, one for a whole-burnt-offering, and one for a sin-offering; and the priest shall make atonement for her, and she shall be purified. Leviticus 12:8 And if she be not able to bring a lamb, then she shall bring two turtles, or two young pigeons; the one for the burnt offering, and the other for a sin offering: and the priest shall make an atonement for her, and she shall be clean.
Luke 4:18,19 The Spirit of the Lord [is] upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. Isaiah 61:1,2 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me; he has sent me to preach glad tidings to the poor, to heal the broken in heart, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind; to declare the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of recompence; to comfort all that mourn; Isaiah 61:1,2 The Spirit of the Lord GOD [is] upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to [them that are] bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;
Luke 23:30 Then shall they begin to say to the mountains, Fall on us; and to the hills, Cover us. Hosea 10:8 And the altars of On, the sins of Israel, shall be taken away: thorns and thistles shall come up on their altars; and they shall say to the mountains, Cover us; and to the hills, Fall on us. Hosea 10:8 The high places also of Aven, the sin of Israel, shall be destroyed: the thorn and the thistle shall come up on their altars; and they shall say to the mountains, Cover us; and to the hills, Fall on us.
Luke 23:46 And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost. Psalms 30:5 Into thine hands I will commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me, O Lord God of truth. Psalms 31:5 Into thine hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me, O LORD God of truth.
John 2:17 And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up. Psalms 68:9 For the zeal of thine house has eaten me up; and the reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me. Psalms 69:9 For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up; and the reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me.
 
Romans 15:3 For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me.
John 6:45 It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me. Isaiah 54:13 And I will cause all thy sons to be taught of God, and thy children to be in great peace. Isaiah 54:13 And all thy children [shall be] taught of the LORD; and great [shall be] the peace of thy children.
John 10:34 Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods? Psalms 81:6 I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you children of the Most High. Psalms 82:6 I have said, Ye [are] gods; and all of you [are] children of the most High.
John 12:38 That the saying of Esaias the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spake, Lord, who hath believed our report? and to whom hath the arm of the Lord been revealed? Isaiah 53:1 O Lord, who has believed our report? and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? Isaiah 53:1 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?
 
Romans 10:16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?
John 13:18 I speak not of you all: I know whom I have chosen: but that the scripture may be fulfilled, He that eateth bread with me hath lifted up his heel against me. Psalms 40:9 For even the man of my peace, in whom I trusted, who ate my bread, lifted up his heel against me. Psalms 41:9 Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up [his] heel against me.
John 15:25 But [this cometh to pass], that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause. Psalms 68:4 They that hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of my head: my enemies that persecute me unrighteously are strengthened: then I restored that which I took not away. Psalms 69:4 They that hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of mine head: they that would destroy me, [being] mine enemies wrongfully, are mighty: then I restored [that] which I took not away.
John 19:36 For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken. Psalms 33:20 He keeps all their bones: not one of them shall be broken. Psalms 34:20 He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken.
   
Exodus 12:46 In one house shall it be eaten, and ye shall not carry of the flesh out from the house; and a bone of it ye shall not break. Exodus 12:46 In one house shall it be eaten; thou shalt not carry forth ought of the flesh abroad out of the house; neither shall ye break a bone thereof.
John 19:37 And again another scripture saith, They shall look on him whom they pierced. Zechariah 12:10 And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and compassion: and they shall look upon me, because they have mocked me, and they shall make lamentation for him, as for a beloved friend, and they shall grieve intensely, as for a first-born son. Zechariah 12:10 And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for [his] only [son], and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for [his] firstborn.
Acts 1:20 For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be desolate, and let no man dwell therein: and his bishoprick let another take. Psalms 68:25 Let their habitation be made desolate; and let there be no inhabitant in their tents: Psalms 69:25 Let their habitation be desolate; [and] let none dwell in their tents.
   
Psalms 108:8 Let his days be few: and let another take his office of overseer. Psalms 109:8 Let his days be few; [and] let another take his office.
Acts 2:17-20 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come: 21 And it shall come to pass, [that] whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved. Joel 2:28-32 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions. And on my servants and on my handmaids in those days will I pour out of my Spirit. And I will shew wonders in heaven, and upon the earth, blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and glorious day of the Lord come. And it shall come to pass that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved: for in mount Sion and in Jerusalem shall the saved one be as the Lord has said, and they that have glad tidings preached to them, whom the Lord has called. Joel 2:28-32 And it shall come to pass afterward, [that] I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit. And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come. And it shall come to pass, [that] whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call.
 
Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Acts 2:25-28 For David speaketh concerning him, I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved: Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope: Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance. Psalms 15:8-11 I foresaw the Lord always before my face; for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved. Therefore my heart rejoiced and my tongue exulted; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope: because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou wilt fill me with joy with thy countenance: at thy right hand there are delights for ever. Psalms 16:8-11 I have set the LORD always before me: because [he is] at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope. For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence [is] fulness of joy; at thy right hand [there are] pleasures for evermore.
 
Acts 13:35 Wherefore he saith also in another [psalm], Thou shalt not suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.
Acts 3:22-23 For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you. And it shall come to pass, [that] every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people. Deuteronomy 18:15 The Lord thy God shall raise up to thee a prophet of thy brethren, like me; him shall ye hear: Deuteronomy 18:15 The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken;
     
Acts 7:37 This is that Moses, which said unto the children of Israel, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear. Deuteronomy 18:18-19 I will raise up to them a prophet of their brethren, like thee; and I will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them as I shall command him. And whatever man shall not hearken to whatsoever words that prophet shall speak in my name, I will take vengeance on him. Deuteronomy 18:18-19 I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him. And it shall come to pass, [that] whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require [it] of him.
Acts 3:25 Ye are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying unto Abraham, And in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed. Genesis 22:18 And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, because thou hast hearkened to my voice. Genesis 22:18 And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.
     
Galatians 3:8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, [saying], In thee shall all nations be blessed. Genesis 26:4 And I will multiply thy seed as the stars of heaven; and I will give to thy seed all this land, and all the nations of the earth shall be blest in thy seed. Genesis 26:4 And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed;
     
  Genesis 28:14 And thy seed shall be as the sand of the earth; and it shall spread abroad to the sea, and the south, and the north, and to the east; and in thee and in thy seed shall all the tribes of the earth be blessed. Genesis 28:14 And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed.
Acts 4:25 Who by the mouth of thy servant David hast said, Why did the heathen rage, and the people imagine vain things? 26 The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ. Psalms 2:1-2 Wherefore did the heathen rage, and the nations imagine vain things? The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers gathered themselves together, against the Lord and against his Christ; Psalms 2:1-2 Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, [saying],
Acts 7:3 And said unto him, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and come into the land which I shall shew thee. Genesis 12:1 And the Lord said to Abram, Go forth out of thy land and out of thy kindred, and out of the house of thy father, and come into the land which I shall shew thee. Genesis 12:1 Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:
Acts 7:7 And the nation to whom they shall be in bondage will I judge, said God: and after that shall they come forth, and serve me in this place. Genesis 15:14 And the nation whomsoever they shall serve I will judge; and after this, they shall come forth hither with much property. Genesis 15:14 And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance.
   
Exodus 3:12 And God spoke to Moses, saying, I will be with thee, and this shall be the sign to thee that I shall send thee forth,–when thou bringest out my people out of Egypt, then ye shall serve God in this mountain. Exodus 3:12 And he said, Certainly I will be with thee; and this [shall be] a token unto thee, that I have sent thee: When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain.
Acts 7:27,28 But he that did his neighbour wrong thrust him away, saying, Who made thee a ruler and a judge over us? Wilt thou kill me, as thou diddest the Egyptian yesterday? Exodus 2:14 And he said, Who made thee a ruler and a judge over us? wilt thou slay me as thou yesterday slewest the Egyptian? Then Moses was alarmed, and said, If it be thus, this matter has become known. Exodus 2:14 And he said, Who made thee a prince and a judge over us? intendest thou to kill me, as thou killedst the Egyptian? And Moses feared, and said, Surely this thing is known.
Acts 7:33 Then said the Lord to him, Put off thy shoes from thy feet: for the place where thou standest is holy ground. Exodus 3:5 And he said, Draw not nigh hither: loose thy sandals from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground. Exodus 3:5 And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest [is] holy ground.
Acts 7:34 I have seen, I have seen the affliction of my people which is in Egypt, and I have heard their groaning, and am come down to deliver them. And now come, I will send thee into Egypt. Exodus 3:7,8 And the Lord said to Moses, I have surely seen the affliction of my people that is in Egypt, and I have heard their cry caused by their taskmasters; for I know their affliction. And I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them into a good and wide land, into a land flowing with milk and honey, into the place of the Chananites, and the Chettites, and the Amorites, and Pherezites, and Gergesites, and Evites, and Jebusites. Exodus 3:7,8 And the LORD said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which [are] in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows; And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey; unto the place of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites.
 
Exodus 3:10
Acts 7:40 Saying unto Aaron, Make us gods to go before us: for [as for] this Moses, which brought us out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him. Exodus 32:1 And when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down from the mountain, the people combined against Aaron, and said to him, Arise and make us gods who shall go before us; for this Moses, the man who brought us forth out of the land of Egypt — we do not know what is become of him. Exodus 32:1 And when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down out of the mount, the people gathered themselves together unto Aaron, and said unto him, Up, make us gods, which shall go before us; for [as for] this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him.
   
Exodus 32:23 For they say to me, Make us gods, which shall go before us; for as for this man Moses, who brought us out of Egypt, we do not know what is become of him. Exodus 32:23 For they said unto me, Make us gods, which shall go before us: for [as for] this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him.
Acts 7:42,43 Then God turned, and gave them up to worship the host of heaven; as it is written in the book of the prophets, O ye house of Israel, have ye offered to me slain beasts and sacrifices [by the space of] forty years in the wilderness? Yea, ye took up the tabernacle of Moloch, and the star of your god Remphan, figures which ye made to worship them: and I will carry you away beyond Babylon. Amos 5:25-27 Have ye offered to me victims and sacrifices, O house of Israel, forty years in the wilderness? Yea, ye took up the tabernacle of Moloch, and the star of your god Raephan, the images of them which ye made for yourselves. And I will carry you away beyond Damascus, saith the Lord, the Almighty God is his name. Amos 5:25-27 Have ye offered unto me sacrifices and offerings in the wilderness forty years, O house of Israel? But ye have borne the tabernacle of your Moloch and Chiun your images, the star of your god, which ye made to yourselves. Therefore will I cause you to go into captivity beyond Damascus, saith the LORD, whose name [is] The God of hosts.
Acts 7:49,50 Heaven [is] my throne, and earth [is] my footstool: what house will ye build me? saith the Lord: or what [is] the place of my rest? Hath not my hand made all these things? Isaiah 66:1,2 Thus saith the Lord, Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: what kind of a house will ye build me? and of what kind is to be the place of my rest? For all these things are mine, saith the Lord: and to whom will I have respect, but to the humble and meek, and the man that trembles at my words? Isaiah 66:1,2 Thus saith the LORD, The heaven [is] my throne, and the earth [is] my footstool: where [is] the house that ye build unto me? and where [is] the place of my rest? For all those [things] hath mine hand made, and all those [things] have been, saith the LORD: but to this [man] will I look, [even] to [him that is] poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.
Acts 8:32,33 The place of the scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth: In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who shall declare his generation? for his life is taken from the earth. Isaiah 53:7,8 And he, because of his affliction, opens not his mouth: he was led as a sheep to the slaughter, and as a lamb before the shearer is dumb, so he opens not his mouth. In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: who shall declare his generation? for his life is taken away from the earth: because of the iniquities of my people he was led to death. Isaiah 53:7,8 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.
Acts 13:22 And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the [son] of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will. I Samuel 13:14 But now thy kingdom shall not stand to thee, and the Lord shall seek for himself a man after his own heart; and the Lord shall appoint him to be a ruler over his people, because thou hast not kept all that the Lord commanded thee. 1 Samuel 13:14 But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the LORD hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the LORD hath commanded him [to be] captain over his people, because thou hast not kept [that] which the LORD commanded thee.
   
Psalms 88:20 I have found David my servant; I have anointed him by my holy mercy. Psalms 89:20 I have found David my servant; with my holy oil have I anointed him:
Acts 13:33 God hath fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that he hath raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the second psalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee. Psalms 2:7 declaring the ordinance of the Lord: the Lord said to me, Thou art my Son, today have I begotten thee. Psalms 2:7 I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou [art] my Son; this day have I begotten thee.
 
Hebrews 1:5 For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?
 
Hebrews 5:5 So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee.
Acts 13:34 And as concerning that he raised him up from the dead, [now] no more to return to corruption, he said on this wise, I will give you the sure mercies of David. Isaiah 55:3 Give heed with your ears, and follow my ways: hearken to me, and your soul shall live in prosperity; and I will make with you an everlasting covenant, the sure mercies of David. Isaiah 55:3 Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, [even] the sure mercies of David.
Acts 13:41 Behold, ye despisers, and wonder, and perish: for I work a work in your days, a work which ye shall in no wise believe, though a man declare it unto you. Habakkuk 1:5 Behold, ye despisers, and look, and wonder marvellously, and vanish: for I work a work in your days, which ye will in no wise believe, though a man declare it to you. Habakkuk 1:5 Behold ye among the heathen, and regard, and wonder marvellously: for [I] will work a work in your days, [which] ye will not believe, though it be told [you].
Acts 13:47 For so hath the Lord commanded us, [saying], I have set thee to be a light of the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be for salvation unto the ends of the earth. Isaiah 42:6 I the Lord God have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will strengthen thee: and I have given thee for the covenant of a race, for a light of the Gentiles. Isaiah 42:6 I the LORD have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles;
   
Isaiah 49:6 And he said to me, It is a great thing for thee to be called my servant, to establish the tribes of Jacob, and to recover the dispersion of Israel: behold, I have given thee for the covenant of a race, for a light of the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be for salvation to the end of the earth. Isaiah 49:6 And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth.
Acts 15:16,17 After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up: That the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called, saith the Lord, who doeth all these things. Amos 9:11,12 In that day I will raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and will rebuild the ruins of it, and will set up the parts thereof that have been broken down, and will build it up as in the ancient days: that the remnant of men, and all the Gentiles upon whom my name is called, may earnestly seek me, saith the Lord who does all these things. Amos 9:11,12 In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old: That they may possess the remnant of Edom, and of all the heathen, which are called by my name, saith the LORD that doeth this.
Acts 23:5 Then said Paul, I wist not, brethren, that he was the high priest: for it is written, Thou shalt not speak evil of the ruler of thy people. Exodus 22:28 Thou shalt not revile the gods, nor speak ill of the ruler of thy people. Exodus 22:28 Thou shalt not revile the gods, nor curse the ruler of thy people.
Romans 1:17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. Habakkuk 2:3,4 For the vision is yet for a time, and it shall shoot forth at the end, and not in vain: though he should tarry, wait for him; for he will surely come, and will not tarry. If he should draw back, my soul has no pleasure in him: but the just shall live by my faith. Habakkuk 2:3,4 For the vision [is] yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. Behold, his soul [which] is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.
 
Galatians 3:11 But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, [it is] evident: for, The just shall live by faith.
 
Hebrews 10:37,38 For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry. Now the just shall live by faith: but if [any man] draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.
Romans 2:6 Who will render to every man according to his deeds: Psalms 61:12 and mercy is thine, O Lord; for thou wilt recompense every one according to his works. Psalms 62:12 Also unto thee, O Lord, [belongeth] mercy: for thou renderest to every man according to his work.
   
Proverbs 24:12 But if thou shouldest say, I know not this man; know that the Lord knows the hearts of all; and he that formed breath for all, he knows all things, who renders to every man according to his works. Proverbs 24:12 If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider [it]? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth [not] he know [it]? and shall [not] he render to [every] man according to his works?
Romans 2:24 For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you, as it is written. Isaiah 52:5 And now why are ye here? Thus saith the Lord, Because my people was taken for nothing, wonder ye and howl. Thus saith the Lord, On account of you my name is continually blasphemed among the Gentiles. Isaiah 52:5 Now therefore, what have I here, saith the LORD, that my people is taken away for nought? they that rule over them make them to howl, saith the LORD; and my name continually every day [is] blasphemed.
Romans 3:4 God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged. Psalms 50:4 Against thee only have I sinned, and done evil before thee: that thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged. Psalms 51:4 Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done [this] evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, [and] be clear when thou judgest.
Romans 3:10-18 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Their throat [is] an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps [is] under their lips: Whose mouth [is] full of cursing and bitterness: Their feet [are] swift to shed blood: Destruction and misery [are] in their ways: And the way of peace have they not known: There is no fear of God before their eyes. Psalms 13:1-3 The fool has said in his heart, There is no God. They have corrupted themselves, and become abominable in their devices; there is none that does goodness, there is not even so much as one. The Lord looked down from heaven upon the sons of men, to see if there were any that understood, or sought after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become good for nothing, there is none that does good, no not one. Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness; their feet are swift to shed blood: destruction and misery are in their ways; and the way of peace they have not known: there is no fear of God before their eyes. Psalms 14:1-3 The fool hath said in his heart, [There is] no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, [there is] none that doeth good. The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, [and] seek God. They are all gone aside, they are [all] together become filthy: [there is] none that doeth good, no, not one.
   
Psalms 5:10 Psalms 53:1-3 The fool hath said in his heart, [There is] no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: [there is] none that doeth good. God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were [any] that did understand, that did seek God. Every one of them is gone back: they are altogether become filthy; [there is] none that doeth good, no, not one.
   
Psalms 139:4 Psalms 5:9 For [there is] no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part [is] very wickedness; their throat [is] an open sepulchre; they flatter with their tongue.
   
Psalms 9:28 Psalms 140:3 They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent; adders’ poison [is] under their lips. Selah.
   
Isaiah 59:7-8 Psalms 10:7 His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and fraud: under his tongue [is] mischief and vanity.
   
Psalms 35:2 Proverbs 1:16 For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood.
   
  Isaiah 59:7,8 Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts [are] thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction [are] in their paths. The way of peace they know not; and [there is] no judgment in their goings: they have made them crooked paths: whosoever goeth therein shall not know peace.
   
  Psalms 36:1 The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart, [that there is] no fear of God before his eyes.
Romans 4:3 For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. Genesis 15:6 And Abram believed God, and it was counted to him for righteousness. Genesis 15:6 And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.
 
Romans 4:22 And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.
 
Galatians 3:6 Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.
 
James 2:23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.
Romans 4:7,8 [Saying], Blessed [are] they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Blessed [is] the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin. Psalms 31:1,2 Blessed are they whose transgressions are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin, and in whose mouth there is no guile. Psalms 32:1,2 Blessed [is he whose] transgression [is] forgiven, [whose] sin [is] covered. Blessed [is] the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit [there is] no guile.
Romans 4:17 (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, [even] God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were. Genesis 17:5 And thy name shall no more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraam, for I have made thee a father of many nations. Genesis 17:5 Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee.
Romans 4:18 Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. Genesis 15:5 And he brought him out and said to him, Look up now to heaven, and count the stars, if thou shalt be able to number them fully, and he said, Thus shall thy seed be. Genesis 15:5 And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.
Romans 8:36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Psalms 43:22 For, for thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are counted as sheep for slaughter. Psalms 44:22 Yea, for thy sake are we killed all the day long; we are counted as sheep for the slaughter.
Romans 9:7 Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, [are they] all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called. Genesis 21:12 But God said to Abraam, Let it not be hard before thee concerning the child, and concerning the bondwoman; in all things whatsoever Sarrha shall say to thee, hear her voice, for in Isaac shall thy seed be called. Genesis 21:12 And God said unto Abraham, Let it not be grievous in thy sight because of the lad, and because of thy bondwoman; in all that Sarah hath said unto thee, hearken unto her voice; for in Isaac shall thy seed be called.
 
Hebrews 11:18 Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called:
Romans 9:9 For this [is] the word of promise, At this time will I come, and Sara shall have a son. Genesis 18:10 And he said, I will return and come to thee according to this period seasonably, and Sarrha thy wife shall have a son; and Sarrha heard at the door of the tent, being behind him. Genesis 18:10 And he said, I will certainly return unto thee according to the time of life; and, lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son. And Sarah heard [it] in the tent door, which [was] behind him.
   
Genesis 18:14 Shall anything be impossible with the Lord? At this time I will return to thee seasonably, and Sarrha shall have a son. Genesis 18:14 Is any thing too hard for the LORD? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.
Romans 9:12 It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger. Genesis 25:23 And the Lord said to her, There are two nations in thy womb, and two peoples shall be separated from thy belly, and one people shall excel the other, and the elder shall serve the younger. Genesis 25:23 And the LORD said unto her, Two nations [are] in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and [the one] people shall be stronger than [the other] people; and the elder shall serve the younger.
Romans 9:13 As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated. Malachi 1:2,3 I have loved you, saith the Lord. And ye said, Wherein hast thou loved us? Was not Esau Jacob’s brother? saith the Lord: yet I loved Jacob, and hated Esau, and laid waste his borders, and made his heritage as dwellings of the wilderness? Malachi 1:2,3 I have loved you, saith the LORD. Yet ye say, Wherein hast thou loved us? [Was] not Esau Jacob’s brother? saith the LORD: yet I loved Jacob, And I hated Esau, and laid his mountains and his heritage waste for the dragons of the wilderness.
Romans 9:15 For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. Exodus 33:19 And God said, I will pass by before thee with my glory, and I will call by my name, the Lord, before thee; and I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have pity on whom I will have pity. Exodus 33:19 And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy.
Romans 9:17 For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth. Exodus 9:16 And for this purpose hast thou been preserved, that I might display in thee my strength, and that my name might be published in all the earth. Exodus 9:16 And in very deed for this [cause] have I raised thee up, for to shew [in] thee my power; and that my name may be declared throughout all the earth.
Romans 9:20 Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed [it], Why hast thou made me thus? Isaiah 29:16 Shall ye not be counted as clay of the potter? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Thou didst not form me? or the work to the maker, Thou hast not made me wisely? Isaiah 29:16 Surely your turning of things upside down shall be esteemed as the potter’s clay: for shall the work say of him that made it, He made me not? or shall the thing framed say of him that framed it, He had no understanding?
   
Isaiah 45:9 What excellent thing have I prepared as clay of the potter? Will the ploughman plough the earth all day? shall the clay say to the potter, What art thou doing that thou dost not work, nor hast hands? shall the thing formed answer him that formed it? Isaiah 45:9 Woe unto him that striveth with his Maker! [Let] the potsherd [strive] with the potsherds of the earth. Shall the clay say to him that fashioneth it, What makest thou? or thy work, He hath no hands?
Romans 9:25,26 As he saith also in Osee, I will call them my people, which were not my people; and her beloved, which was not beloved. And it shall come to pass, [that] in the place where it was said unto them, Ye [are] not my people; there shall they be called the children of the living God. Hosea 2:23 And I will sow her to me on the earth; and will love her that was not loved, and will say to that which was not my people, Thou art my people; and they shall say, Thou art the Lord my God. Hosea 2:23 And I will sow her unto me in the earth; and I will have mercy upon her that had not obtained mercy; and I will say to [them which were] not my people, Thou [art] my people; and they shall say, [Thou art] my God.
   
Hosea 1:10 Yet the number of the children of Israel was as the sand of the sea, which shall not be measured nor numbered; and it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said to them, Ye are not my people, even they shall be called the sons of the living God. Hosea 1:10 Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured nor numbered; and it shall come to pass, [that] in the place where it was said unto them, Ye [are] not my people, [there] it shall be said unto them, [Ye are] the sons of the living God.
Romans 9:27,28 Esaias also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved: For he will finish the work, and cut [it] short in righteousness: because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth. Isaiah 10:22,23 And though the people of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant of them shall be saved. He will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because the Lord will make a short work in all the world. Isaiah 10:22,23 For though thy people Israel be as the sand of the sea, [yet] a remnant of them shall return: the consumption decreed shall overflow with righteousness. For the Lord GOD of hosts shall make a consumption, even determined, in the midst of all the land.
Romans 9:29 And as Esaias said before, Except the Lord of Sabaoth had left us a seed, we had been as Sodoma, and been made like unto Gomorrha. Isaiah 1:9 And if the Lord of Sabaoth had not left us a seed, we should have been as Sodoma, and we should have been made like to Gomorrha. Isaiah 1:9 Except the LORD of hosts had left unto us a very small remnant, we should have been as Sodom, [and] we should have been like unto Gomorrah.
Romans 9:33 As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. Isaiah 8:14 And if thou shalt trust in him, he shall be to thee for a sanctuary; and ye shall not come against him as against a stumbling-stone, neither as against the falling of a rock: but the houses of Jacob are in a snare, and the dwellers in Jerusalem in a pit. Isaiah 8:14 And he shall be for a sanctuary; but for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offence to both the houses of Israel, for a gin and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
     
Romans 10:11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. Isaiah 28:16 therefore thus saith the Lord, even the Lord, Behold I lay for the foundations of Sion a costly stone, a choice, a corner-stone, a precious stone, for its foundations; and he that believes on him shall by no means be ashamed. Isaiah 28:16 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner [stone], a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.
     
1 Peter 2:6 Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.    
     
1 Peter 2:8 And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, [even to them] which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.    
Romans 10:5 For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them. Leviticus 18:5 So ye shall keep all my ordinances, and all my judgments, and do them; which if a man do, he shall live in them: I am the Lord your God. Leviticus 18:5 Ye shall therefore keep my statutes, and my judgments: which if a man do, he shall live in them: I [am] the LORD.
 
Galatians 3:12 And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them.
Romans 10:6-8 But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down [from above]:) Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.) But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, [even] in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; Deuteronomy 30:12-14 It is not in heaven above, as if there were one saying, Who shall go up for us into heaven, and shall take it for us, and we will hear and do it? Neither is it beyond the sea, saying, Who will go over for us to the other side of the sea, and take it for us, and make it audible to us, and we will do it? The word is very near thee, in thy mouth, and in thine heart, and in thine hands to do it. Deuteronomy 30:12-14 It [is] not in heaven, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it? Neither [is] it beyond the sea, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it? But the word [is] very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it.
Romans 10:15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! Isaiah 52:7 as a season of beauty upon the mountains, as the feet of one preaching glad tidings of peace, as one preaching good news: for I will publish thy salvation, saying, O Sion, thy God shall reign. Isaiah 52:7 How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!
Romans 10:18 But I say, Have they not heard? Yes verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world. Psalms 18:4 Their voice is gone out into all the earth, and their words to the ends of the world. Psalms 19:4 Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun,
Romans 10:19 But I say, Did not Israel know? First Moses saith, I will provoke you to jealousy by [them that are] no people, [and] by a foolish nation I will anger you. Deuteronomy 32:21 They have provoked me to jealousy with that which is not God, they have exasperated me with their idols; and I will provoke them to jealousy with them that are no nation, I will anger them with a nation void of understanding. Deuteronomy 32:21 They have moved me to jealousy with [that which is] not God; they have provoked me to anger with their vanities: and I will move them to jealousy with [those which are] not a people; I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation.
Romans 10:20 But Esaias is very bold, and saith, I was found of them that sought me not; I was made manifest unto them that asked not after me. Isaiah 65:1 I became manifest to them that asked not for me; I was found of them that sought me not: I said, Behold, I am here, to a nation, who called not on my name. Isaiah 65:1 I am sought of [them that] asked not [for me]; I am found of [them that] sought me not: I said, Behold me, behold me, unto a nation [that] was not called by my name.
Romans 10:21 But to Israel he saith, All day long I have stretched forth my hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people. Isaiah 65:2 I have stretched forth my hands all day to a disobedient and gainsaying people, to them that walked in a way that was not good, but after their sins. Isaiah 65:2 I have spread out my hands all the day unto a rebellious people, which walketh in a way [that was] not good, after their own thoughts;
Romans 11:3 Lord, they have killed thy prophets, and digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life. I Kings 19:10 And Eliu said, I have been very jealous for the Lord Almighty, because the children of Israel have forsaken thee: they have digged down thine altars, and have slain thy prophets with the sword; and I only am left alone, and they seek my life to take it. 1 Kings 19:10 And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, [even] I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.
   
I Kings 19:14 And Eliu said, I have been very jealous for the Lord Almighty; for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenent, and they have overthrown thine altars, and have slain thy prophets with the sword! and I am left entirely alone, and they seek my life to take it. 1 Kings 19:14 And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: because the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, [even] I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.
Romans 11:4 But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to [the image of] Baal. I Kings 19:18 And thou shalt leave in Israel seven thousand men, all the knees which had not bowed themselves to Baal, and every mouth which had not worshipped him. 1 Kings 19:18 Yet I have left [me] seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him.
Romans 11:8 (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day. Deuteronomy 29:3,4 the great temptations which thine eyes have seen, the signs, and those great wonders. Yet the Lord God has not given you a heart to know, and eyes to see, and ears to hear, until this day. Deuteronomy 29:3,4 The great temptations which thine eyes have seen, the signs, and those great miracles: Yet the LORD hath not given you an heart to perceive, and eyes to see, and ears to hear, unto this day.
Romans 11:9 And David saith, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumblingblock, and a recompence unto them: Psalms 68:22,23 Let their table before them be for a snare, and for a recompence, and for a stumbling-block. Let their eyes be darkened that they should not see; and bow down their back continually. Psalms 69:22,23 Let their table become a snare before them: and [that which should have been] for [their] welfare, [let it become] a trap. Let their eyes be darkened, that they see not; and make their loins continually to shake.
Romans 11:26,27 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: For this [is] my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins. Isaiah 59:20,21 And the deliverer shall come for Sion’s sake, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob. And this shall be my covenant with them, said the Lord; My Spirit which is upon thee, and the words which I have put in thy mouth, shall never fail from thy mouth, nor from the mouth of thy seed, for the Lord has spoken it, henceforth and for ever. Isaiah 59:20,21 And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the LORD. As for me, this [is] my covenant with them, saith the LORD; My spirit that [is] upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed’s seed, saith the LORD, from henceforth and for ever.
Romans 11:34,35 For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor? Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again? Isaiah 40:13,14 Who has known the mind of the Lord? and who has been his counsellor, to instruct him? Or with whom has he taken counsel, and he has instructed him? or who has taught him judgment, or who has taught him the way of understanding; [Alex.+Or who has first given to him, and it shall be recompense to him again?] Isaiah 40:13,14 Who hath directed the Spirit of the LORD, or [being] his counsellor hath taught him? With whom took he counsel, and [who] instructed him, and taught him in the path of judgment, and taught him knowledge, and shewed to him the way of understanding?
 
1 Corinthians 2:16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.
Romans 12:19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but [rather] give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance [is] mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Deuteronomy 32:35 In the day of vengeance I will recompense, whensoever their foot shall be tripped up; for the day of their destruction is near to them, and the judgments at hand are close upon you. Deuteronomy 32:35 To me [belongeth] vengeance, and recompence; their foot shall slide in [due] time: for the day of their calamity [is] at hand, and the things that shall come upon them make haste.
 
Hebrews 10:30 For we know him that hath said, Vengeance [belongeth] unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.
Romans 12:20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Proverbs 25:21,22 If thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink; for so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the Lord shall reward thee with good. Proverbs 25:21,22 If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink: For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the LORD shall reward thee.
Romans 14:11 For it is written, [As] I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. Isaiah 45:23,24 By myself I swear, righteousness shall surely proceed out of my mouth; my words shall not be frustrated; that to me every knee shall bend, and every tongue shall swear by God, Isaiah 45:23 I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth [in] righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.
 
Isaiah 49:18
Romans 15:9 And that the Gentiles might glorify God for [his] mercy; as it is written, For this cause I will confess to thee among the Gentiles, and sing unto thy name. 2 Samuel 22:50 Therefore will I confess to thee, O Lord, among the Gentiles, and sing to thy name. 2 Samuel 22:50 Therefore I will give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and I will sing praises unto thy name.
   
Psalms 17:49 Therefore will I confess to thee, O Lord, among the Gentiles, and sing to thy name. Psalms 18:49 Therefore will I give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and sing praises unto thy name.
Romans 15:10 And again he saith, Rejoice, ye Gentiles, with his people. Deuteronomy 32:43 Rejoice, ye heavens, with him, and let all the angels of God worship him; rejoice ye Gentiles, with his people, and let all the sons of God strengthen themselves in him; for he will avenge the blood of his sons, and he will render vengeance, and recompense justice to his enemies, and will reward them that hate him; and the Lord shall purge the land of his people. Deuteronomy 32:43 Rejoice, O ye nations, [with] his people: for he will avenge the blood of his servants, and will render vengeance to his adversaries, and will be merciful unto his land, [and] to his people.
 
Hebrews 1:6 And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.
Romans 15:11 And again, Praise the Lord, all ye Gentiles; and laud him, all ye people. Psalms 116:1 Praise the Lord, all ye nations: praise him, all ye peoples. Psalms 117:1 O praise the LORD, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people.
Romans 15:12 And again, Esaias saith, There shall be a root of Jesse, and he that shall rise to reign over the Gentiles; in him shall the Gentiles trust. Isaiah 11:10 And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, and he that shall arise to rule over the Gentiles; in him shall the Gentiles trust, and his rest shall be glorious. Isaiah 11:10 And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.
Romans 15:21 But as it is written, To whom he was not spoken of, they shall see: and they that have not heard shall understand. Isaiah 52:15 Thus shall many nations wonder at him; and kings shall keep their mouths shut: for they to whom no report was brought concerning him, shall see; and they who have not heard, shall consider. Isaiah 52:15 So shall he sprinkle many nations; the kings shall shut their mouths at him: for [that] which had not been told them shall they see; and [that] which they had not heard shall they consider.
1 Corinthians 1:19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. Isaiah 29:14 Therefore behold I will proceed to remove this people, and I will remove them: and I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will hide the understanding of the prudent. Isaiah 29:14 Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvellous work among this people, [even] a marvellous work and a wonder: for the wisdom of their wise [men] shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent [men] shall be hid.
1 Corinthians 1:31 That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord. Jeremiah 9:24 but let him that boasts boast in this, the understanding and knowing that I am the Lord that exercise mercy, and judgment, and righteousness, upon the earth; for in these things is my pleasure, saith the Lord. Jeremiah 9:24 But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I [am] the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these [things] I delight, saith the LORD.
 
2 Corinthians 10:17 But he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.
1 Corinthians 2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. Isaiah 64:4 From of old we have not heard, neither have our eyes seen a God beside thee, and thy works which thou wilt perform to them that wait for mercy. Isaiah 64:4 For since the beginning of the world [men] have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, [what] he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him.
1 Corinthians 3:19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness. Job 5:13 who takes the wise in their wisdom, and subverts the counsel of the crafty. Job 5:13 He taketh the wise in their own craftiness: and the counsel of the froward is carried headlong.
1 Corinthians 3:20 And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain. Psalms 93:11 The Lord knows the thoughts of men, that they are vain. Psalms 94:11 The LORD knoweth the thoughts of man, that they [are] vanity.
1 Corinthians 5:13 But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person. Deuteronomy 17:7 And the hand of the witnesses shall be upon him among the first to put him to death, and the hand of the people at the last; so shalt thou remove the evil one from among yourselves. Deuteronomy 17:7 The hands of the witnesses shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterward the hands of all the people. So thou shalt put the evil away from among you.
1 Corinthians 9:9 For it is written in the law of Moses, Thou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treadeth out the corn. Doth God take care for oxen? Deuteronomy 25:4 Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treads out the corn. Deuteronomy 25:4 Thou shalt not muzzle the ox when he treadeth out [the corn].
 
1 Timothy 5:18 For the scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The labourer [is] worthy of his reward.
1 Corinthians 10:7 Neither be ye idolaters, as [were] some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play. Exodus 32:6 And having risen early on the morrow, he offered whole burnt-offerings, and offered a peace-offering; and the people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play. Exodus 32:6 And they rose up early on the morrow, and offered burnt offerings, and brought peace offerings; and the people sat down to eat and to drink, and rose up to play.
1 Corinthians 10:26 For the earth [is] the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof. Psalms 23:1 The earth is the Lord’s and the fulness thereof; the world, and all that dwell in it. Psalms 24:1 The earth [is] the LORD’S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.
     
1 Corinthians 10:28 But if any man say unto you, This is offered in sacrifice unto idols, eat not for his sake that shewed it, and for conscience sake: for the earth [is] the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof: [!!!Keep in?!!!] Deuteronomy 10:14 Behold, the heaven and the heaven of heavens belong to the Lord thy God, the earth and all things that are in it. Deuteronomy 10:14 Behold, the heaven and the heaven of heavens [is] the LORD’S thy God, the earth [also], with all that therein [is].
1 Corinthians 14:21 In the law it is written, With [men of] other tongues and other lips will I speak unto this people; and yet for all that will they not hear me, saith the Lord. Isaiah 28:11,12 by reason of the contemptuous words of the lips, by means of another language: for they shall speak to this people, saying to them, This is the rest to him that is hungry, and this is the calamity: but they would not hear. Isaiah 28:11,12 For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people. To whom he said, This [is] the rest [wherewith] ye may cause the weary to rest; and this [is] the refreshing: yet they would not hear.
1 Corinthians 15:27 For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under [him, it is] manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him. Psalms 8:6 What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man, that thou visitest him? Thou madest him a little less than angels, thou hast crowned him with glory and honour; and thou hast set him over the works of thy hands: thou hast put all things under his feet. Psalms 8:4-6 What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all [things] under his feet:
 
Hebrews 2:6-8 But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man, that thou visitest him? Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands: Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing [that is] not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him.
1 Corinthians 15:32 If after the manner of men I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantageth it me, if the dead rise not? let us eat and drink; for to morrow we die. Isaiah 22:13 but they engaged in joy and gladness, slaying calves, and killing sheep, so as to eat flesh, and drink wine; saying, Let us eat and drink; for tomorrow we die. Isaiah 22:13 And behold joy and gladness, slaying oxen, and killing sheep, eating flesh, and drinking wine: let us eat and drink; for to morrow we shall die.
1 Corinthians 15:45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam [was made] a quickening spirit. Genesis 2:7 And God formed the man of dust of the earth, and breathed upon his face the breath of life, and the man became a living soul. Genesis 2:7 And the LORD God formed man [of] the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
1 Corinthians 15:54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. Isaiah 25:8 Death has prevailed and swallowed men up; but again the Lord God has taken away every tear from every face. He has taken away the reproach of his people from all the earth: for the mouth of the Lord has spoken it. Isaiah 25:8 He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the LORD hath spoken [it].
1 Corinthians 15:55 O death, where [is] thy sting? O grave, where [is] thy victory? Hosea 13:14 I will deliver them out of the power of Hades, and will redeem them from death: where is thy penalty, O death? O Hades, where is thy sting? comfort is hidden from mine eyes. Hosea 13:14 I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death: O death, I will be thy plagues; O grave, I will be thy destruction: repentance shall be hid from mine eyes.
2 Corinthians 4:13 We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak; Psalms 115:1 I believed, wherefore I have spoken: but I was greatly afflicted. Psalms 116:10 I believed, therefore have I spoken: I was greatly afflicted:
2 Corinthians 6:2 (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now [is] the accepted time; behold, now [is] the day of salvation.) Isaiah 49:8 Thus saith the Lord, In an acceptable time have I heard thee, and in a day of salvation have I succoured thee: and I have formed thee, and given thee for a covenant of the nations, to establish the earth, and to cause to inherit the desert heritages: Isaiah 49:8 Thus saith the LORD, In an acceptable time have I heard thee, and in a day of salvation have I helped thee: and I will preserve thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, to establish the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages;
2 Corinthians 6:16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in [them]; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Exodus 29:45 And I will be called upon among the children of Israel, and will be their God. Exodus 29:45 And I will dwell among the children of Israel, and will be their God.
   
Leviticus 26:12 and I will walk among you, and be your God, and ye shall be my people. Leviticus 26:12 And I will walk among you, and will be your God, and ye shall be my people.
   
Jeremiah 37:22 Jeremiah 30:22
   
Jeremiah 38:1 Jeremiah 31:1
   
Jeremiah 39:38 Jeremiah 32:38 And they shall be my people, and I will be their God:
   
Zechariah 8:8 and I will bring them in, and cause them to dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and they shall be to me a people, and I will be to them a God, in truth and in righteousness. Zechariah 8:8 And I will bring them, and they shall dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God, in truth and in righteousness.
   
Ezekiel 36:28 Ezekiel 37:27 My tabernacle also shall be with them: yea, I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
   
Ezekiel 37:23  
   
Ezekiel 37:27 And my tabernacle shall be among them; and I will be to them a God, and they shall be my people.  
2 Corinthians 6:17,18 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean [thing]; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. Isaiah 52:11 Depart ye, depart, go out from the midst of her; separate yourselves, ye that bear the vessels of the Lord. Isaiah 52:11 Depart ye, depart ye, go ye out from thence, touch no unclean [thing]; go ye out of the midst of her; be ye clean, that bear the vessels of the LORD.
   
Jeremiah 23:3 Jeremiah 31:9 They shall come with weeping, and with supplications will I lead them: I will cause them to walk by the rivers of waters in a straight way, wherein they shall not stumble: for I am a father to Israel, and Ephraim [is] my firstborn.
   
Jeremiah 38:9 They went forth with weeping, and I will bring them back with consolation, causing them to lodge by the channels of waters in a straight way, and they shall not err in it: for I am become a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my first-born.  
2 Corinthians 8:15 As it is written, He that [had gathered] much had nothing over; and he that [had gathered] little had no lack. Exodus 16:18 And having measured the homer full, he that had gathered much had nothing over, and he that had gathered less had no lack; each gathered according to the need of those who belonged to him. Exodus 16:18 And when they did mete [it] with an omer, he that gathered much had nothing over, and he that gathered little had no lack; they gathered every man according to his eating.
2 Corinthians 9:9 (As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever. Psalms 111:9 He has dispersed abroad; he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures for evermore: his horn shall be exalted with honour. Psalms 112:9 He hath dispersed, he hath given to the poor; his righteousness endureth for ever; his horn shall be exalted with honour.
Galatians 3:10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed [is] every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. Deuteronomy 27:26 Cursed is every man that continues not in all the words of this law to do them: and all the people shall say, So be it. Deuteronomy 27:26 Cursed [be] he that confirmeth not [all] the words of this law to do them. And all the people shall say, Amen.
Galatians 3:13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed [is] every one that hangeth on a tree: Deuteronomy 21:23 his body shall not remain all night upon the tree, but ye shall by all means bury it in that day; for every one that is hanged on a tree is cursed of God; and ye shall by no means defile the land which the Lord thy God gives thee for an inheritance. Deuteronomy 21:23 His body shall not remain all night upon the tree, but thou shalt in any wise bury him that day; (for he that is hanged [is] accursed of God;) that thy land be not defiled, which the LORD thy God giveth thee [for] an inheritance.
Galatians 4:27 For it is written, Rejoice, [thou] barren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath an husband. Isaiah 54:1 Rejoice, thou barren that bearest not break forth and cry, thou that dost not travail: for more are the children of the desolate than of her that has a husband: for the Lord has said, Isaiah 54:1 Sing, O barren, thou [that] didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou [that] didst not travail with child: for more [are] the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith the LORD.
Galatians 4:30 Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman. Genesis 21:10 then she said to Abraam, Cast out this bondwoman and her son, for the son of this bondwoman shall not inherit with my son Isaac. Genesis 21:10 Wherefore she said unto Abraham, Cast out this bondwoman and her son: for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, [even] with Isaac.
Ephesians 4:8 Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. Psalms 67:18 Thou art gone up on high, thou hast led captivity captive, thou hast received gifts for man, yea, for they were rebellious, that thou mightest dwell among them. Psalms 68:18 Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive: thou hast received gifts for men; yea, [for] the rebellious also, that the LORD God might dwell [among them].
Ephesians 4:25 Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another. Zechariah 8:16 These are the things which ye shall do; speak truth every one with his neighbour; judge truth and peaceable judgment in your gates Zechariah 8:16 These [are] the things that ye shall do; Speak ye every man the truth to his neighbour; execute the judgment of truth and peace in your gates:
Ephesians 4:26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Psalms 4:4 Be ye angry, and sin not; feel compunction upon your beds for what ye say in your hearts. Psalms 4:4 Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.
Ephesians 5:14 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. Isaiah 60:1 Be enlightened, be enlightened, O Jerusalem, for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. Isaiah 60:1 Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee.
Philippians 2:10-11 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Isaiah 45:23 By myself I swear, righteousness shall surely proceed out of my mouth; my words shall not be frustrated; that to me every knee shall bend, and every tongue shall swear by God, Isaiah 45:23 I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.
Hebrews 1:5 For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son? Psalms 2:7 declaring the ordinance of the Lord: the Lord said to me, Thou art my Son, to-day have I begotten thee. Psalms 2:7 I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.
   
2 Samuel 7:14 I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son. And when he happens to transgress, then will I chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the sons of men. 2 Samuel 7:14 I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men:
Hebrews 1:7 And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire. Psalms 103:4 Who makes his angels spirits, and his ministers a flaming fire. Psalms 104:4 Who maketh his angels spirits; his ministers a flaming fire:
Hebrews 1:8,9 But unto the Son [he saith], Thy throne, O God, [is] for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness [is] the sceptre of thy kingdom. Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, [even] thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. Psalms 44:6,7 Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: the sceptre of thy kingdom is a sceptre of righteousness. Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity: therefore God, thy God, has anointed thee with the oil of gladness beyond thy fellows. Psalms 45:6,7 Thy throne, O God, [is] for ever and ever: the sceptre of thy kingdom [is] a right sceptre. Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.
Hebrews 1:10-12 And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands: They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment; And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail. Psalms 101:25-28 In the beginning thou, O Lord, didst lay the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands. They shall perish, but thou remainest: and they all shall wax old as a garment; and as a vesture shalt thou fold them, and they shall be changed. But thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail. Psalms 102:25-27 Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens [are] the work of thy hands. They shall perish, but thou shalt endure: yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed: But thou [art] the same, and thy years shall have no end.
Hebrews 2:12 Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee. Psalms 21:22 I will declare thy name to my brethren: in the midst of the church will I sing praise to thee. Psalms 22:22 I will declare thy name unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee.
Hebrews 2:13 And again, I will put my trust in him. And again, Behold I and the children which God hath given me. 2 Samuel 22:3 my God; he shall be to me my guard, I will trust in him: he is my protector, and the horn of my salvation, my helper, and my sure refuge; thou shalt save me from the unjust man. 2 Samuel 22:3 The God of my rock; in him will I trust: [he is] my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence.
   
Isaiah 8:17,18 And one shall say, I will wait for God, who has turned away his face from the house of Jacob, and I will trust in him. Behold I and the children which God has given me: and they shall be for signs and wonders in the house of Israel from the Lord of hosts, who dwells in mount Sion. Isaiah 8:17,18 And I will wait upon the LORD, that hideth his face from the house of Jacob, and I will look for him. Behold, I and the children whom the LORD hath given me [are] for signs and for wonders in Israel from the LORD of hosts, which dwelleth in mount Zion.
Hebrews 3:7-11 Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice, Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness: When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years. Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in [their] heart; and they have not known my ways. So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.) Psalms 94:7-11 For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. Today if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, according to the day of irritation in the wilderness: where your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works. Forty years was I grieved with this generation, and said, They do always err in their heart, and they have not known my ways. So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest. Psalms 95:7-11 For he [is] our God; and we [are] the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. To day if ye will hear his voice, Harden not your heart, as in the provocation, [and] as [in] the day of temptation in the wilderness: When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my work. Forty years long was I grieved with [this] generation, and said, It [is] a people that do err in their heart, and they have not known my ways: Unto whom I sware in my wrath that they should not enter into my rest.
 
Hebrews 3:15 While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.
 
Hebrews 4:3 For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest:
 
Hebrews 4:5 And in this [place] again, If they shall enter into my rest.
 
Hebrews 4:7 Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
Hebrews 4:4 For he spake in a certain place of the seventh [day] on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works. Genesis 2:2 And God finished on the sixth day his works which he made, and he ceased on the seventh day from all his works which he made. Genesis 2:2 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.
Hebrews 5:6 As he saith also in another [place], Thou [art] a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec. Psalms 109:4 The Lord sware, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever, after the order of Melchisedec. Psalms 110:4 The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou [art] a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.
 
Hebrews 5:10 Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec.
 
Hebrews 7:17 For he testifieth, Thou [art] a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
 
Hebrews 7:21 (For those priests were made without an oath; but this with an oath by him that said unto him, The Lord sware and will not repent, Thou [art] a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec:)
Hebrews 6:14 Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee. Genesis 22:17 surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of heaven, and as the sand which is by the shore of the sea, and thy seed shall inherit the cities of their enemies. Genesis 22:17 That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which [is] upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;
Hebrews 8:5 Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, [that] thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount. Exodus 25:40 See, thou shalt make them according to the pattern shewed thee in the mount. Exodus 25:40 And look that thou make [them] after their pattern, which was shewed thee in the mount.
Hebrews 8:8-12 For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord. For this [is] the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest. For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more. Jeremiah 38:31-34 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Juda: not according to the covenant which I made with their fathers in the day when I took hold of their hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; for they abode not in my covenant, and I disregarded them, saith the Lord. For this is my covenant which I will make with the house of Israel; after those days, saith the Lord, I will surely put my laws into their mind, and write them on their hearts; and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people. And they shall not at all teach every one his fellow citizen, and every one his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least of them to the greatest of them: for I will be merciful to their iniquities, and their sins I will remember no more. Jeremiah 31:31-34 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day [that] I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD: But this [shall be] the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.
 
Hebrews 10:16,17 This [is] the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.
Hebrews 9:19,20 For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people, saying, This [is] the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you. Exodus 24:8 And Moses took the blood and sprinkled it upon the people, and said, Behold the blood of the covenant, which the Lord has made with you concerning all these words. Exodus 24:8 And Moses took the blood, and sprinkled [it] on the people, and said, Behold the blood of the covenant, which the LORD hath made with you concerning all these words.
Hebrews 10:5-7 Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me: In burnt offerings and [sacrifices] for sin thou hast had no pleasure. Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God. Psalms 39:6-8 Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not; but a body hast thou prepared me: whole-burn-offering and sacrifice for sin thou didst not require. Then I said, Behold, I come: in the volume of the book it is written concerning me, I desired to do thy will, O my God, and thy law in the midst of mine heart. Psalms 40:6-8 Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required. Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book [it is] written of me, I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law [is] within my heart.
 
Hebrews 10:8,9 Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and [offering] for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure [therein]; which are offered by the law; Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.
Hebrews 10:30 For we know him that hath said, Vengeance [belongeth] unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. Deuteronomy 32:36 For the Lord shall judge his people, and shall be comforted over his servants; for he saw that they were utterly weakened, and failed in the hostile invasion, and were become feeble: Deuteronomy 32:36 For the LORD shall judge his people, and repent himself for his servants, when he seeth that [their] power is gone, and [there is] none shut up, or left.
Hebrews 11:5 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. Genesis 5:24 And Enoch was well-pleasing to God, and was not found, because God translated him. Genesis 5:24 And Enoch walked with God: and he [was] not; for God took him.
Hebrews 12:5,6 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. Proverbs 3:11,12 My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord; nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: for whom the Lord loves, he rebukes, and scourges every son whom he receives. Proverbs 3:11,12 My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction: For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son [in whom] he delighteth.
Hebrews 12:12 Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; Isaiah 35:3 Be strong, ye relaxed hands and palsied knees. Isaiah 35:3 Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees.
Hebrews 12:20 (For they could not endure that which was commanded, And if so much as a beast touch the mountain, it shall be stoned, or thrust through with a dart: Exodus 19:13 A hand shall not touch it, for every one that touches shall be stoned with stones or shot through with a dart, whether beast or whether man, it shall not live: when the voices and trumpets and cloud depart from off the mountain, they shall come up on the mountain. Exodus 19:13 There shall not an hand touch it, but he shall surely be stoned, or shot through; whether [it be] beast or man, it shall not live: when the trumpet soundeth long, they shall come up to the mount.
Hebrews 12:21 And so terrible was the sight, [that] Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake:) Deuteronomy 9:19 And I was greatly terrified because of the wrath and anger, because the Lord was provoked with you utterly to destroy you; yet the Lord hearkened to me at this time also. Deuteronomy 9:19 For I was afraid of the anger and hot displeasure, wherewith the LORD was wroth against you to destroy you. But the LORD hearkened unto me at that time also.
Hebrews 12:26 Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven. Haggai 2:7 For thus saith the Lord Almighty; Yet once I will shake the heaven, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land; Haggai 2:6 For thus saith the LORD of hosts; Yet once, it [is] a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry [land];
Hebrews 12:29 For our God [is] a consuming fire. Deuteronomy 4:24 For the Lord thy God is a consuming fire, a jealous God. Deuteronomy 4:24 For the LORD thy God [is] a consuming fire, [even] a jealous God.
Hebrews 13:5 [Let your] conversation [be] without covetousness; [and be] content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. Deuteronomy 31:6 Be courageous and strong, fear not, neither be cowardly, neither be afraid before them; for it is the Lord your God that advances with you in the midst of you, neither will he by any means forsake thee, nor desert thee. Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he [it is] that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
   
Deuteronomy 31:8 And the Lord that goes with thee shall not forsake thee nor abandon thee; fear not, neither be afraid. Deuteronomy 31:8 And the LORD, he [it is] that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.
   
Joshua 1:5 Not a man shall stand against you all the days of thy life; and as I was with Moses, so will I also be with thee, and I will not fail thee, or neglect thee. Joshua 1:5 There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, [so] I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
Hebrews 13:6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord [is] my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me. Psalms 26:1 The Lord is my light and my Saviour; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the defender of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? Psalms 27:1 The LORD [is] my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD [is] the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
   
Psalms 117:6 The Lord is my helper; and I will not fear what man shall do to me. Psalms 118:6 The LORD [is] on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?
James 4:6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. Proverbs 3:34 The Lord resists the proud; but he gives grace to the humble. Proverbs 3:34 Surely he scorneth the scorners: but he giveth grace unto the lowly.
 
1 Peter 5:5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all [of you] be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.
1 Peter 1:16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. Leviticus 11:44,45 For I am the Lord your God; and ye shall be sanctified, and ye shall be holy, because I the Lord your God am holy; and ye shall not defile your souls with any of the reptiles creeping upon the earth. For I am the Lord who brought you up out of the land of Egypt to be your God; and ye shall be holy, for I the Lord am holy. Leviticus 11:44,45 For I [am] the LORD your God: ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy; for I [am] holy: neither shall ye defile yourselves with any manner of creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. For I [am] the LORD that bringeth you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: ye shall therefore be holy, for I [am] holy.
   
Leviticus 19:2 Speak to the congregation of the children of Israel, and thou shalt say to them, ye shall be holy; for I the Lord your God am holy. Leviticus 19:2 Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say unto them, Ye shall be holy: for I the LORD your God [am] holy.
   
Leviticus 20:7 And ye shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy. Leviticus 20:7 Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy: for I [am] the LORD your God.
1 Peter 1:24,25 For all flesh [is] as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you. Isaiah 40:6-8 The voice of one saying, Cry; and I said, What shall I cry? All flesh is grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower fades: but the word of our God abides for ever. Isaiah 40:6-8 The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh [is] grass, and all the goodliness thereof [is] as the flower of the field: The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: because the spirit of the LORD bloweth upon it: surely the people [is] grass. The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.
1 Peter 2:22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Isaiah 53:9 And I will give the wicked for his burial, and the rich for his death; for he practised no iniquity, nor craft with his mouth. Isaiah 53:9 And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither [was any] deceit in his mouth.
1 Peter 2:24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. Isaiah 53:5 But he was wounded on account of our sins, and was bruised because of our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and by his bruises we were healed. Isaiah 53:5 But he [was] wounded for our transgressions, [he was] bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace [was] upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
1 Peter 3:10-12 For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it. For the eyes of the Lord [are] over the righteous, and his ears [are open] unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord [is] against them that do evil. Psalms 33:12-16 What man is there that desires life, loving to see good days? Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile. Turn away from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it. The eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil, to destroy their memorial from the earth. The righteous cried, and the Lord hearkened to them. Psalms 34:12-16 What man [is he that] desireth life, [and] loveth [many] days, that he may see good? Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile. Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it. The eyes of the LORD [are] upon the righteous, and his ears [are open] unto their cry. The face of the LORD [is] against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.
1 Peter 3:14 But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy [are ye]: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled; Isaiah 8:12 Let them not say, It is hard, for whatsoever this people says, is hard: but fear not ye their fear, neither be dismayed. Isaiah 8:12 Say ye not, A confederacy, to all [them to] whom this people shall say, A confederacy; neither fear ye their fear, nor be afraid.
1 Peter 4:8 And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins. Proverbs 10:12 Hatred stirs up strife; but affection covers all that do not love strife. Proverbs 10:12 Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.
1 Peter 4:18 And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? Proverbs 11:31 If the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? Proverbs 11:31 Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth: much more the wicked and the sinner.
1 Peter 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. Psalms 54:22 Cast thy care upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee; he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved. Psalms 55:22 Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.
2 Peter 2:22 But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog [is] turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire. Proverbs 26:11 As when a dog goes to his own vomit, and becomes abominable, so is a fool who returns in his wickedness to his own sin. Proverbs 26:11 As a dog returneth to his vomit, [so] a fool returneth to his folly.
Jude 9 Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee. Zechariah 3:2,3 And the Lord said to the Devil, The Lord rebuke thee, O Devil, even the Lord that has chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee: behold! is not this as a brand plucked from the fire? Zechariah 3:2 And the LORD said unto Satan, The LORD rebuke thee, O Satan; even the LORD that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee: [is] not this a brand plucked out of the fire?
Revelation 1:17 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: Isaiah 41:4 Who has wrought and done these things? he has called it who called it from the generations of old; I God, the first and to all futurity, I AM. Isaiah 41:4 Who hath wrought and done [it], calling the generations from the beginning? I the LORD, the first, and with the last; I [am] he.
   
Isaiah 44:6 Thus saith God the King of Israel, and the God of hosts that delivered him; I am the first, and I am hereafter: beside me there is no God. Isaiah 44:6 Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I [am] the first, and I [am] the last; and beside me [there is] no God.
Revelation 2:23 And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works. Jeremiah 17:10 I the Lord try the hearts, and prove the reins, to give to every one according to his ways, and according to the fruits of his devices. Jeremiah 17:10 I the LORD search the heart, [I] try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, [and] according to the fruit of his doings.
Revelation 2:27 And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father. Psalms 2:9 Thou shalt rule them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces as a potter’s vessel. Psalms 2:9 Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.
Revelation 3:7 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth; Isaiah 22:22-24 And I will give him the glory of David; and he shall rule, and there shall be none to speak against him: and I will give him the key of the house of David upon his shoulder; and he shall open, and there shall be none to shut; and he shall shut, and there shall be none to open. Isaiah 22:22 And the key of the house of David will I lay upon his shoulder; so he shall open, and none shall shut; and he shall shut, and none shall open.
Revelation 7:16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. Isaiah 49:10 They shall not hunger, neither shall they thirst; neither shall the heat nor the sun smite them; but he that has mercy on them shall comfort them, and by fountains of waters shall he lead them. Isaiah 49:10 They shall not hunger nor thirst; neither shall the heat nor sun smite them: for he that hath mercy on them shall lead them, even by the springs of water shall he guide them.
Revelation 21:23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb [is] the light thereof. Isaiah 60:20,21 For the sun shall no more set, nor shall the moon be eclipsed; for the Lord shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be completed. Thy people also shall be all righteous; they shall inherit the land for ever, preserving that which they have planted, even the works of their hands, for glory. Isaiah 60:20,21 Thy sun shall no more go down; neither shall thy moon withdraw itself: for the LORD shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended. Thy people also [shall be] all righteous: they shall inherit the land for ever, the branch of my planting, the work of my hands, that I may be glorified.

The Remnant

We all have our problems. We all still have to work through whatever sins or ignorance we still have whether we know about them or not. So just as I have said we should not be anti-Catholic with people, we should not be anti-protestant with people either. And we should not be anti-Jewish. All of these people are our brothers and sisters. None of us have all the answers, either. But we should ALL be working on removing the parts of our beliefs that are patently false. Catholics and protestants BOTH need to get back to Sabbath and Torah and get rid of their doctrines of men. Jews need to get back to Torah and get rid of their rabbinical traditions. We are in a time right now where God is building a remnant, but as that remnant is being built in Truth by the power of the Spirit many will remain blinded in willful ignorance.

One of the most important things we can realize about the path we are on, is that ALL of us STARTED out on the same path; The path of faith in a Creator, then faith in a Savior. The wider path that almost everyone ends up on, is not the beginning necessarily. YES, there is a wide path that most take BEFORE they even start down the narrow path, but the one Jesus is referring to is the one that shows up after you start walking the path at all because the enemy is bent on us changing paths or falling into a ditch on either side of the path. Mainstream Christianity is not a narrow path anymore. It is becoming more and more inclusive, as the narrow path is forcing believers into seclusion. It’s a sort of “underground church” that denominations are forcing us into.

As an example, how many denominations preach the simple Truth about the Israelites being divided into 2 kingdoms; the northern kingdom, and the southern kingdom (Judah and Israel)? This is mentioned in over 160 places in the “old testament”. It is the number one theme of the Bible. But how many denominations talk about 3 of the most important prophecies in the old testament:

Eze 37:16 Moreover, thou son of man, take thee one stick, and write upon it, For Judah, and for the children of Israel his companions: then take another stick, and write upon it, For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and for all the house of Israel his companions: 17 And join them one to another into one stick; and they shall become one in thine hand.

Jer 31:31 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: 32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD:

Jer 16:14 ¶ Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that it shall no more be said, The LORD liveth, that brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt; 15 But, The LORD liveth, that brought up the children of Israel from the land of the north, and from all the lands whither he had driven them: and I will bring them again into their land that I gave unto their fathers.

Mt 15:24 But Jesus answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

Mt 10:6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

Ac 1:6 ¶ When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?

Heb 8:8 For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah:

This is the reason that Jesus came. He put an end to the “ordinances against us”, and came to restore Israel to His Kingdom from out of the gentile nations where they were scattered. How many denominations teach THIS doctrine? None that I know of. I know that I throw these scriptures around a lot and on many different pages on this site, but for good reason.

10 of the most important scriptures in the Bible, that the enemy has blinded us to for the most part for 2 thousand years. Two houses are prophesied to become 1 in the last days.

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Please realize, in no way is this a “finger-pointing” exercise. It is simply an attempt to create a visual explanation of what seeds we should be planting to help prepare for His great Harvest of Revelation. If we love Christians and Jews, we should be ready to give an answer. But more importantly, the RIGHT answer.

There is so much wrong in churches today, that if you were to know what I believe is Truth, without sitting, spending time and going through the Bible and what it says together (or even more importantly what it DOESN’T say) you would call me a false teacher as so many pastors and elders have. The problem is that most elders don’t really know their Bible. Many pastors don’t either, but also there are very learned men who do know their Bible and were very well trained in what it says, but are told that it says several things that it doesn’t and have a western, Graeco-Roman trained mentality in most cases. And they therefore interpret Scripture (as we all do) based on their Confirmation Bias (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Confirmation_bias).

In addition, almost every church we might go to is steeped deeply in repetitive teaching and mantras, or vain babblings as Jesus would call them. We call it worship, or “christian” music. It should be more correctly called “praise” and most praise music is FILLED with mantras of false teaching that indoctrinate and tie our emotions to those false teachings.

Usually, our initial reaction to anything doctrinal is emotional, not logical. That is no accident. The enemy’s seed was planted that way; on purpose. Unfortunately most of us have zero idea when it comes to the languages that Scriptures were written in. YHVH did not choose to write Scripture in English, but His Grace, along with the work of many Godly men, provided us a way to start to understand them in English. That is also no accident/ on purpose. It’s great that we have Bibles in English, but the Bible wasn’t written in English. There is work involved in knowing what the Bible really said/ meant. Just like there is work involved in providing for our families. There is no “Biblical welfare”; We don’t get a free pass to pay our “bills of divorcent” from the Christians before us or (the Christians ahead of us) in working to seek Truth any more than people should receive a welfare check because of the work that people who came before them or currently work hard to pay their own bills. If we don’t want to search out Scripture, there is no “Scriptural EBT card”. We sow what we reap; If we don’t sow, we don’t reap.

We must understand the foolish virgins to be certain we are not one of them. There are just so many misconception in the Church. Every denomination has their distinct flavor of error. Some subtle, some not. The first step to finding Truth is stop believing the lie, and the lies are numerous. One of the most important places to start is the misconceptions about end times. See here http://homegroups.org/the-book-of-revelation/

Far be it from me to judge the salvation of any soul. It is not up to me who gets what. But let us remember that this is not new, it’s just new to many of us.

Isa 11:11 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea.

Everyone has a lamp who believes in Yeshua, but what good is a lamp if we don’t have any oil? I know that most of us have not been shown these prophecies by pastors, but it is not a pastors’ jobs to teach us Scripture. Especially in the Age of information. During the “age of gentiles”, if you will, going to church was a good thing even thought it wasn’t the RIGHT thing if that’s all we were doing. But now that the fullness of the gentiles is understood, our reasonable service is to seek out the remnant. What this looks like is documented on the vision page of this website. And it comes straight from the Bible; We have to stop getting our theology and eschatology from Hollywood. This is what that looks like:

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We must know, that throughout time there has always been a faithful remnant at key times since the nation divided against itself. And there is no such thing as a “New Testament” that wasn’t mentioned in the “Old Testament”.

Jer 31:31 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD: But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.

We must know that there will always be a faithful remnant who are always listening for the still, small voice to receive revelation and understanding from the Holy Spirit as the Father opens our eyes and removes the scales. But there is always a remnant of the adversary as well. The adversary is always producing counterfeits. So we have to go back to the beginning and look at history before the counterparts were created, even the “all-seeing eye” is a Luciferian counterfeit of the True, all knowing, all seeing and all powerful Yahweh. This reality is in some ways like a chess game between Yahweh and the adversary where turns are taken in systematic strategy.

So where did this Remnant of Yahweh (Israel) begin after Abraham and Isaac?

 

Eber-Dinah

These 12, 13 or 14 Tribes of people are intended to be inside the camp of covenant believers called Israelites. They are those families who are of the line of Abraham Isaac and Jacob and who worship the same Elohim, Yahweh/ Yahuwah. You might say that Joseph and Benjamin are a type of “2 witnesses”. I’m not yet sure what significance or meaning we get concerning Dinah.

Equally important to understand is the inheritance of each Tribe:

12Tribes

Encampment

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In the writings and prophecies of the “old testament” we read that Israel split into 2 kingdoms/ 2 houses with many kings and prophets of both houses. Despite the good kings and the prophets, both houses ended up in captivity:

After good King David’s son Solomon, the 12 tribes split into two kingdoms, the House of Judah and the House of Israel;  The House of Judah (Jews) (2 tribes, led by the tribe of Judah through David’s line) was captured by Babylonians and the house of Israel was captured by Assyria (never to return even until this day).

1. The House of Judah

  • Judah
  • Benjamin
  • later many Levites and Priests joined

2. The House of Israel (Lost Tribes) (10 tribes, led by the descendants of Joseph)

  • Joseph through his sons Ephraim, Manasseh
  • Issachar
  • Zebulun
  • Dan
  • Naphtali
  • Gad
  • Asher
  • Reuben
  • Simeon
  • Levi (scattered amongst all tribes and both houses)

Here is a list of the good and bad kings of each house, or kingdom

KingsAndProphets

There are no accidents, so it is completely intentional that Benjamin inherited Jerusalem and Ephraim and Manasseh (Joseph) got the double portion. It would appear that Judah got the double portion of bad kings. Look at one of the greatest prophecies rarely told or seen as a prophecy:

Ge 49:22+ ¶ Joseph is a fruitful bough, even a fruitful bough by a well; whose branches run over the wall: The archers have sorely grieved him, and shot at him, and hated him: But his bow abode in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob; (from thence is the shepherd, the stone of Israel:) Even by the God of thy father, who shall help thee; and by the Almighty, who shall bless thee with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that lieth under, blessings of the breasts, and of the womb: The blessings of thy father have prevailed above the blessings of my progenitors unto the utmost bound of the everlasting hills: they shall be on the head of Joseph, and on the crown of the head of him that was separate from his brethren.

Benjamin shall ravin as a wolf: in the morning he shall devour the prey, and at night he shall divide the spoil.

All these are the twelve tribes of Israel: and this is it that their father spake unto them, and blessed them; every one according to his blessing he blessed them. And he charged them, and said unto them, I am to be gathered unto my people: bury me with my fathers in the cave that is in the field of Ephron the Hittite, In the cave that is in the field of Machpelah, which is before Mamre, in the land of Canaan, which Abraham bought with the field of Ephron the Hittite for a possession of a buryingplace. There they buried Abraham and Sarah his wife; there they buried Isaac and Rebekah his wife; and there I buried Leah. The purchase of the field and of the cave that is therein was from the children of Heth. And when Jacob had made an end of commanding his sons, he gathered up his feet into the bed, and yielded up the ghost, and was gathered unto his people.

Rachel cries out for her 2 children, Joseph (Ephraim and Manasseh) and Benjamin (the brother who connects the others, means “son of the right hand”) in fulfillment of prophecy:

Jer 31:8 Behold, I will bring them from the north country, and gather them from the coasts of the earth, and with them the blind and the lame, the woman with child and her that travaileth with child together: a great company shall return thither.
Mt 2:18 In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.

Interesting to note that there are 7 Israelites named Joseph in the Bible which means, “let him add (or perhaps simply active participle- adding);”. There are 3 letters that make up the name Joseph (יוסף), Yod, Shin, Pey. The picture meaning of these letters are “Arm and closed hand, thorn and mouth. Letter meanings are “Work-throw-worship, grab-hate-protect, blow-scatter-edge”. With a paleo- Hebrew mindset one can speculate the meaning and purpose of Joseph: Father will use him to reach out His arm and grab (add to Joseph) those who were a thorn and scattered to the edge because they hated Him, but He will speak to those He protects because they work and worship by blowing (the shofar).

We can see a deeper meaning in all 12 of the sons when we look at their original meanings and translate them instead of transliterating them:

JacobSons

If anyone is not familiar with the concept of paleo-Hebrew, this will probably seem very “Jewish”. But Jews do not have sole propriety on the Hebrew language, or the Hebrew scriptures.

Zep 3:9 For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the LORD, to serve him with one consent.

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Again, Israel and Judah are not synonymous as 99% of Christians would have you believe. What you see above is not the Jewish alphabet, it is the Hebrew Aleph-Bet. Israel is twelve tribes, not one. Here is a brief glimpse of how those 12 tribes are commanded to be organized:

Ex 18:21 Moreover thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them, to be rulers of thousands, and rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens:
Ex 18:25 And Moses chose able men out of all Israel, and made them heads over the people, rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens.
De 1:15 So I took the chief of your tribes, wise men, and known, and made them heads over you, captains over thousands, and captains over hundreds, and captains over fifties, and captains over tens, and officers among your tribes. {made: Heb. gave}
1Sa 8:12 And he will appoint him captains over thousands, and captains over fifties; and will set them to ear his ground, and to reap his harvest, and to make his instruments of war, and instruments of his chariots.

Although today’s churches in America don’t have all the Truth that they should, if you take out the Nicolaitanism it’s not a terribly bad model. We are just missing a lot of what that model is supposed to look like and what it is for (and what it is NOT for). Remembering the 4 parts of blasts of the shofar are the Tekia,  Shevarim,  Teruah and again the Tekia. The regathering of the remnant is prophesied in Ezekiel 20, 34 and 37, Jeremiah 23, Psalm 83, Zephaniah 2, Hosea 1 and Amos 9 just to name a few in the front of the book. And while we are being gathered and grafted in to Israel by the Father and Son through Ruach haKodesh (Holy Spirit) we are called to lead others as we are led to them, not to heep up flocks of people and call them our own or take responsibility over them:

1Pe 5:1 ¶ The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed:  Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;   Neither as being lords over God’s heritage (Nicolaitanism), but being ensamples to the flock.  And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.

And what is near impossible for most of us, is getting to the secular history of reality without it being tainted. Let’s end with what some additional scriptures and scholars have said about the house of Israel and the house of Judah:

1 Ki. 14:15, God “shall scatter” Israel “beyond the river,” not all in one place.

2 Ki. 10:32, “In those days the Lord began to cut off parts of Israel…” –before their final complete exile.

2 Ki. 17:6, The Assyrian king “captured Samaria and exiled Israel”

Deut. 29:28, “cast them into another land, as it is this day”

Isa. 5:26 “the end of the earth”

Isa. 11:11-12, “the four corners of the earth”

Isa. 27:13 (Vulgate), “those lost from the land of Assyria”

Isa. 49:9, “say to the prisoners, Go forth; to them that are in darkness, Show yourselves.” An address to the lost ten tribes according to Jewish midrash “Pesikta Rabbati 31:10”

Isa. 49:21, (Ten Tribes:) “where had they been?”

Jer. 15:4, “I will cause them to be removed into all kingdoms of the earth”

Hos. 2:14, “I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness,” not a return to Canaan.

Hos. 8:8, “Israel is swallowed up now among the nations”

Hos. 9:17, “wanderers among the nations”

Ezra 1:15, ONLY “Judah and Benjamin” returned; remaining ten tribes did not return

“Israel and Judah… developed more or less independent of the other, Israel in the north and Judah in the south; and only gradually did circumstances bring them together, and then came the inevitable clash of interests, religious as well as political.” –”Hebrew Origins,” Theophile James Meek, 1936, p.76

“Israel as a kingdom was never restored from Assyria, as Judah was from Babylon after 70 years.” –Jamieson, Faucett, Brown Commentary, p.650

“There never was a real return from the exile, although some individuals doubtless returned…the captivity of Israel did not actually terminate at 538 [B.C.], nor, in fact, ever.” –Geo. Ricker Berry, Colgate-Rochester Divinity School, “Was Ezekiel in the Exile?” pp.89, 92 (Journal of Biblical Literature 49 (1930)

“Many of the towns in southern Judah and Simeon were not reoccupied after the exile. This process was quite as disastrous as it is portrayed in the Old Testament…” –Thos. Davis, “Shifting Sands,” Oxford Univ. Press, 2004

“That the Redeemer comes ‘from Zion’ [Isa. 59:20] for Israel implies that Israel is in exile…” –G.K. Beale and D.A. Carson, “Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament,” Baker Academic, 2007, p.674

“The exile, into all lands, among all nations, was as irrevocably decreed as was the destruction of the city.” –Charles C. Torrey, Yale University, Journal of Biblical Literature 56 (1937), p.206

“…the returnees came only from the tribes of Judah and Benjamin —the exiles in Babylon. The ten tribes did not return…the loss of the [ten] tribes marked the greatest demographic defeat inscribed in Jewish memory since Biblical times.” –Zvi Ben-Dor Benite, “The Ten Lost Tribes: A World History,” Oxford Univ. Press, 2009, pp.17, 117

“Evidently it was a token return…” –Frank Moore Cross, Harvard University, “A Reconstruction Of The Judean Restoration,” Journal of Biblical Literature 94 (1975), p.15

“The tree of Israel, grown from one root with various branches, was cut into pieces.” –John Calvin, cited in Boer, “John Calvin,” pp. 190-191

“The ten [tribes] which had previously been carried away being scattered among the Parthians, Medes, Indians, and Ethiopians never returned to their native country, and are to this day held under the sway of barbarous nations.” –Sulpitius Severus (circa. 360-420 A.D.), Severus, Sacred History, bk ii, ch. Ii, in Schaff, et al., transl. Sulpitius Severus

“Jewish people often thought that ten of the twelve tribes were lost and would be restored only in the end time.” –Craig Keener, “A Commentary on the Gospel of Matthew,” Eerdmans, 1999, p.315

“The ten tribes’ not returning opened “a huge wound that does not heal.” –Talmudic Haga, Sefer Ha-Berit Ha-Hadash

“The prophecy of a restored and reunited Israel and Judah…was never actually to be fulfilled… Intransigence on the part of both…produced separate and irreconcilable societies that were never able to reunite.” -Bruce Vawter, “Amos, Hosea, Micah, With An Introduction To Classical Prophecy,” p.81

 

Letter to a Friend

This post is the result of an email I sent to a friend (on which I copied my previous pastor but unfortunately he is still not interested in dialogue) and some of yesterday’s Sabbath discussion topics. I think it is a great example of the difference between a Sabbath get-together and a “church” homegroup. But I digress. I hope it benefits any reader and I hope it does not offend any “christians”. I hope it helps anyone on this journey in understanding what we are supposed to be doing and learning. There’s a complicated balance between doing and learning. There are people at EVERY stage of this walk and we have to be careful not to judge yet be careful not to compromise. At any rate, here is what I posted for today:

 

Hey brother, 

Great conversation today. I have been wanting to touch base for a long time, but we were both busy. I have learned SO much since the last time we talked, and I want to plant some seeds in your walk. In love and humility I desire to show you some scriptures that I never even understood until God opened my eyes. And I want to also include your wife as well. I can’t teach you anything nor do I desire to. You already know your Bible, you already know the Holy Spirit and have a relationship. You guys have hearts on fire like me to keep growing in love and Truth. So I know that Father will do His good and perfect Will in this. This is His work, not mine. I am just thankful to be used.

But to tell just the end of the journey won’t help. It will be confusing. So I just hope to help you in the direction to look. The Spirit of Yahwah will do the rest. I will give you some scriptures to go and study together with you wife. I will do the same with mine and if you ever want to join us via skype or something during our Sabbath rest, that would be great. I don’t have it all figured out, I am just walking with the Spirit. I promise you, this will be one of the best Bible studies you will have ever done.

One thing that I ask is just that you pray with me. Pray with me specifically that “Father God will remove any scales from your eyes and your wife’s eyes if it is in His perfect Will”. Here is why: Ro 11:25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.

The fullness of the Gentiles is come. And Father is removing scales from the eyes of His Children. I know, because He did it to me, then my wife as I discipled her. Don’t forget, Wendy has a double masters degree from Dallas Theological Seminary. Not that it’s that important, just to show that we aren’t crazy. Wendy is classically trained as you were and then some. I’m not, but that doesn’t matter to our Father in Heaven, Yahweh is His name that we have forgotten just like His prophet prophesied. 

Jer 23:27 Which think to cause my people to forget my name by their dreams which they tell every man to his neighbour, as their fathers have forgotten my name for Baal.

The church, I fear,  is becoming wise in their own conceits. I believe Father is getting ready to divide between the wheat and the tares, to show the true hearts of those who claim to be His and to worship Him in Spirit and Truth. Do we choose His ways or our ways?

I don’t think anymore there is such a thing as the “church age”. There is only the time between Yeshua’s first fulfillment of the spring feasts of Yahweh (Passover meal, feast of unleavened bread, feast of firstfruits and Pentecost/ Shavuot) til the fullness of the nations (that is partially what it means to say He fulfilled the Torah [penteteuch] and prophets) and then the ultimate fulfillment of the fall feasts.

Mt 5:17 ¶ Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.  For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

All will be fulfilled when He returns and fulfills the Fall feasts of Yahwah (the day of trumpets, the day of atonement and the feast of tabernacles/ sukkot) and the rest of the prophesies. The book of Revelation cannot be understood without understanding the fall feasts. That’s why we are to do them, they teach us what is going to happen just like they taught His followers the first time he came. I have spent much prayer and study on this lately:

http://homegroups.org/the-book-of-revelation/

But who did Yeshuah (Jesus) come for and who did He send His disciples out to the nations (gentiles) to find?

Mt 10:6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

Mt 15:24 But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

Who are the lost sheep of the house of Israel? They are the 10 Northern Tibes and the sojourners of the Northern tribes of Israel who are grafted in, that means US, the assembly/ church. 

Ro 11:17 And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert graffed in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree;

 We become broken off, or sent away when we commit adultery against our jealous Bride.

Isa 50:1 ¶ Thus saith the LORD, Where is the bill of your mother’s divorcement, whom I have put away? or which of my creditors is it to whom I have sold you? Behold, for your iniquities have ye sold yourselves, and for your transgressions is your mother put away.Jer 3:8 And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also.

Now in order for our Bride to be betrothed to us once again, He had to die. That is the mystery of the Bride. God has to obey His own rules.

 Ro 7:2 For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband. So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man.

1Co 7:39 ¶ The wife is bound by the law as long as her husband liveth; but if her husband be dead, she is at liberty to be married to whom she will; only in the Lord.

But also, there is another reason He died. We were committing adultery and were subject to the law of jealousies:

Nu 5:11 ¶ And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,  Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, If any man’s wife go aside, and commit a trespass against him,  And a man lie with her carnally, and it be hid from the eyes of her husband, and be kept close, and she be defiled, and there be no witness against her, neither she be taken with the manner; and the spirit of jealousy come upon him, and he be jealous of his wife, and she be defiled: or if the spirit of jealousy come upon him, and he be jealous of his wife, and she be not defiled:  Then shall the man bring his wife unto the priest, and he shall bring her offering for her, the tenth part of an ephah of barley meal; he shall pour no oil upon it, nor put frankincense thereon; for it is an offering of jealousy, an offering of memorial, bringing iniquity to remembrance. And the priest shall bring her near, and set her before the LORD:  And the priest shall take holy water in an earthen vessel; and of the dust that is in the floor of the tabernacle the priest shall take, and put it into the water: And the priest shall set the woman before the LORD, and uncover the woman’s head, and put the offering of memorial in her hands, which is the jealousy offering: and the priest shall have in his hand the bitter water that causeth the curse:

 That earthen vessel, or cup of holy water and dust is the cup that Yeshua drank on OUR behalf!

 Mt 26:42 He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.

That’s how much He loves us! If He first loved us that much, how much should we love Him back and how? Take another look at these verses with that in mind:

Joh 14:15 ¶ If ye love me, keep my commandments.

Joh 14:21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.

Joh 15:10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.

1Jo 2:3 ¶ And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.

1Jo 2:4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.

1Jo 2:7 ¶ Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which ye had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which ye have heard from the beginning.

1Jo 3:22 And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.

1Jo 3:24 And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.

1Jo 5:2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.

1Jo 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

2Jo 1:6 And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.

Re 12:17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

Re 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

Re 22:14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.

There are more than 125 places in the new testament that say we are to obey the commandments of God. But the church teaches us that they were nailed to the cross? Jesus obeyed the law of Moses and so did His Apostles AFTER the resurrection. So if we are to follow Yeshua and His Apostles, then we have to do what they did or we aren’t following Him.

For example, We see Paul and Peter observing the feast of unleavened bread:

Ac 12:3 And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. (Then were the days of unleavened bread.)Ac 20:6 And we sailed away from Philippi after the days of unleavened bread, and came unto them to Troas in five days; where we abode seven days.

Paul told the Christians to do the same:

1Co 5:8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

Paul also can be seen taking the nazarite vow to prove he followed Torah

Ac 18:18 ¶ And Paul after this tarried there yet a good while, and then took his leave of the brethren, and sailed thence into Syria, and with him Priscilla and Aquila; having shorn his head in Cenchrea: for he had a vow.

The only person in Scripture who SEEMS to say otherwise is Rabbi Shaul, (Paul). That is because Christians don’t understand what Christ actually did nail to the cross that Paul is talking about. I can’t believe I never understood this before now.  What was nailed to the cross? The handwriting of ordinances for breaking the covenant. 

Col 2:14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;Nu 5:23 And the priest shall write these curses in a book, and he shall blot them out with the bitter water:

And this wasn’t the first time time Israel was made to drink of the cup, just like the first “Pentecost” of Israelites on Mt. Sinai. Pentecost wasn’t when the “church” began like I have been teaching for so many years.

Ex 32:20 And he took the calf which they had made, and burnt it in the fire, and ground it to powder, and strawed it upon the water, and made the children of Israel drink of it.

The other thing that might be considered nailed to the cross was the temporary Levitical priesthood although this was more related to the fulfilment. Originally, There were 9 High priests of the order of the Mechizadek. We see that Noah was the 8th preacher of righteousness or king of righteousness:

2Pe 2:5 And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;

Enoch was the 7th

 Jude 1:14 And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,

So we see Adam, is the first. Then we have Seth, Enos, Cainan, Mahaleel, Jared, Enoch, and Noah, Shem and finally Moses. Then it was prophesied that the one after him would be Yeshua:

 De 34:10 And there arose not a prophet since in Israel like unto Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face,

Ac 3:22 For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you.

Ac 7:37 This is that Moses, which said unto the children of Israel, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear.

Ps 110:4 The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.

Ge 14:18 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God.

How did the Melchizedek that Abram met know that a savior whould be coming whose body would be bread and blood would be wine? Because God told adam EXACTLY what was going to happen in the Book of Adam and Eve including when the last Adam would come. But we can leave that part out for now. And now we will begin to understand why it is so confusing what Paul seems to be saying about the commandments and what was “nailed to the cross”. The Levitical priesthood wasn’t nailed to the cross, it was fulfilled. And Yeshua drank our cup and blotted out the handwriting of ordinance that was against us, and is now against our nature. There is no more penalty for sin and no more condemnation. What is sin?

 1Jo 3:4 ¶ Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

Sin is transgressing the law. If the law was “nailed to the cross”, then that means there is no such thing as sin as Paul wrote to the believing Jews in Rome:

Ro 4:15 Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression.

So we have to see that the law and the Sabbaths were NOT nailed to the cross and we have been disobeying our Savior and not making Him our Lord for all these years. Neither was the 7th day of rest “nailed to the cross” as we read in Hebrews:

Heb 4:4 For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works.  And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest.  Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief:

Some will say the Sabbath is also nailed to the cross, or moved to Sunday. Or that we have entered into the eternal rest, but that’s not what the Bible says. It is partially true that we have begun to enter the eternal rest But not if we are doing it on the opposite day as God said to do it (The last day, not the first day) which is the one we are supposed to set apart. Which makes perfect sense because He is Lord of the Sabbath:

Lu 6:5 And he said unto them, That the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.

I spent a lot of time researching and documenting this here http://homegroups.org/where-did-the-sabbath-go/. I also realized that there is no way that the “Easter” story is correct, because it is absolutely impossible that the “good Friday to Easter Sunday” math works, because of the only sign we have been given:

Mt 12:40 For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

Being raised “on the 3rd day” is not the sign that was given exactly as Yeshua gave it. The only way the math works is if Yeshua was buried on Passover (Wednesday at 3PM) and raised on the first Sabbath after Passover. Which is exactly what the Bible says in the Greek, but not what the church teaches. 

This is just the tip of the iceberg brother. And I am giving you the overview so you don’t have to spend the hours and hours that I have spent, but I still want you to please check it out for yourself and trust ONLY in the Word of God. I have come to learn that Torah (the first 5 books) is the Word that became flesh.

Joh 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

The first 5 books of the Bible are also called Penteteuch. The numbers 5 and 2 are very significant as I will show you. Yeshua IS Torah, Torah is the Tree of Life. The bread of life. The Living Water. And what worries me the most is that when Yeshua returns, many will hear these words:

Mt 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity (lawlessness, sin).

The ones who will NOT hear thois words are called Israel. All 12 tribes together. We are the either of the 10 scattered/ dispersed lost tribes known as the House of Israel (AKA the House of Ephraim and the house of Joseph) or the 2 main tribes of the southern kingdom. There are some of us also who are sojourners who by choice want to be grafted in and change our citizenship, like the story of Ruth. We are the ones that Yeshua came for and sent His Apostles, to graft in to the Olive tree. This was all prophesied but we were blind to it until recently when Yahweh started removing the scales from our eyes. The house of Judah is made up of Judah and Benjamin. We have to understand history to understand the future. All of this is prophecy unfolding right before our very eyes if we have eyes to see. There was a time when both houses loved David and the commandments of Yahweh:

1Sa 18:16 But all Israel and Judah loved David, because he went out and came in before them.

So we are 2 houses being made 1 house as was prophesied in Jeremiah and Exekiel. The 2 loaves of bread that Yeshua multiplied were the 2 houses. The 5 fish that He multiplied are reminiscent of the 5 wise virgins of Mt 25 that are waiting for the marriage feast of Mt 22 :

 1Ki 17:12 And she said, As the LORD thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die.Eze 37:19 Say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel his fellows, and will put them with him, even with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they shall be one in mine hand.

I have put these details together and found that we are GREATER than the previous  2 houses for several reasons and documted it here http://homegroups.org/the-remnant/. Not the least of which is because we are strictly servants who are feeding the sheep NOT as Levitical priests, but as priests and kings of the order of Mechizedech who now have the greater understanding of the spirit of the law and now have the scepter that Judah once had :

Mt 11:11 Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.Ge 49:10 The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.

This will need quite a bit of clarification that I am only understanding recently. The sceptre departed from natural Judah when “Shiloh” came. He came 2000 years ago, for those who received (and continue to receive) Him. Those who are “in Shiloh” (in Christ/ Messiah) touch the sceptre even now. All judgment has been committed to the Son (John 5:22), but we know that we have been given a level of “delegated” authority to judge righteous judgement within Israel, “the church” (John 7:24, 1 Cor. 6, 1 Pet. 4:17) and in the future we shall judge the world and angels with Him(1 Cor. 6:2-3). 

How we have used that delegated authority in this life is how we will be judged as well (except we repent of any unrighteous judgments we have rendered, Matt. 7:2-5). He still holds the sceptre, but we have been given a signet ring (as it were) confirming a level of authority given to us in rendering righteous judgment in working out our own salvation with fear and trembling.  All one needs to do is look at Haman to understand this.  The legitimately declared judgment he declared in the Name and authority of the King by the power of the sceptre, the LAW, ultimately fell upon his own head when the power and authority was taken from him and given to a nation “producing the fruit thereof”- Mordecai and Esther, true Jews.  The judgment he rendered against Mordecai and the Jews was the judgment that fell upon him (and his sons).

There is a remnant, a “little man” (manchild, Mordecai means “little man”) that will be born out of the church who will be given the sceptre because they have heard.

For all of these points I am giving mainly 1 key scripture, but don’t just study the scripture by itself because no scripture is there for private (by itself or only by us) interpretation. Read them all in context.

Matt. 21:37-43 37 But last of all he sent unto them his son, saying, They will reverence my son. 38 But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance. 39 And they caught him, and cast him out of the vineyard, and slew him. 40 When the lord therefore of the vineyard cometh, what will he do unto those husbandmen? 41 They say unto him, He will miserably destroy those wicked men, and will let out his vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits in their seasons. 42 Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes? 43 Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.

The Sceptre represents the Law, the Torah itself as it is the law that judges sin and the people who sin. It is the “rod of chastening” that is used for correction. Who is true “Judah”, but the King of Judah? Who is true Judah but the people (tribe) who willingly make themselves subject to the King of Judah?

Even the word “sceptre” (shebet, H7626) is also translated as TRIBE or BRANCH Who brings forth the “fruits thereof”, fruits of repentance as John proclaimed:

“But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance : And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.” (Matt. 3:7-9).

Are not the fruits that the vineyard owner is looking for within those who have aligned themselves with the King of Judah, the King of the “jews” (judeans, Judah) because they repented and began to follow the King of Judah, Yeshuah?

There are two baskets of fruit (figs) being offered. One is “good figs” and the other is “evil figs” (Jer. 24). Both were sent into captivity . The difference is that the good figs willingly submitted to it as the judgment of God whereas the evil figs rebelled. They did not want to go into captivity, did not see it as the judgment of God, and were judged more harshly in captivity because of their rebellion. Thus, one acknowledges the judgment of the sceptre (the law) required them to go into captivity until they repent, while the other rebels against the judgment of the Sceptre that said they will go into captivity except they repent (Lev. 26:27, 33; Deut. 4:25-27).

“I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence , and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early.” (Hos. 5:15).

Judah is not defined by rebels “surnaming themselves by the name of Israel” (Isa. 44:5). Orthodox jews understood this then, and many still do now. They understand that they were not to return to the land except they repent. Yet God knows who Judah (true jews) are. It is those who agree with the Torah, which is to say, they agree with the judgment that still stands against them; they “kiss (touch) the sceptre” as Esther did…a true jew that was hidden by a GENTILE name . “

Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye *perish* from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little.” (Ps. 2:12).

God also knows who true Israel (true israelites) are as well (though they are hidden among the nations, i.e., the GENTILES ):

“Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph. And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see. Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, *Behold an Israelite indeed , in whom is no guile!* Nathanael saith unto him, Whence knowest thou me? Jesus answered and said unto him, Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast *under the fig tree* , I saw thee. Nathanael answered and saith unto him, Rabbi, thou art the *Son of God ; thou art the King of Israel* . Jesus answered and said unto him, Because I said unto thee, I saw thee under the fig tree, believest thou? thou shalt see greater things than these.” (John 1:45-50).

Messiah recognized Nathaniel “because He saw him sitting under the fig tree” (in other words, submission to the King of Judah and abiding in the “good fig” tree). To recognize Him then as the “King of Israel”, one must therefore FIRST recognize Him as the “King of Judah”, thus remembering the fact that Judah crowned David as King well before the 10 tribes of Ephraim / Israel did. The prophetic parallel here is that before one is an “Israelite indeed”, he must first be sitting under the right fig tree. He must have already produced the “good figs” , the “fruits of repentance” the vineyard owner has always been seeking.

“I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence , and seek my face: *in their affliction* they will seek me early.” (Hos. 5:15).

Therefore my view of the geographic nation called Israel is that God has allowed the land to be given to them for the opportunity to “acknowledge their offense” when affliction comes. True Ephraim/Israel will finally be recognized by them when they see that they are “an Israelite indeed” in that they are “sitting under the good fig tree”, the Torah. THEN they will finally “see” (acknowledge) Yeshuah as the Messiah by and through the testimony of these witnesses.

This is all very much missing from my previous understanding, because I just never saw it before. And I am sure there will always be “more to see”.

The Book of Revelation’s Hebrew Roots

The book of Revelation is a simple book to understand, IF we try to understand the Fall feasts of the Lord and the front of the Book. Revelation is really another description and is the completed revelation of “the 70th week of Daniel”. Because only a small amount of people (mainly Messianic Jews or people who didn’t grow up in “church”, but rather came to faith without being brainwashed by a particular denominational error) who study the fall feasts and the “old testament”, there are not many who understand the Revelation of Jesus Christ (Yeshua ha Meshiach) maturely. I am still working on understanding all the details because prophetic books unfold in real time as our eyes are opened up by God. Much has been learned by followers of Jesus since the 50’s when Messianic Jews started to grow. Then around 1967 massive amounts of Jews began to be moved by the the Holy Spirit in a supernatural way. What their knowledge of the front of the book brought to the table was significant. And it will take quite a bit of discussion before we can show what that changes about our understand of the Revelation.

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To understand the Hebrew roots of Revelation, we must first understand that Jesus was a Hebrew, an Israelite by physical birth just like Paul and all the apostles. I don’t think we can say He was a Jew by today’s standards but that is a complicated topic. When Jesus said “follow me”, He didn’t just mean, “get behind Him and follow His footsteps in the sand” like pictures on your wall so you don’t get lost. It can mean that in a way but it also means “be like me and do what I did”. Jesus and His Apostles followed the first 5 books of the Bible 100%. If we aren’t, then we are not “following Jesus” and His Hebraic lifestyle and mindset. We can also learn quite a bit by looking into the Hebrew roots of Native Americans to gain perspective on what it really looked like.

Many Jews (which are technically only 3 at most out of 12 tribes with Hebraic history) of the first century rejected the Bible’s Messiah 3 times, but not ALL Jews. The first time was with John the Baptist when they rejected God the Father:

Lu 7:30 But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God against themselves, being not baptized of him.

Then they rejected God the Son when they turned Yeshua over to the Romans:

Mr 15:13 And they cried out again, Crucify him

They then rejected His Spirit a third time when Stephen was stoned:

Ac 7:51 ¶ Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers?

Also Peter denied the Son 3 times but gave an example of repentance which Messianic Jews practice.

Jesus (Yeshua) and His Apostles lived a culture of community that is DEFINED in the front of the book. I believe and consider the last book of the Bible (about the last days) to be a type of Gospel. And just like Yeshua fulfilled the Spring feasts in His first coming as the Servant in the gospel of Matthew as a Prophet and was raised a Priest, He will return and fulfill the fall feasts as the King with a rod of iron. And that is indeed good news, for those who obey His commandments and have the faith of Jesus (Yeshua). Indeed, just like it was prophesied to the VERY day when He would be born and when He would make His triumphal entry, when He returns will come out of the same prophesies. Sure there are some scary parts, and some parts that we won’t fully understand until we are on the other side. But if we truly trust Yahweh as our Creator, we should also Trust Him as our REcreator of the new body with a new name when He returns as it is described in the book of the Revelation.

If we understand the difference between the western mindset and the eastern mindset, we will begin to understand how utterly important it is for us to have the MIND OF CHRIST, which is an eastern mindset in order to understand the Revelation. In addition to the mindset, the alphabet used itself opens up an entire dimension of understanding to us that almost no Christians today understand.

It is Important to note, that I choose to use the name of God (which we have forgotten as it was prophesied) several different ways depending on who I am talking to. Just like I say or spell the name of Jesus/ Yeshua different ways for the same reason. Why have we forgotten the Hebrew name of God without even realizing it?

Almost every place in the Bible where we see the word “name” we can replace it with the word “authority”, except for the places where it is specifically talking about the Creator’s name or His Son’s name. It’s important to get names right because names have meaning in the Bible. For example, if you read the names of Genesis 5 by their meaning instead of their transliteration, we see the gospel clearly written out. Also, there is no Apostle named James, nor is there a book in the Bible called James. If you read the original language, “James”, the name of both Apostles is the word “Ἰάκωβος” or Jacob in English. It’s interesting to note who the book of Ἰάκωβος (mistranslated as James) was written to: Jas 1:1 ¶ James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.

God’s name is YHVH (יְהֹוָה), pronounced “yeh-ho-vaw’” or “Yah-weh”. He named His Son, Yeshua (ישוע) which means “YHVH brings salvation”.

The name of God is used almost 7 THOUSAND times in the Bible, but not 1 time outside of the original manuscripts is it used. There are several reasons for this and Jews did it long before Christians did. Under the pretense that His name is “too holy to pronounce” almost every translation changes His Name to “the LORD” or “G-d” ever since the translating started, but that’s not His name, that’s one of His titles. Millions of Christians today, like myself once, incorrectly believe that “Israel” in the Bible is talking about Jews only. For example they teach that the 144,000 in Revelation is only talking about the Jews. But the Bible says 12 thousand from EVERY Hebrew tribe that was “scattered abroud”, meaning 12 tribes of Israel of which Judah (Jews) is technically only 1 tribe of 11 others, although there were some others in Jerusalem in the first century. Many also believe that we are going to be in heaven forever instead of the Truth that the Kingdom of heaven is coming to us. How much of the book of Revelation is actually “new revelation” and how much of the “new testament” is actually new? How much of the “new testament” defines “sin” as opposed to referring to it as origination from the Hebrew original text? Isn’t sin the same always and forever, and isn’t sin the “breaking of the law”? Did Yeshua come to redefine sins, or to convince us of the ones we (the nations, Israel and Judah) were breaking? We must know that as Christians we are supposed to be DOING something; the Will of Yahweh if we are to be able to say that He “knows us”.

Mt 7:21 ¶ Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

Mt 11:27 All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.

John 14:15 ¶ If ye love me, keep my commandments.

John 14:21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.

John 15:10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.

Many Christians don’t understand the words of Paul as it relates to him being a Hebrew Israelite either. Paul was the greatest expert on the Scriptures in his day (Genesis to Malachi). Almost everything he discussed in the “new testament” was concerning those “Old Testament” Scriptures, especially their fulfillment by Jesus/ Yeshuah in 2 parts. So it is important to note that Paul would not preach something that disagrees with John (in his gospel or the revelation) if they are both true messengers of God/ Yahweh. So as always, we use the law of first mention to find who these nations in Revelation are and what this vision given to John is of. Is the book of Revelation the first place that mentions the beasts (nations) of the last days? The book of Daniel has much to say about the beasts, nations and the last days. But twice Yahweh told him to “shut up” the vision (revelation) that the Lord gave him:

Da 8:26 And the vision of the evening and the morning which was told is true: wherefore shut thou up the vision; for it shall be for many days.

Da 12:4 But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.

Knowledge has certainly increased. Today, we can search through the ENTIRE Old Testament of Hebrew text in seconds and learn what the early “church fathers” didn’t understand.  We can search out the entire “new testament” in seconds and define which parts of it are actually “new” and didn’t already exist or weren’t already stated in the “old testament”. And we can do so in studying the whole Bible in our language, the original language and with scores of study tools that weren’t available until recently. So that is why it is important to study the whole entire Bible in detail using the tools available to us. But most Christians don’t even READ their whole Bibles, let alone study them start to finish on a regular basis. So how could they know that what their pastors are teaching them is not true? How can the pastors know that what their seminaries taught them is not the whole story? How can the seminary teachers know that some of their instructional texts or even manuscripts of the Bible are incorrect or tainted? Luckily, with technology we don’t need to go through all of that, we can just read and study the text for ourselves in the original languages as we sit on the shoulders of giants before us who have dug up this information for our consumption and teaching of that which the prophets have taught. But it takes effort, that’s where we fall short.

Daniel was a Hebrew prophet of the tribe of Judah, and so was John most likely (the Bible only tells of the tribes of Paul, Joses, Jesus and Mathew, who were sons of Levi and Benjamin and Judah- most likely because everyone else was of Judah who wasn’t mentioned). To John was given the rest of the vision that was sealed up for the last days. Yahweh gave it to John almost 2000 years ago through Jesus (Yeshua) and we are only recently able to fully understand it. I have been going over this stuff in my mind for months and growing exponentially in understanding. I have even shared that it feels like “my DNA is changing”. I can certainly tell you that I understand what it means in this verse:

Re 10:9 And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey.

Understanding the fullness of prophecy is a gift, it is certainly sweet going in. But when you meditate on it, it causes great lament of the spirit because of where we have missed the mark.  Every prophet or individual with the gift (to the Body, not the individual) understands what this means:

Eze 2:9 And when I looked, behold, an hand was sent unto me; and, lo, a roll of a book was therein; And he spread it before me; and it was written within and without: and there was written therein lamentations, and mourning, and woe.

Eze 3:3 And he said unto me, Son of man, cause thy belly to eat, and fill thy bowels with this roll that I give thee. Then did I eat it; and it was in my mouth as honey for sweetness.  And he said unto me, Son of man, go, get thee unto the house of Israel, and speak with my words unto them. For thou art not sent to a people of a strange speech and of an hard language, but to the house of Israel;

We must understand that prophecy of the last days is described all over the “old testament” Hebrew text. And we need to understand these OT prophecies before we even attempt to understand Revelation (or even the “New Testament”). Today, I believe it is possible we are in interlude between the 6th and 7th seal waiting on the 7 trumpets while God continues calling His Bride, Israel (the True Assembly). But it could very well be 100 more years before things become perfectly obvious where we are in time.

So how is it that Job (the oldest book of the Bible) would seem to understand the prophetic calamities of the day of Yahweh but we are blind? That may not be obvious at first glance, but everyone who knows the front of the Book well knows that the 7 days of the week are precursors or shadows of the millennial rest/ Sabbath often called the “thousand-year reign” or “Millennium”.

Job 5:19 He shall deliver thee in six troubles: yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee.

I don’t know for certain that Job knew about the last day in detail, but he certainly seems to know a little more than most of us. This is my belief based on much study over the years plus recent enlightenment, and every believer is free to believe something else about Revelation. I have believed differently at different stages of my growth in understanding and I may change my mind in the future. At one time, I believed just like the “left behind” series “taught me” to believe about the Rapture and like the catholic church taught denominational institutions of doctrines of men to believe, AKA “churches”. I no longer hold that view of waiting on a rapture to suck me into heaven before the tribulation and haven’t for years. And the more I learn about the feasts of Yahweh (God’s name that we forgot) the more I understand about the last days before the last feasts are fulfilled before Messiah comes.

So here we must pause harshly, because in order to go any further, most Christians will have NO IDEA what I am talking about when I talk about the feasts so they need to be defined. All Christians know about really is “Christmas and easter”.

The feast days (Leviticus 23) are the blueprint for the advents of Messiah, along with Daniel’s 70 weeks (which was also the amount of time that Jesus’/ Yeshua’s ministry lasted). The wise men knew when Jesus would be born before the 1st century from a combination of prophecy of Daniel (that was passed from Daniel to the Babylonians when his name was Belteshazzar), as well as calendar and astronomical knowledge that we have lost. But very few of the Jews saw it coming in their day because they didn’t understand the spirit of the law or the spirit of the feasts and Sabbaths (Shabbats). Today we are even worse- we have fallen away from God’s feasts, we are asleep for the most part as well as partially blinded to our roots of not only the 1st century but more importantly the 1st decade.

There is no gentile gate in the new Jerusalem in the book of Revelation, because there was never a Covenant with gentiles.

Re 22:14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.

That is why we need to get the “gentile” out of us and bring back the Kingdom culture of the Bible. Gentile means “nations” and the “churches” in America especially are full of what the nations do. It’s called Paganism and worldliness. There is no such thing as a “gentile christian” according to the Bible. Aside from that, we also battle with our flesh, our carnal nature. As we overcome, we see things more clearly. But none of us are perfect and none of us have it all correct because we ALL need Messiah to show us and teach us. It is important to know that the Hebrew mindset was always to learn in order to DO. The Hellenistic mindset (Greek) was to learn for the sake of teaching. Teachers who teach and don’t do are walking a thin line. That is why the Apostle Jacob, who sent his letter to the 12 scattered tribes of Israel said the following:

Jas 1:22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

This brings us finally to begin to discuss the Hebraic roots of Revelation having laid a bit of foundation. Going to the vision John received, most will say that “in the Spirit on the Lord’s day” of chapter one means it was on a Sunday, but this is incorrect (Yahweh didn’t name any days of the week for a reason; they are numbered, not named). It is “the day of the Lord” that John was taken to in Spirit which the Bible talks so much about. It is the Last Day; the one that is talked about all the way back to the oldest book of the Bible, Job who called it “the day of his wrath”.

So the first 3 chapters introduce the giver of the vision, the mediary of the vision and the party to who it was to be delivered (the 7 churches of Asia minor). But in chapter 4 it gets a little fuzzy; It’s a picture of heavenly beings as the door to heaven is revealed. Chapter 5 and following is very similar in that the heavenly beings are in the picture, and they are showing John what the prophet Daniel was shown that made him weep and lament. Namely, that Israel had broken Covenant and there was no one worthy to fix it without breaking Yahweh’s Laws.

Re 5:4 And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.

This caused John to weep much just like Daniel. We have in Chapter 5 a little bit of Eternity Past and Eternity Present (John’s present). In chapter 6 we move into some Eternity Future and almost everything after that is what happens on Earth in the physical, but from the perspective of higher-dimensional sight. This is where John gets to see what the angel showed Daniel, but John gets to see it having the hope of the Messiah and knowledge of the renewed Covenant (new testament). Daniel only got to see bad stuff, and indeed there’s going to be some bad stuff. For example, we see in the last chapter of Revelation that unlike Daniel, John was told NOT to shut up the vision, and at the last day, there is no more repentance.

Re 22:10 And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand.  11 He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.

In chapter 7 there are 2 groups of people mentioned besides angels:

1. Re 7:9 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;

It is my belief that these are all the saints from all over the world from every denomination who have the faith of Yeshua but deny His commandments so they are going through the great tribulation, because that is exactly what the Bible says.

Re 7:14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

Then we have another group of people:

2. Re 7:4 And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.

These I believe are the Saints with both the faith in Yeshua and the commandments of Yahweh, because that is exactly what the Bible says:

Re 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. 13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.

I believe the first group of people will go through the Great Tribulation for purification, the second group of people choose to try to purify themselves; Because before we enter the Kingdom we have to be purified. The Great Tribulation is the period (I am leaning towards 1 year of tribulation/ purification, but I digress) of purification where some will be sealed in the wilderness for a time (perhaps shortened) even though most teachers don’t teach that. I believe we will be with Yeshuah Messiah face to face somehow and He will lead us out of the wilderness where we were protected in miraculous ways while leading us back to the promised land in the Greater Exodus that the first Exodus was a shadow of. We miss how so many things are just like everything in the old testament and play a shadow-part of things to come repetitively. This will be around the time of the Great Harvest that the book of Revelation speaks of. That is why we will be singing the Song of Moses:

Re 15:3 And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.

Ex 15:1 ¶ Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song unto the LORD, and spake, saying, I will sing unto the LORD, for he hath triumphed gloriously: the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea.

I understand that this will sound crazy to most people because it is not taught in churches, but that does not mean that it’s not in the Bible. The following prophecy will be fulfilled one day which clearly says there is another Exodus coming:

Jer 16:14 ¶ Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that it shall no more be said, The LORD liveth, that brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt; But, The LORD liveth, that brought up the children of Israel from the land of the north, and from all the lands whither he had driven them: and I will bring them again into their land that I gave unto their fathers.

There are so many correlations between the Exodus and Revelation that we must take the time to understand the Exodus in detail before we can understand Revelation because it is a shadow-picture just like the feasts and the story of Isaac, and the story of Joseph and his brothers and SO many others. And despite what many churches teach, shadow-pictures are the blueprints that Yahweh gave us regarding the Messiah, they are not just things to “learn”, they are things to do. The Exodus starts out with the tribes of Israel just like the harvest does. They are the first fruits in Revelation too, but they are named a little differently in Revelation as we will see later. In addition to that, first-born deaths (first-fruits of the womb) was a very specific plague before the first Exodus. So to figure out who is going through the second exodus, let us see who went through the first; was it only the Jews as so many churches teach?

Ge 48:5 And now thy two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, which were born unto thee in the land of Egypt before I came unto thee into Egypt, are mine; as Reuben and Simeon, they shall be mine.

Ge 48:20 And he blessed them that day, saying, In thee shall Israel bless, saying, God make thee as Ephraim and as Manasseh: and he set Ephraim before Manasseh.

Ex 1:1 ¶ Now these are the names of the children of Israel, which came into Egypt; every man and his household came with Jacob. Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah, Issachar, Zebulun, and Benjamin, Dan, and Naphtali, Gad, and Asher.

Ex 12:37 ¶ And the children of Israel journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand on foot that were men, beside children.
38 And a mixed multitude went up also with them; and flocks, and herds, even very much cattle.

There are only 11 tribes mentioned in Revelation. Why? Because Joseph died (yet Israelites continued to grow) and Ephraim had the double blessing over Manasseh after they were made sons of Israel which actually gives us 13 tribes of Israel. It was Israelites who went into Egypt, but see above who actually came out. The Israelites became a nation when a mixed multitude of people came out of Egypt the same way that these last days, the Father is calling out a mixed multitude who would hear His voice and these are the ones that we are to be looking for to unite with the Body as ambassadors of the kingdom:sabbath

 

The last day will happen while many of us who do not follow the commandments of Yahweh and are not spending time with Yehovah on His appointed times for Assembly are going about our business, and that should scare every evangelical in the world who doesn’t read or study their Bible to learn about this. As John the Baptist says:

Mt 3:12 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.

And as Yeshua tells us in the same Gospel the harvest hour is not known, but the day (within a couple days) and season we do. Just like Jesus fulfilled the spring and summer feasts, He will fulfill the fall feasts including Yom Teruah (feast of trumpets), the day when we don’t know will start because it starts when you see the new moon so everyone waits until they see it. It could be in a couple days or the next day. And the harvest happens in the opposite order that churches teach us it will happen. See these verses among others:

Mt 13:30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.

Mt 24:36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.

The DAY we are told that we should know at least somewhat, and the TIMES we should know, and the SEASON and the SIGNS we should know as well. Appointed times of the fall are like the ones in the spring (Passover, Unleavened Bread, First fruits and Pentecost) in that they are going to be fulfilled literally. But most of us are sleeping like the 5 virgins that didn’t make it to the Marriage Supper in Mathew 25 because they had no oil for their lamp. This is why we have the book of Song of Solomon, especially chapters 3 and 5, to understand more that we are the Bride waiting on the Bridegroom.

And here I take a pause to think about Adam and Eve and the first marriage, because some talk about the fact that it was not all of Adam’s body that became his bride, it was only 1 rib- perhaps meaning that only those closest to the heart of Yahweh will become the Bride. The rest of us, if we are not the Bride, will be the attendees at the wedding perhaps. And still some of us will not make it because we did not keep watch and have oil in our lamps ready for the fall feasts of the marriage supper. So let me do my best to explain the feasts as I am learning and doing them.

I am still trying to figure out the implications of fall feasts fulfillment, but so far I am repenting and turning back to these dates to the best of my ability:

Feasts of Yahweh

 

The seventh day (Saturday) Sabbath – (Shabbat) Gen 2:1-3, Lev 23:3, Num 28:9-10, Exo 20:8-11, Deut 5:12-15   A convocation day. No work to be done.

 

Feast of Passover The 14th day of the 1st month (Abib / Nisan)   Exo 12, Exo 13:6-8, Lev 23:5, Deut 16:3-8, Num 28:16   Note: this was not a convocation day (no public gatherings) or a sabbath day. The Jews considered this day to be the day before Passover (Pesah), which to them is the same as the Feast of Unleavened Bread. The type was the Passover in Egypt, with the blood of the lamb being smeared on the door posts. Jesus and the disciples ate the Passover meal (Matt 26:18-20, Mark 14:12-16) of unleavened bread and wine in the early hours of this day (Exo 12:18), which would have been our Thursday evening (the biblical day begins and ends at sunset). Jesus was crucified, and died the afternoon of the 14th (Friday, the preparation day), at the time the Paschal lambs were being slain (Exo 12:6), at the ninth hour (3 pm.). Passover is a shadow or type of the sacrifice of Jesus (the antitype), the lamb of God, at the cross (1 Cor 5:7). Jesus was buried and in the grave 3 days AND 3 nights so there is no way the story of the catholic church and her “good Friday” is true.3days3nights

Feast of Unleavened Bread (Pesah) – a week long observance. Travel to the Sanctuary in Jerusalem required of all men, to present themselves before the Lord (Exo 23:14,17, Exo   34:22, Deut 16:16). First day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread 15th day of the 1st month (Abib/Nisan) Lev 23:7, Num 28:17-18   A convocation / sabbath day. No servile work.

 

The Day of First Fruits The 16th day of the 1st month (Abib / Nisan)   Exo 34:25-26, Lev 23:10-14, – Late Passover Num 9:10-11   Not a convocation day. No restriction on servile work.   Barley harvest – Firstfruits presented to the Lord (Lev 23:10-11) This was the day of first sheaf waving (type), the first fruit of the barley harvest. The antitype was Resurrection Sunday which also occurred on 16 Abib / Nisan. Jesus was the first fruits of the resurrection, (1 Cor 15:20, 23, 2 Tim 2:6-8)

 

Feast of Pentecost (Shavuot) Travel to the Sanctuary in Jerusalem required of all men, to present   themselves before the Lord (Exo 23:14,17, Exo 34:22, Deut 16:16). Exo 34:22, Lev 23:15-21, Acts 2:1, Acts 20:16, 1 Cor 16:8   Occurs 50 days after the day of first fruits / barley sheaf waving   (16 Nisan), on or about the 6th day of the third month (Sivan).   A convocation / sabbath day. No servile work done. Wheat harvest – Firstfruits presented to the Lord (Lev 23:17, 20) Also called Feast of Weeks (Ex 34:22), the day of First Fruits (Exo     23:16, Num 28:26) Feast of the Harvest (Ex 23:16) and in the New Testament – Pentecost (Acts 2:1) A festival that celebrated the first fruits of the wheat harvest with the offering of two wave loaves of leavened bread (Lev 23:17, 20).

 

Trumpets The 1st day of the 7th month (Ethanim / Tishri)   Lev 23:24, Num 29:1   A convocation / sabbath day. Not called a feast day. No servile work done.   The first day of the year. This was an announcement to Israel of impending judgment, which occurred on the Day of Atonement, nine days later.

 

Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) The 10th day of the 7th month (Ethanim / Tishri)   Lev 23:27, Num 29:7, Lev 16 A convocation / sabbath day. No work to be done.

 

Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkoth) – An eight day feast of ingathering Travel to the Sanctuary in Jerusalem required of all men, to present   themselves before the Lord (Exo 23:14,17, Exo   34:22, Deut 16:16). The first day was the 15th day of the 7th month (Ethanim / Tishri)   Exo 34:22, Lev 23:34-36, 39-43, Num 29:12   A convocation / sabbath day. No servile work done.

The 8th day of the Feast of Tabernacles (Shemini Atzeret) 22nd day of the seventh month.   Lev 23:36,39, Num 29:35   A convocation / sabbath day. No servile work done. The final day of Tabernacles was also a sabbath, a day of solemn assembly. At this time of year the former or early rains fell (late October / November), when the fields were plowed and sown.

So these are the feasts as best as I can see them, that we are asked by Yahweh to observe in response to the Marriage Covenant that Yeshua renewed. They are not for our salvation, they’re a gift to us! The Sabbaths and festivals are made for man;

Mr 2:27 “And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath”.

We are not clearly commanded in the New Testament to observe all the feasts, but it is clearly shown to us by example and it is assumed that an unchanging God would not need to be clear that He never nailed the whole front of the book to the cross, and there is certainly no mention in Scripture regarding Christmas or easter either. And the reason for including the feasts of Yahweh in discussion is the clarity they bring to the book of Revelation, especially the fulfillment of the future day of atonement in the Jubilee, Tishrei 10, in the 70th week of Daniel when the King rules as the Son of David. At this time He will bring the blood of the Lamb to the mercy seat.  It is absolutely impossible to read the new testament alone and understand everything that is going to happen. But truth be told, it is absolutely impossible unless the God of the Old Testament wants us to know. What does the Father want our hearts to be like?

Isa 66:1 ¶ Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest?  2 For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.

Now let us clarify “Jews” before we get back to discussing Revelation, otherwise the next parts will make absolutely no sense. God is waking up many Jewish people to Messiah at the same time that He is waking up “Ephraim”, or the sons of Joseph (house of Israel) that were scattered abroad to the commandments; by “house of Israel” I am referring to the 10 tribes of Israel that were NOT Jews. We must understand that the house of Israel is the mirrored opposite of the Jews (house of Judah) as it relates to prophecy. According to the Complete Unabridged Webster’s Dictionary and Home Library – 1958, 2562 pages, “The kingdom of Judah and Israel were formed at about the year 937 BC. Israel lost its identity in 722 BC. The southern kingdom of Judah maintained its independence until 586 BC.”

This is an AMAZING time to be alive. So let me be clear; Since the first century the return of Messiah has been “imminent” for believers. During WW2 it appeared to perfectly match up to Revelation and millions of Christians thought it was the end of the world and Hitler was the antichrist. In fact, many Jews will tell you that the time of Jacob’s trouble was fulfilled during the holocaust, which some say the great tribulation was 7 years for the Jews’ purification. It’s interesting to note that Jacob had to work for 7 years for his wife only to find out that he had to work 7 more for the one he wanted.

Many Christians also believed that the first Ottoman Empire was ushering in the Antichrist just as some today believe the return of the Ottoman Empire is the beast and Erdogan is the antichrist. The protestant reformation constantly thought the “Holy See” was the antichrist with every new pope. People have been following blood moons for many generations too, it’s not just something that we started noticing the last 10 years. There is no shortage of date-setters either who sell snake oil in each generation. Earthquakes, wars, pestilence etc is nothing new and neither is profiting off of fear. Someone somewhere always has these things going on. But we have to have 10 nations with 10 kings including Egypt, Libya and Ethiopia included according to Daniel and Revelation in order for this to be the last days. And I say this to be clear that it is absolutely possible that nothing will happen for 100 more years, NONE of us know for certain. But some day, we will return to the land whose capital is built on the name of God; the Father, Son and Spirit and the fall feasts will be fulfilled as the spring/ summer feasts were.

1Ki 11:36 And unto his son will I give one tribe, that David my servant may have a light always before me in Jerusalem, the city which I have chosen me to put my name there.

It is interesting to note that there are no winter feasts and we are told to pray that our “flight” doesn’t come in winter. But it is the fall when grapes are ripe for harvest. So getting back to Revelation, we see the fulfillment of the gathering of the tares:

Re 14:18 And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe.

Why are the angels talking about grapes instead of wheat or barley? It’s because of the time of year that this is going to happen. Wheat and barley are spring and summer crops. Grapes are fall/ autumn crops. We aren’t quite there yet, but I don’t know how much closer we can get. It would seem that this group of re-gathered Tribesmen and women of Israel’s 10 lost tribes (Judah and Benjamin know who they are) are those who have not been sucked into denominations or have come out of them. Let me explain:

Re 14:4 These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb

What does it mean “virgins”? Some say they are children and that could also be true. To understand what the virgins have not been defiled with we must understand a mystery.

Re 17:5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.

Who is the mother and who are the harlots? Perhaps it is Judaism or perhaps the Roman Catholic church is the mother, and all of the denominations that she birthed during the protestant reformation make up mystery Babylon? These are both a possibility. Let’s see how that fits into the Revelation: What if, it was the catholic church who formerly removed the Hebrew roots and commandments of Yahweh from the doctrines that it espoused for 2 thousand years? Before the hellenization of the Bible and the doctrine of Yahweh, 1st-century Christians practiced all of the feasts and Sabbaths just like the Judaizers created equally sinful doctrines of men after the perfect Word was given. These  feasts and Sabbath are the feasts that the Roman Catholic Church and the Greek “church fathers” removed and gave us Christmas and easter instead, along with replacing the Sabbath:

Any person or ministry that has given a specific date that hasn’t happened is a false prophet according to the Bible. Period. It is pretty common practice for me personally to stop investing any time with that person or ministry, no matter how much Truth they have elsewise. I am admitting that the hair on my neck is standing up; But if I was a Jew during the holocaust or an American during WW2, hair on my neck would be an understatement. Things have been much worse than they are now. I am simply a watchman on the wall who spends COUNTLESS hours sifting through false information in search Truth so that others don’t have to.

De 18:22 When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.

I hear SDA’s talking about 3 angels, but I see a lot more than just 3 angels in Revelation;

1 angelic host of the vision
7 angels of the churches (Rv 2-3)
1 angel asking who is worthy (Rv 5)
1 angel crying to the 4 angels on 4 corners (Rv 7)
1 angel sitting at the altar (Rv 8)
7 angels with 7 trumputs (Rv  8)
1 angel flying in the heaven crying woes (Rv 9)
1 angel of the bottomless pit (Rv 9)
1 angel crying 7 thunders shut up (Rv 10)
1 angel flying in the heaven with the gospel (Rv 14)
1 angel behind him saying Babylon is fallen (Rv 14)
1 angel behind him warning of the mark (Rv 14)
1 angel saying the harvest is ripe (Rv 14)
1 angel with another sickle (Rv 14)
1 angel from under the altar saying to grab the clusters (Rv 14)
1 angel with great might saying Babylon is fallen who threw the stone (Rv 18)
1 angel standing in the sun (Rv 19)
1 angel with keys to the bottomless pit (Rv 20)

Some of these angels may be the same, hard to tell. Indeed SDA’s have held well the true Sabbath despite the rest of the Church’s ignorance. For some however, ignorance is not the culprit; evil, malice, deliberate manipulation can be cited for some denominations and leaders. Our practices though are not what Yahweh is primarily interested in;

Ge 6:5 And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

Ex 25:2 Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring me an offering: of every man that giveth it willingly with his heart ye shall take my offering.

This is a heart-issue; always has been. In the first Exodus, Yahweh didn’t take the Israelites straight to the Promiseland, and I doubt He will during the Greater Exodus. If we will not prepare our hearts willingly, He will do it for us before we are let in to the Promise.  Let us compare the 2 Exodus’ 10 plagues and judgments:

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These are the purpose of the 7 angels that we see in Revelation. Just like in Exodus, these are to show the world that Yahweh is Creator and to pass judgment on those who will not submit to this simple and obvious Truth; The Earth has a Creator and His name is Yahweh. Through His Son, Yeshuah (YHVH brings salvation) He created the universe and gave His life for mankind and all He asks in return is that we acknowledge Him by guarding feasts and 10 little commandments ESPECIALLY the one that celebrates His Creating everything for us- the Sabbath. There are many other “7’s” in Revelation and even more in the rest of the Bible. But the “church” which doesn’t understand she is Israel has lost her understanding of those 7’s because we stopped focusing our lives around the 7th day. I am just as guilty until this year. Even though I am blessed by not having grown up in “church” and its traditions of men, I allowed my understanding to become corrupted because after I learned my Bible in a 3-year sabbatical, I went to “churches” to learn more. MUCH to my surprise, I couldn’t find a “pastor” who understood their Bible better than the Spirit had taught me, but there were and are plenty of people who taught me things I didn’t “know”.

I am thankful that our “salvation” is not based on what we think we “know”, it is based on what we believe which defines our actions. And going to church corrupted what I believed. It is important to understand ALL of the Bible, not just enough of it to believe in Yeshua for salvation. There are so many shadow pictures of the Messiah in the old testament that give us understanding of what He is, why He is, who He is and what He came to do (and what He still has in store). He came to be like Moses, Joseph, Joshua, Jeremiah, Hosea etc., all of which are “types” or have traits of the soon-returning Messiah. And every single one of them obeyed the commandments of Yahweh; so should we. And not only to “obey” the commandments and “observe” the appointed times, but to understand the spirit and heart of the matter. America will soon see that what they preach as bondage, is actually the key to our freedom from sin (breaking the law). It was prophesied many years ago that we would forget His name:

Jer 23:25 I have heard what the prophets said, that prophesy lies in my name, saying, I have dreamed, I have dreamed.
26 How long shall this be in the heart of the prophets that prophesy lies? yea, they are prophets of the deceit of their own heart;
27 Which think to cause my people to forget my name by their dreams which they tell every man to his neighbour, as their fathers have forgotten my name for Baal.

Because we have forgotten His name and forsaken His commandments, Yahweh has forsaken our liberty that He has blessed us with for so many years before our recent apostasy. But just like before, if we will humble ourselves and search out Truth we will become a remnant of a Bride which is what this book of Revelation is pointing to; another Exodus of the Israelites. And let us look at evidence for the veracity of the first Exodus and establish the fact that it really happened before we show evidence of the Greater Exodus:

Most have not seen the evidence of the first Exodus by Ron Wyatt, and many claim his discoveries of the first Exodus to be false. That is for each of us to study the evidence ourselves, not listen to others.

Because pastors don’t understand the front of the Bible, they and their seminaries have come up with explanations from their own fantasies about what the future holds. But we must learn to go back to the part of the Bible where everything is defined in a masterful genius way that no human being could have put together. When we do that we can begin to understand the Revelation. See the explanation in more detail here. One of the clearest warnings in the book of Revelation is its defining of the sealed saints.

Re 12:17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.
Re 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.
Re 22:14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.

Many falsely teach that these “commandments” are simply the 2 commandments that Jesus/ Yeshua gave, Love God and your neighbor. But as we are explaining here the Greater Exodus, let us refer back to the first Exodus: Before the Exodus, Yahweh’s plagues/ judgments were not just on the Egyptians, but each plague/ judgment can be tied to one of their gods: egyptianplagues Actually, these were not “Egyptian” gods, they go all the way back to Nimrod’s days. These are just the Egyptian “names”. Let’s look at some other names in other cultures for the same gods: godsofworld When Moses brought the Israelites out of Egypt, Yahweh gave him 2 tablets of stone. We read in chapter 20 what those 10 commandments were. But because Israelites worshiped Yahweh in the way of the nations by making a golden calf (Christmas and easter should come to mind), Moses broke the tablets in anger that the Israelites could not even wait 40 days before they started worshiping Yahweh in the ways of the gods of other nations. In chapter 34, We read the 10 commandments again but a little bit differently:

Commandment # 1 Thou shalt worship no other god: for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God: Commandment # 2 Thou shalt make thee no molten gods.
Commandment # 3 The feast of unleavened bread shalt thou keep. Seven days thou shalt eat unleavened bread, as I commanded thee, in the time of the month Abib: for in the month Abib thou camest out from Egypt.
Commandment # 4 All that openeth the matrix is mine; and every firstling among thy cattle, whether ox or sheep, that is male. But the firstling of an ass thou shalt redeem with a lamb: and if thou redeem him not, then shalt thou break his neck. All the firstborn of thy sons thou shalt redeem. And none shall appear before me empty.
Commandment # 5 Six days thou shalt work, but on the seventh day thou shalt rest: in earing time and in harvest thou shalt rest.
Commandment # 6 And thou shalt observe the feast of weeks, of the firstfruits of wheat harvest, and the feast of ingathering at the year’s end.
Commandment # 7 Thrice in the year shall all your menchildren appear before the Lord God, the God of Israel. For I will cast out the nations before thee, and enlarge thy borders: neither shall any man desire thy land, when thou shalt go up to appear before the Lord thy God thrice in the year.
Commandment # 8 Thou shalt not offer the blood of my sacrifice with leaven; neither shall the sacrifice of the feast of the passover be left unto the morning.
Commandment # 9 The first of the firstfruits of thy land thou shalt bring unto the house of the Lord thy God.
Commandment # 10 Thou shalt not seethe a kid in his mother’s milk. And after these things Yahweh said this: Ex 34:27 And the LORD said unto Moses, Write thou these words: for after the tenor of these words I have made a covenant with thee and with Israel.

So the Israelites worshiped Yahweh like the Egyptians worshipped their gods: Egypts-Golden-Calf Am I saying there are more than 10 commandments? More than just the main example 10? What I am saying is that there are 613 commandments, but not all of them apply to all of us. None of us are temple priests, not all of us are women, not all of us are men, etc. 10 of them are mentioned twice as related specifically to the covenant with Israel. So we are to follow the ones that apply to us. But these 10 commandments are the RENEWED covenant’s 10 commandments. I am certain that when Yeshua returns, He will enlighten us with the True calendar of appointed times and teach us the commandments Himself just like Moses did for the Israelites. And we should start to see a picture in Revelation of Israelites waking up as the Bridegroom draws near. It is a fulfillment of prophecy:

De 18:15 ¶ The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken;

And this is one of the many reason we are almost certain that Moses is in part one of the 2 witnesses. We also see in Jude, that Moses was never buried and in Mathew that he is in the same “state” as Elijah:

Jude 1:9 Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.

Mt 17:3 And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him.

There is also another form of “2 witnesses” to be explained because Israel was divided into 2 houses, Israel and Judah:

Heb 8:8 For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah:

So the 12 tribes in Revelation also represent 2 witnesses. Judah represents itself plus Levi and Benjamin. Israel represents all the rest. Together, we are all waking up to the commandments of the Torah and the faith of Messiah which is fulfilling this part of Revelation’s prophecy. And this is what learned disciples should be doing; Going out looking for the lost sheep of the house of Israel, JUST LIKE Jesus Himself commanded us to do:

Mt 10:6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Mt 15:24 But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

Indeed what we are called to do looks very little like Sunday churches in America. Almost 100 % of churches in America are asleep while this book of Revelation unfolds before their very eyes. That is why this website exists. To wake up the sleeping virgins and give them a heart on fire, and to tell them to get their oil for lamps while they still have time. Which brings us to chapter 8 and the opening of the 7th seal, after which there was half an hour of silence. And here, I really have no idea what this silence is. It could be fulfillment of prophecy

Isa 47:5 Sit thou silent, and get thee into darkness, O daughter of the Chaldeans: for thou shalt no more be called, The lady of kingdoms.

Or this Scripture that is right before Yahweh rebuked Satan

Zec 2:13 Be silent, O all flesh, before the LORD: for he is raised up out of his holy habitation.

It is also quite possible that just like the first Exodus, Yahweh will fight our fight for us, we only need to be silent

Ex 14:13 And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever. The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.

We see also this silence is foreshadowed in Joshua chapter 6 the way that Jericho was a shadow of Babylon and the 7 seals of revelation that culminate with another 7. But after this silence we see something that almost none of us understand. That’s because you have to know the first 5 books of the Bible in order to see the connection. Specifically Leviticus 16: atonement-trumpets This is a clear picture of the Day of Atonement, which as we already have shown to be fulfilled sometime in the future (because it hasn’t happened yet) on the 10th day of the 7th month. This is the place in Revelation where devastation goes off the charts. We have Wormwood (which could be an asteroid or planet), hailfire (comets), and all of these nasty events as the 7 trumpets are blown on the feast of trumpets on the 1st day of the 7th month.

Re 8:13 And I beheld, and heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, Woe, woe, woe, to the inhabiters of the earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpet of the three angels, which are yet to sound!

The day of trumpets at the sighting of the new moon is the most discussed appointed time in all of Scripture, it’s just not all in one place. It’s discussed more than even Passover, but our western, pagan traditional minds don’t recognize it. In chapters 9-10 we have even more woes. It’s not going to be pretty. But in Chapter 11 we start to get some of the “good news” of this Gospel of Yeshua.

Re 11:7 And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them. And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.

The bottomless pit opens up and what comes out kills the 2 witnesses (in Jerusalem) for all the world to see on mobile devices. And their resurrection also will be seen by all. Revelation 12-18 is the tribulation of both the saints and the mystery Babylon. It is the persecution and war against the saints of Yahweh that the armies of the nations of one world religion bring against His saints. In chapter 19 we see that Yahweh’s army and the enemy’s army mount up against each other. And we see the second title in the book of Revelation that is all capitals. KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS. The first title is MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. Who is this mystery Babylon? babylonEU45052549_orig There is another title in the Bible that is all capitals. It is “the LORD”. Every single time we see LORD in all capitals, it is a translation of the 4-letter word for the Name “Yahweh”. In chapter 20-22, we see Satan bound for a thousand years on Earth and some of us will be ruling with Yeshua, we will be judging with Him in His new Jerusalem where His name is. Will that be in heaven or on Earth? Personally, I don’t think it matters as long as we make it this far. The End, or the beginning? I see it as both. These last 2 chapters tell us what it looks like to go back to the garden to a sinless state with access to the Tree of Life (Yeshua/ Torah). For more details, you can start with the high-level outline of the book of Revelation http://homegroups.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Revolation_Outline.pdf

But remember this passage:

1Th 5:1 ¶ But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. or when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.

If anyone reading this is sitting under a pastor who teaches that this is all going to happen as a thief in the night, they are a lukewarm Christian who is not watching over their congregation as they should, following the Bible as they should. They are like the Israelites described in Jeremiah 16:

Jer 6:16 Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein. Also I set watchmen over you, saying, Hearken to the sound of the trumpet. But they said, We will not hearken.

They don’t understand because either they don’t want to, or because they have never heard these Truths. OR, they’re not servants of the Lord:

Amos 3:7 says, “Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.”

Indeed, this is not an easy task:

Lu 14:26 If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.

Understanding the relationship to the Exodus is very important for another reason too.

Re 18:4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.

The plagues of Revelation are directly tied to the plagues of Egypt, of which both Babylon and Rome are a before-and-after picture-type.

We must try to understand the “mysteries” of the “new testament” by FIRST understanding the front of the Book, which defines our vocabularies and dictionaries and enables us through the Spirit for understanding the last book. Doing so will show you quite clearly how far off our understanding is. I hope this helps.

Where did the Sabbath go?

Indeed, the Body of Messiah is universal, or “catholic”. So Protestants should not be anti-Catholic anymore than we should be anti-Semitic as were the “church fathers”. From both sides of the equasion we should not throw the baby out with the bathwater. But let us not also hang on to any of the dirty water of either of these positions (Hellenizers and Judaizers, or even the “church fathers” or the popes).
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After you have read the evidence of where the Sabbath went, visit here http://homegroups.org/national-sabbath/

In “The Faith of Our Fathers”, written in 1876, it is clearly stated by archbishop Gibbons who writes, “Third–A rule of faith, or a competent guide to heave, must be able to instruct in all the truths necessary for salvation. Now the Scriptures alone do not contain all the truths which a Christian is bound to believe, nor do they explicitly enjoin all the duties which he is obliged to practice. Not to mention other examples, is not every Christian obliged to sanctify Sunday and to abstain on that day from unnecessary servile work? Is not the observance of this law among the most prominent of our sacred duties? But you may read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, and you will not find a single line authorizing the sanctification of Sunday. The Scriptures enforce the religious observance of Saturday, a day which we never sanctify.”

Also, “We often hear the shibboleth: “The Bible, and the Bible only, must be your guide.” Why, then, do you go to the useless expense of building fine churches and Sabbath-schools? What is the use of your preaching sermons and catechizing the young, if the Bible at home is a sufficient guide for your people? The fact is, you reverend gentlemen contradict in practice what you so vehemently advance in theory. Do not tell me that the Bible is all-sufficient; or, if you believe it is self-sufficient, cease your instructions. Stand not between the people and the Scriptures.”

See here http://www.cathcorn.org/foof/8.html

He also said “About the year 190 the question regarding the proper day for celebrating Easter was agitated in the East, and referred to Pope St. Victor I. The Eastern Church generally celebrated Easter on the day on which the Jews kept the Passover, while in the West it was observed then, as it is now, on the first Sunday after the full moon of the vernal equinox. St. Victor directs the Eastern churches, for the sake of uniformity, to conform to the practice of the West, and his instructions are universally followed.”

“The first General Council was held in Nicea, in 325; the second, in Constantinople, 381; the third, in Ephesus, in 431; the fourth, in Chalcedon, in 451; the fifth, in Constantinople, in 553; the sixth in the same city, in 680; the seventh, in Nicea, in 787, and the eighth, in Constantinople, in 869.”

“But the Priest, like Moses, stands before God to intercede for His people, and before the people to advocate the cause of God. He not only ascends daily the altar to plead for the people and to cry out with the prophet, “Spare, O Lord, spare Thy people, and give not Thy inheritance to reproach;” but every Sunday he mounts the pulpit to vindicate the claims which God has on His subjects”

See http://www.cathcorn.org/foof/29.html

Of course from the Bible we see this is a false idea to say that priests now sit in the seat of Moses. We read in Acts that the straight line went from Moses to Yeshua:

Ac 7:37 This is that Moses, which said unto the children of Israel, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear.

And it is definitely not easy to find any information from the cardinals and bishops stating themselves that they indeed changed the day to Sunday, Although you can find plenty of hearsay on the matter. One such documentable place is the Catholic Virginian, October 3, 1947, p. 9, article “To Tell You the Truth” which states,

“For example, nowhere in the Bible do we find that Christ or the Apostles ordered that the Sabbath be changed from Saturday to Sunday. We have the commandment of God given to Moses to keep holy the Sabbath day, that is the 7th day of the week, Saturday. Today most Christians keep Sunday because it has been revealed to us by the [Roman Catholic] church outside the Bible.”

Another is on February 6, 1890 from Father Enright in the American Sentinal who said,

“It was the holy Catholic Church that changed the day of rest to Sunday, the first day of the week. And it not only compelled all to keep Sunday, but at the Council of Láodicea, A. D. 364, anathematized those who kept the Sabbath and urged all persons to labor on the seventh day under the penalty of anathema.”

See the article here

Father Enright Quote, 1889
Father Enright Quote, 1889

Indeed there is also a letter from Peter Tramer, Editor of the Catholic Extension magazine in 1934, which you can see here:

1934 admission
1934 admission

Consider the writing of The Quartodeciman Schism  by Eusebius Pamphilus around the year 314, Bishop of Cæsarea in Palestine which says regarding Sabbath and Passover (the word easter is NOT in the Bible), “We observe the exact day; neither adding, nor taking away. For in Asia also great lights have fallen asleep, which shall rise again on the day of the Lord’s coming, when he shall come with glory from heaven, and shall seek out all the saints. Among these are Philip, one of the twelve apostles, who fell asleep in Hierapolis; and his two aged virgin daughters, and another daughter, who lived in the Holy Spirit and now rests at Ephesus; and, moreover, John,who was both a witness and a teacher, who reclined upon the bosom of the Lord, and, being a priest, wore the sacerdotal plate.  ”

“Among them was Irenæus, who, sending letters in the name of the brethren in Gaul over whom he presided, maintained that the mystery of the resurrection of the Lord should be observed only on the Lord’s day. He fittingly admonishes Victor that he should not cut off whole churches of God which observed the tradition of an ancient custom and after many other words he proceeds as follows: “For the controversy is not only concerning the day, but also concerning the very manner of the fast. For some think that they should fast one day, others two, yet others more; some, moreover, count their day as consisting of forty hours day and night. [Alternate translation: For some think that they should fast one day, others two, yet others more, and some forty; and they count the hours of the day and night together as their day.] “

See http://www.voskrese.info/spl/HE5_23.html

And take this into consideration, “The week consists of seven days,   and the eighth day is the same as the first, to which it returns, and of which the week begins again. The gentiles gave to these [days]   names from the planets, believing  that from the sun they themselves had a spirit, from the moon a body, from Mars blood, from Mercury mind and speech,from Jupiter moderation, from Venus sensual desire, latin] from Saturn slowness [of movement]. But the holy Sylvester ordered that they be called feriae (calling the first “Lord’s day”), imitating the Hebrews, who [named them] the “first from the Sabbath,” the “second from the Sabbath,” and SO the rest by number.”

We can SAY we don’t understand or agree with this information, but it does not erase it from existence simply because any of us (including 99% of American church leadership) are ignorant of it. That is not an arrogant or mean statement. It is simply fact. The fact that some don’t know about it has zero effect on the veracity of the information. Neither does our availability or desire to search out Truth define Truth. It is absolute.

We read from the catholics themselves why they changed Sunday:

“The Church commands us to keep the Sunday holy instead of the Sabbath because on Sunday Christ rose from the dead, and on Sunday He sent the Holy Ghost upon the Apostles. We keep Sunday instead of Saturday also to teach that the Old Law is not now binding upon us, but that we must keep the New Law, which takes its place.

See here, number 353 http://catholic.net/index.php?option=dedestaca&id=3413&grupo=Church%20Teaching%20QA&canal=Catholicism%20101

Let us also look at a copy of “The Convert’s Catechism”:

Catholic Catechism
Catholic Catechism

Take for example the book “Sabbath and Sunday” written in 1977.

http://biblelight.net/Sabbath%20and%20Sunday%20-%20Odom.pdf

Take also a book written I believe in 1893 called “Rome’s Challenge” which states: “Most Christians assume that Sunday ¡s the biblically approved day of worship. The Roman Catholic Church protests that ¡t transferred Christian worship from the biblical Sabbath (Saturday) to Sunday, and that to try to argue that the change was made in the Bible is both dishonest and a denial of Catholic authority, If Protestantism wants to base its teachings only on the Bible, ¡t should worship on Saturday.”

See here https://books.google.com/books…

Concerning the councils of Trent and Nicea, notice this peculiar piece of info:

“Aside from the decrees, which were published almost immediately, virtually all the background materials — records of the debates in the council, diaries, correspondence, etc. — were inaccessible until 1880 when the Vatican archives were opened. Even so, it took scholars from 1901 until 2001, a full century, to piece them together, edit them and finally begin publishing them.” See here http://www.huffingtonpost.com/…/the-council-of-trent-450-ye…

Those who had been brought up in the ancient order of things [i.e., converted Jews] have come to the possession of a new hope, no longer observing the Sabbath but living in observance of the Lord’s day. (Magnesians 9, c. A.D. 110)

Entire books have been written trying to propagate that it was Constantine who changed the Sabbath to Sunday, but anyone familiar with early Christian history knows that there is abundant and unanimous testimony that Christians met on Sunday, not Saturday, and that they did not require physical rest on any day. But that contradicts the Bible. Just because there were Judaizers and Hellenizers in the first century doesn’t mean that God or Jesus or Apostles ever changed anything about the Sabbath. We know that because the Bible teaches to the contrary.

Also, Constantine’s officially changing of days of worship is WELL documented. Many falsely teach that everyone before Constantine was worshipping correctly on the Sabbath and Passover but we see even in the ministry days of Apostles false teachers crept in from the very beginning.

See  http://www.ccel.org/s/schaff/history/About.htm

Current Catholic law says the following about Holy days:

2175  Sunday is expressly distinguished from the sabbath which it follows chronologically every week; for Christians its ceremonial observance replaces that of the sabbath. In Christ’s Passover, Sunday fulfills the spiritual truth of the Jewish sabbath and announces man’s eternal rest in God. For worship under the Law prepared for the mystery of Christ, and what was done there prefigured some aspects of Christ:

In addition to Sunday, the days to be observed as holy days of obligation in the Latin Rite dioceses of the United States of America, in conformity with canon 1246, are as follows:

January 1, the solemnity of Mary, Mother of God Thursday of the Sixth Week of Easter, the solemnity of the Ascension August 15, the solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary November 1, the solemnity of All Saints December 8, the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception December 25, the solemnity of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ

See http://www.usccb.org/…/c…/complementary-norms/canon-1246.cfm

Also http://www.usccb.org/…/catechism-of-the-cat…/epub/index.cfm…

We read in the pronta biblioteca that the papacy insists that it has the authority to change God’s laws, see here:

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You can read it for yourself here, if you can read Latin https://books.google.com/books?id=2vM1AQAAMAAJ&dq=editions:M811TRsYrqsC&pg=PT907&hl=en#v=onepage&q&f=false

Where we really begin to start having issues is the fact that “the Lord’s day ” Biblically is NOT on Sunday, because Jesus was raised up by the Father on the true sabbath. Another piece here that is incorrect is the mistranslation “first day of the week”. The Textus Receptus says, “mia sabbaton” which is literally “the first Sabbath”, meaning the first Sabbath after Passover Just like the Pentateuch/ Torah commands us to observe. Showing us once again like always that Paul observed every Sabbath and every feast, festival and sacrifice. See Lu 6 to understand how Sabbaths were counted:

“And it came to pass on the second sabbath after the first, that he went through the corn fields; and his disciples plucked the ears of corn, and did eat, rubbing them in their hands.”

We find ourselves caught between the Judaizers and Hellenizers in the search for Truth. Both took the Lord’s name in vain and heaped up doctrines of their own ideas, CONTRARY to the Word of God, as far as the east is from the west; as far as the first day is from the seventh.

Because it is not only the Sabbath that was tainted but all of the feasts of the Lord were replaced with Easter and Christmas. It was for this reason and many other “christians” protested the catholic church in what we call the “Protestant Reformation”.

See the following article at WND, the oldest Christian news outlet.

“Despite the assumptions of many, Christmas was not a widespread holiday in much of colonial America,” says Kovacs. “Shocking as it sounds, followers of Jesus Christ in both America and England helped pass laws making it illegal to observe Christmas.” Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2008/11/81144/#FwoCyGjYiFiI7jIl.99

It is a well-documented fact that Christians did not observe Christmas in America until 1820 because they were and still are Pagan holidays. They therefore made it illegal.

In England, the ban on the holiday was lifted in 1660, when Charles II took over the throne. However, the Puritan presence remained in New England and Christmas did not become a legal holiday there until 1856. Even then, some schools continued to hold classes on December 25 until 1870.

One thing in all of this is absolutely certain and without question; namely that nowhere in the Bible is there ANY mention that we should stop observing the Lord’s Sabbaths (including the weekly Sabbath), or that we should begin to observe Easter (named for the goddess Ishtar), Christmas (which is actually the adversaries birthday) or any other holiday whether catholic or protestant.

Judaizers in no way were out to get rid of the first 5 books of the Bible, they were trying to keep the Oral Traditions of Judaism alive, just as Christianity today has become inundated with oral traditions of men. The enemy wasted no time trying to make up for the surprise attack on him.

It is important to note that the Greek word for week is missing from the entire “new testament”. The idea of “week” for the Jews of the time was a “between the weekly Sabbath” or “until the next Sabbath”. Which is why the word in every instance is “sabbatwn“. For example. In Acts 13:42 we read about the crowd wanting to have the Apostles stay with them for a week when they said “μεταξὺ σάββατον”, or “between Sabbaths”. The gentiles would not be expecting to come “back to” the Synagogue on the next Shabbat. Why wouldn’t the Greek word for “week” be used? ebdomé (ebdomh) =  week. See also:

  • ebdomaios (ebdomaioV) = 7th day
  • ebdomos (ebdomoV)= 7th
  • epta (epta)= 7

None of these words are used, because every instance in the scripture in this regard is referring to a Shabbat of some sort. In conclusion, even if every single piece of evidence I provided for the Shabbat being ignored and instead worshipping/ gathering on SUNday, it does not alter the fact that those of us who believe in the Bible only, there is NO other day that we are to set apart other than that which has ALWAYS been commanded to set apart.

Concerning the AntiChrist, Daniel prophesied the following about him:

Da 7:25 And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time. I would think twice about following the changing of times and laws concerning the Bible.

Take notice that John Wesley, one of the great reformers wrote in his Explanitory notes on the New Testament wrote regarding Revelation 17:5, “This very word (MYSTERY) was inscribed on the front of the Pope’s mitre, till some of the Reformers took public notice of it”

See here: https://books.google.com/books?id=LVgHAAAAQAAJ&pg=PA429&lpg=PA429&dq=%22This+very+word+was+inscribed+on+the+front+of+the+Pope’s+mitre,+till+some+of+the+Reformers+took+public+notice+of+it%22&source=bl&ots=76Eqi1qumB&sig=zVM54H2k07CoY6szYU2qc0Pt4po&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0CCQQ6AEwAWoVChMIsYngl4fRxgIVC1uICh0hLg1s#v=onepage&q=%22This%20very%20word%20was%20inscribed%20on%20the%20front%20of%20the%20Pope’s%20mitre%2C%20till%20some%20of%20the%20Reformers%20took%20public%20notice%20of%20it%22&f=false

It is easy to see that the Roman Catholic Church will not allow anyone to promote the Sabbath, at ALL cost http://www.reformation.org/oath.html

Almost There, but not quite

Yesterday I saw a brief writing by a very smart man; my father-in-law. A man who I love and respect without measure. I am thankful for the opportunity to use his wisdom as a foundation for clarifying a few very common misconceptions in religion today. I will post his article in quotes and build on what he has already expounded and clarify some of the gems of Scripture that are missing from his writing, and more importantly churches in America. He starts out with an analogy:

Have you ever found yourself in violation of or in conflict with a city ordinance? An ordinance is any law, regulation or directive put in place by a municipality for compliance by both government officials and citizens. An ordinance can cover anything from using parking meters to wearing seat belts to hiring practices for city contracts to posted speed limits. Ordinances are enacted for the public welfare. Those who live in compliance with local ordinances are considered good citizens.

Ordinances were and are part of God’s kingdom with both Israel and the Church. In the Old Testament, the word “ordinance” is the Hebrew choq, meaning “statute, limit, something prescribed.” In the KJV, it is variously translated, the most common being “statute” (87x). Its first usage is Exodus 18:20: “And thou shalt teach them ordinances and laws, and shalt shew them the way wherein they must walk, and the work that they must do.” These were the words of Moses’ father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian, which he spoke to Moses regarding his leadership of Israel.

The Mosaic Law is an amalgam of ordinances, consisting of the Ten Commandments, the Passover and prescribed sacrifices, Sabbath days, feast days, festivals et al. The Lord directed Israel, custodians of that Law, as follows: “Ye shall do my judgments, and keep mine ordinances, to walk therein: I am the LORD your God” (Leviticus 18:4). These ordinances applied as well to divine service rendered in the Tabernacle (Hebrews 9:1). They were also “carnal” ordinances (Hebrews 9:10), which means they were fleshly, earthly, natural as opposed to supernatural.

It was the Lord’s sovereign prerogative as Israel’s Redeemer to demand compliance to his ordinances. When Israel was in compliance, they experienced God’s blessing and protection. When they deviated from and forsook the ordinances, God brought his chastening hand. Every OT prophet brought stern and often cataclysmic messages for a non-compliant Israel. God’s last prophet delivered these words: “Even from the days of your fathers ye have gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them. Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the Lord of hosts” (Malachi 3:7).

 

His example here about “city ordinances” is great. However, what he failed to mention is that when you break these ordinaces, you get a “ticket”, a written decree of the breaking of ordinances. The importance of failing to understand and mention that is of dire consequence, because that is what was nailed to the cross, NOT the law. As a result of this misunderstanding, 99% of denominational institutions (religions of doctrines of men) are leading believers away from the eternal Law of God.

For example, if someone was to get a ticket for breaking the law and there was someone who wanted to pay the penalty on behalf of the person breaking the law, you would not go to the state capital and make it legal to speed. You would not “abolish the law” you would go pay the ticket for that person. Or you would go to serve the jail sentence for the person on their behalf. This example aligns with the Bible much more than the example provided in the article. Yeshua paid our penalty for breaking the Law, He did NOT abolish the Law.

It is also misunderstood that there is a difference between Israel and the Church, which there is not. Part of the reason for this misunderstanding is that most people think that the “new testament” is not in the “old testament”.They also preach that the “Church” is not in the old testament which makes it a “mystery”. Nothing could be further from the Truth. The word “testament” means Covenant. Let’s take a brief look at what Ezekiel and Jeremiah have to say about the renewed Covenant, because there is no such thing as a new testament, or a new Covenant, other than the fact that it is now eternal and written on our hearts:

Concerning the parable of the 2 sticks (Judah and Ephraim, each representing all the companions [tribes] of Israel) becoming one in Ezekiel 37 we read the following prophecy about the Church, Israel: Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them: and I will place them, and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore. My tabernacle also shall be with them: yea, I will be their God, and they shall be my people. And the heathen shall know that I the LORD do sanctify Israel, when my sanctuary shall be in the midst of them for evermore.

So this is the same covenant, with the same Israel, but there is something different about it. It is renewed to an eternal type of Covenant, written on our hearts. The 2 houses become one house of Israel (v.22) just as foretold in Jeremiah 31:

Jer 31:33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.

And the response to this Covenant (repenting, changing from our prior ways through faith and trust of Yeshua) is anything BUT carnal in at least some sense, although certainly there is a carnal (limited to 4 dimensions of time and space) implication to the Ten Commandments, the Passover and prescribed sacrifices, Sabbath days, feast days, festivals et al. I may go more into detail on what parts of this response after salvation should look like later. Obedience is certainly part of the equsion but we have to understand which parts we are able to obey. Moving on…

No matter how bad things got on a national level, there was always a fellowship of the compliant. Four hundred years after Malachi concluded OT prophecy, Luke said this about Zacharias and Elizabeth, the parents of John the Baptist: “They were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless” (Luke 1:6). Elizabeth was the cousin of Mary, who would bear Jesus the Christ. It’s safe to say that Mary and Joseph were in that compliant fellowship as well. It’s not within the scope of this article to discuss parenthood. But suffice it to say that parents who desire for their children to walk in God’s paths must first walk aright themselves. Zacharias, Elizabeth, Mary and Joseph were justified by faith as was Abraham. God imputed righteousness to them in response to faith. Compliance to God’s ordinances was an outgrowth of that faith.

This distinction is critical because the Mosaic Law could bestow neither forgiveness nor life (Galatians 3:21). Even if we assume that the natural man could one day achieve perfect compliance to the Law, he would still be spiritually dead and in need of forgiveness for sins past. The Law was our schoolmaster, to bring us to Christ (Galatians 3:24-25). Its divine design is to expose our spiritual destitution, prompt us to look outside ourselves, come to Jesus Christ by faith with empty hands and trust the Lord to save us. This is the lawful use of the Law (1 Timothy 1:8). The Law is holy, just and good (Romans 7:12).

Jesus came into this world to fulfill the Law. He lived a life of perfect righteousness and compliance to every ordinance. As the God-Man, he went to the Cross as the perfect satisfaction (propitiation) for our sins. In Ephesians 2:15, the apostle Paul wrote: “Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances, for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace.” The word “ordinances” is the Greek dogma (Eng. ‘dogma’, a degree, doctrine, judgment). The ‘dogma’ of the Law was abolished by Jesus in the process of bringing Jew and Gentile into one body. The verb “having abolished” is an aorist active participle of katargeo, meaning “to render useless, to cause a person or thing to have no further efficacy, abolish”). Literal translation: “One having rendered the Law useless.”

We must understand as believers, that we are Israelites BEFORE we are Americans. The Nation to which our citizenship and allegiance is to has to first be God’s Kingdom before our Republic (whose laws were based on the Spiritual and inalienable laws of Yahova). Which is, just as our laws are carnal and Spiritual, so is our citizenship. Abolishing “the enmity of the law of commandments contained in ordinances” is not the same thing as abolishing God’s eternal law. That is a big difference between Truth and what we teach and preach and a big deal because as teachers we are accountable. Let us consider some things that Yeshua said:

Mt 5:19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

Mt 5:17 ¶ Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.

Mt 10:34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.

Joh 5:45 Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuseth you, even Moses, in whom ye trust.

2Th 1:8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:

He is absolutely correct, the judgement of breaking the law was rendered obsolete. Because the penalty for sin is now paid in full by our husband. That’s why Paul said “there is now therefore no condemnation.” But what makes us righteous has never changed except for the fact that the righteousness in now imputed by faith because obeying the Law was never intended to CAUSE righteousness, it was simply COUNTED as righteousness. Continuing…

 

The theme of the epistle to the Colossians is the total sufficiency of Christ for the believer. As Paul traveled throughout Asia Minor, he constantly encountered Judaizers, some of whom followed him from city to city, who sought to ill-affect the minds of believers regarding salvation. Their contention was that the Law was still binding, that faith in Jesus was not enough for a righteous standing before God. While Paul encountered these loyalists to Moses in nearly every place, he took the occasion of writing to the Colossians to address the problem directly with inspired text.

Again he is correct in regard to the sufficiency of Messiah, because He first loved us we follow His commands in obedience. What most do not understand is the idea of “Judaizers”. Judaism was equally as corrupted in that day as “christianity” has become today. Jews didn’t simply obey the Law of Moses. They had scores of teachings of men just as we have become inundated with books and teachings of men. The law of Moses does not say to circumcise grown men, it says to circumcise male children on the 8th day. That had nothing to do with whether or not faith in Yeshua was sufficient for salvation since circumcisions was always meant to be of the heart (Dt 10:16, 30:6, Jer 4:4). But Jesus didn’t come die so that we could live however we want and worship on whatever day in whatever way we want and still have eternal Covenant.

And here is where we MUST be careful.

Mt 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?  And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

Let us define iniquity- from 459; illegality, i.e. violation of law or (genitive case) wickedness:–iniquity, X transgress(-ion of) the law, unrighteousness;

(Ro 3:20, 5:13) Transgression of the law. Because we know that sin is transgression of the law.

1Jo 3:4 ¶ Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

Therefore if the law was abolished, there is no more sin.

1Jo 3:23 ¶ And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment. And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.

Continuing:

 

In Colossians 2:16, we find some clues about what the Judaizers thought were essential ordinances that believers at Colosse were NOT observing (ordinances concerning food, drink, holy days, new moons and sabbaths). An alarming trend in Christendom today is a renewed compliance to Torah ordinances by some as an expression of righteousness. It’s Colosse all over again. God nailed every OT ordinance to the Cross of Jesus Christ, including sabbaths (2:14). The trio of verbs is instructive. “Took it out of the way” is a perfect tense, indicating permanent results. It’s modified by two past participles: “Having blotted out (erased) the handwriting of ordinances” and (2) “having nailed it to his cross.” Notice the “it” is singular. The “it” represents the totality of Mosaic Law as one unit. Paul said all the ordinances as outlined in the Torah are a “shadow” or mere shade (2:17). Spiritual nourishment and increase come as a result of “holding the Head” (2:19), NOT the shadow. There is neither spiritual substance nor sustenance to be found in Torah shadows. Paul NEVER intended a co-mingling of Christ and shadows.

This misunderstanding of these verses is also of dire consequence that is mostly due to the terrible translation in verse 16:

Μὴ οὖν τις ὑμᾶς κρινέτω ἐν βρώσει ἢ ἐν πόσει ἢ ἐν μέρει ἑορτῆς ἢ νουμηνίας ἢ σαββάτων

The more correct translation here (which makes sense because of the Asetic teachers that Paul was speaking against who said “touch not, taste not etc.”) is “Therefore let no one judge you in eating and drinking whether in part (or partaking/ sharing) of a feast or a new moon or Sabbath”. The conjuctions of 3 eta’s with Kai is the key. Next we can discuss verse 13:

Col 2:13 ¶ And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; 14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;

 

Let us look at what it was that was nailed to the cross, and in order to do so we must go to the place where few people read- the front of the book. Specifically Numbers 5:11-31. The small amount of people in America who even know about this chapter will be further evidence of our problem in the Christian religion in America.

We need this to understand what Yeshua was referring to when He said, “take this cup from me”, and “are you able to drink from the same cup as me?” It was the cup of judgment against the law of jealousies.

Jer 3:8 And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also.

 

In Colossians 2:20, Paul asks a rhetorical question: “Why are you subject to ordinances when you died with Christ and to everything God nailed to his Cross?” This is the relevant question for every person who tries to make Torah compliance ancillary to Christ. The believer is “complete” in Christ (2:10), his head. This was Paul’s whole purpose in writing this epistle. Interpreting the judgment of 2:16 as proof that the Colossian believers were being criticized for observing shadows is a total misread of the verse in its context. The Colossians, in accordance with Paul’s teaching, left the shadow (Torah) on the Cross, where God nailed it. Judaizers criticized them for it. Why then resurrect what God erased in Christ, and call it righteousness? Being subject to Christ and subject to ordinances (shadows) at the same time is spiritual duplicity and a departure from apostolic docrine. What is a Torah follower expecting to get from a shadow that he cannot get from Christ?

One more verse needs clarification. In 1 Corinthians 11:2, Paul wrote: “Now I praise you, brethren, that ye remember me in all things, and keep the ordinances, as I delivered them to you.” “Ordinances” here is the Greek paradosis (a giving over, tradition handed over from one person to another, either orally or in writing). What were these ordinances delivered by Paul? In comparing scripture with scripture, we can conclude with certainty that NONE of them pertained to the Torah. They probably included water baptism by immersion, the Lord’s Supper (11:23-31), use of spiritual gifts (12:1-31) and the gathering of offerings on the first day of the week, the post-Pentecostal standard for Church worship (16:1-2).

Indeed, the word paradosis refers to the precepts of Paul’s that he shared previously at some point in time. In other words he is saying “keep doing what I told you to do”. However, we cannot conclude with certainty what he said to them other than what Paul did and wrote down. And EVERYTHING Paul said and did was completely in line with Torah. Another piece here that is incorrect is the mistranslation “first day of the week”. The Textus Receptus says, “kata mian sabbatwn” which is literally “the first Sabbath”, meaning the first Sabbath after Pasover Just like the Torah commands us to observe. Showing us once again like always that Paul observed every Sabbath and every feast, festival and sacrifice. See Lu 6:1 –

“And it came to pass on the second sabbath after the first, that he went through the corn fields; and his disciples plucked the ears of corn, and did eat, rubbing them in their hands.”

For another example, We read in Acts chapter 21 that the Pharisees accused the Apostles of teaching against the law of Moses, the Torah. Therefore they took a Nazarite vow, shaved their heads to prove to everyone that they did indeed follow the WHOLE LAW of Moses:

Ac 21:24 Them take, and purify thyself with them, and be at charges with them, that they may shave their heads: and all may know that those things, whereof they were informed concerning thee, are nothing; but that thou thyself also walkest orderly, and keepest the law.

To say that we know for certain it had nothing to do with Torah/ the Pentateuch is almost beyond comprehension for me. Why don’t we just throw the entire “old testament” in the garbage since it is “abolished”?

Moving on:

One false doctrine floating around out there is Replacement Theology, which teaches that the Church inherited from Israel all its privileges because of its rejection of Christ. This may or may not be a factor in worship driven by the Torah. That doctrine is false on its face. God has two distinct programs: Israel and the Church. When the Church Age ends with Christ catching away his Church, his program with Israel will resume (Daniel’s Seveneth Week). One of God’s major purposes for the Great Tribulation will be to draw Israel to himself in advance of his kingdom on earth. Failure to make this distinction between Israel and the Church opens the door to all manner of biblical error.

Indeed, replacement theology is a doctrine of man not found anywhere in the Bible. Neither is anything about “two distinct programs for Israel and the Church”. Israel and the Church are synonymous, they are the SAME. The Bible is quite clear on this. And so is Yeshua:

Mt 15:24 But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

Period. Yeshua told us who He came for. The house of Israel IS the Church that anyone can be a part of- grafted in to the ovlive tree.

Heb 8:8 Reminds us of this fact.  “For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah”. It is also very important to understand that Hebrews is a very difficult to understand writing if you do not understand that Hebrews is written about the Levitical priesthood obligations and ordinances that are indeed no longer necessary because Yeshua is our new high priest of the order of Melchizedech. It explains why for 40 years after the Messiah fulfilled the Passover feast (until the destruction of the temple) the crimson thread never turned white again according to rabbinic history. Because the Messiah was the once for all sacrifice (Heb 10:10). Almost done…

For the believer who thinks they’re really on to something with compliance to Torah ordinances, including worship on the Sabbath, they MUST be prepared to answer Paul’s query: Why are you subject to the ordinances that God nailed to the Cross? Again, what does a believer expect to get from a shadow that he cannot get from Christ?

To this I say, these shadows are of THINGS TO COME. Pictures of the future return of the Messiah. He fulfilled the spring feasts during His first Advent and He is coming to fulfil the fall feasts soon. No one who has returned to Torah pursuance with the faith of Yeshua thinks they are on to “something new”. This has ALWAYS been the patience of the saints since the first Advent to the 2nd advent. The newness of revelation is that we are teaching false information from the pulpits of almost every pulpit in America. Keep in mind the 144 thousand of revelation:

Re 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

Are there any pastors reading this who know that the 144 thousand in Revelation is not the first mention of 144 thousand? Let us consider the following:

1Ch 25:7 So the number of them, with their brethren that were instructed in the songs of the LORD, even all that were cunning, was two hundred fourscore and eight.

Also I say, “KEEP READING” Collosians 2 past the parenthetic. It is not talking about the ordinances that are nailed to the cross, it is talking about Judaism’s ordinances of men that didn’t come from the law of Moses.

Col 2:0 Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, (Touch not; taste not; handle not; Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?

 So I leave the readers with my own question. Is your heart right? Now that you have read these truths, will you share it with others even if it disagrees with your “church” doctrines? Will you bring it to your pastor and ask him why he doesn’t teach this from the pulpit? Will you deny all and take up your cross for the sake of Truth at all cost? Will you allow yourself to be ostracized by the Nicolaitan church while trying to wake them up to their apostasy?

If you love them, you will tell them the truth, because spiritual leaders are held double accountable. I leave the reader with a previously-shared scripture:

Mt 5:18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Thanks Dad, you are an awesome writer. For information about what I believe the Bible says we are supposed to be doing as we wait for His return, see this page http://homegroups.org/vision/ .

To the readers; there is plenty more to write about that 99% of “churches” not only do not understand, but information is actually preached that is false information instead of Truth. I hope to have more free time in the near future to write about it. And there are obviously things I don’t know yet because we are all in a world where we “know in part until that which is perfect is come”. The Word is alive and powerful. If we have a static set of beliefs that is unchangeable we are not fertile to grow. Confirmation Bias is the church’s worst enemy.

Are we prepared to be a remnant?