Sunday, January 31, 2021

Will Israel rebuild the temple in Jerusalem now that it's the capital again?


"Will Israel rebuild the temple in Jerusalem now that it's the capital again?"

My answer won’t be what you expect.

As I read the Bible in both Greek and Hebrew, I see strong evidence for sacrifices or offerings starting again, but I see no Third Temple until after the Messiah arrives.

Let’s analyze the Hebrew and Greek words used in key passages to determine what we will see.

Beit is the Hebrew word for house or temple. Prophetically the Temple is referred to as the Lebanon because of the cedar wood needed to build it. In key Bible passages the Hebrew word Heikhal, which could mean tent, wedding chuppah (covering), or palace.

Sound of tumult from the Ir, a sound from the Heikhal [most mistranslations use Temple], a sound of Hashem that rendereth gemul (retribution) to His enemies. Isaiah 66:6 (OJB)

Hineni, I will send malachi, and he shall prepare the Derech before me: and HaAdon (the L-rd [Moshiach] Zech 4:14), whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to His Heikhal [most mistranslations use Temple], even the Malach HaBrit, in whom ye have chafetz (delight): hinei, He is coming, saith Hashem Tzva’os. Malachi 3:1 (OJB)

And speak unto him, saying, Thus saith Hashem Tzva’os: Hinei Ish, TZEMACH Shmo ; [Yehoshua is said to be the namesake of the coming Moshiach Ben Dovid; see Ezra 3:8 for the Aramaic translation of Yehoshua’s name, Yeshua; see Jer 23:5; 30:9; 33:15; Ezra 3:8; Zech 3:8; Mt 2:23; Isa 4:2; 9:2-7; 11:1-12; 53:2, 11; Moshiach the new “Joshua” Isa 49:8].]; and out of his place yitzmach (he [Moshiach] shall sprout up, Yeshayah 53:2), and he shall build the Heikhal Hashem. It is he who shall build the Heikhal Hashem; and he shall carry hod (majesty), and shall sit and rule upon his throne; and he shall be a kohen [Tehillim 110:4] upon his throne; and the atzat shalom (counsel of peace) shall be between them both. And the atarot (crowns) shall be to Chelem, and to Toviyah, and to Yedayah, and to Chen ben Tzephanyah, for a memorial in the Heikhal Hashem. And they that are far off shall come and build the Heikhal Hashem, and ye shall know that Hashem Tzva’os hath sent me unto you. And this shall come to pass, if ye will diligently obey the kol (voice) Hashem Eloheichem. Zechariah 6:12–15 (OJB)

In the Messianic Scriptures, the two Greek words used are Heiron for Temple or Temple buildings on the Temple Mount and Naos for the Holy of Holies, whether in Heaven or on the earth.

Heiron is used frequently in many books, but only Naos is used in 2 Thessalonians 2 and ALL of Revelation. This means we’re not talking about a building during the final seven years of tribulation. We’re talking about a reserved Holy area where only the High Priest goes into and only on Yom Kippur.

Let no one in any way lead you astray, because, unless the Merid (Rebellion, Revolt, the [Anti-Moshiach] Shmad Betrayal Defection of Apostasy, the Azivah Abandonment) Desertion comes rishonah (first), and the Apocalypse of the Ish HaMufkarut (Man of Lawlessness), the Ish HaChatta’ah Ben HaAvaddon (Man of Sin, Son of Destruction Anti-Moshiach) is unveiled. I’m referring to the one setting himself against and exalting himself AL KOL EL (above every G-d, DANIEL 11:36), above all that is given the appellation "G-d" or object of worship, with the result that in the Beis Hamikdash Heikhal he sits down on the MOSHAV ELOHIM (throne of G-d, YECHEZKEL 28:2), proclaiming that he himself is Elohim... 2 Thessalonians 2:3–4 (OJB)

Please notice how Dr. Phillip Goble, the author of the “Orthodox Jewish Bible” translated Naos for Heikhal above? Brilliant! 

Shalom! 

https://www.quora.com/Will-Israel-rebuild-the-temple-in-Jerusalem-now-that-its-the-capital-again/answer/Joel-Blackford?prompt_topic_bio=1


Is it possible that God has two pairs of fallen angels that have been chained in everlasting chains because of them creating the Nephilim in early Genesis and later in the land of Canaan?


"Is it possible that God has two pairs of fallen angels that have been chained in everlasting chains because of them creating the Nephilim in early Genesis and later in the land of Canaan?"

There are multiple Bible passages that are problematic concerning fallen angels and their fates. We know they fell and are chained in Tartarus, deep beneath the earth. We don’t know an exact count of how many fallen angels are imprisoned beneath the earth.

We have the whole Book of 1 Enoch. And…

And the angels who did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their proper dwelling—these he has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for judgment on the great Day. Jude 1:6

This is why it says, "After he went up into the heights, he led captivity captive and he gave gifts to mankind." Now this phrase, "he went up," what can it mean if not that he first went down into the lower parts, that is, the earth? The one who went down is himself the one who also went up, far above all of heaven, in order to fill all things. Ephesians 4:8–10 (CJB)

For the Messiah himself died for sins, once and for all, a righteous person on behalf of unrighteous people, so that he might bring you to God. He was put to death in the flesh but brought to life by the Spirit; and in this form he went and made a proclamation to the imprisoned spirits, to those who were disobedient long ago, in the days of Noach, when God waited patiently during the building of the ark, in which a few people — to be specific, eight — were delivered by means of water. This also prefigures what delivers us now, the water of immersion, which is not the removal of dirt from the body, but one’s pledge to keep a good conscience toward God, through the resurrection of Yeshua the Messiah. 2 Peter 3:18–21 (CJB)

Their punishment, decreed long ago, is not idle; their destruction is not asleep! For God did not spare the angels who sinned; on the contrary, he put them in gloomy dungeons lower than Sh’ol to be held for judgment. And he did not spare the ancient world; on the contrary, he preserved Noach, a herald of righteousness, with seven others, and brought the Flood upon a world of ungodly people. And he condemned the cities of S’dom and ‘Amora, reducing them to ashes and ruin, as a warning to those in the future who would live ungodly lives; but he rescued Lot, a righteous man who was distressed by the debauchery of those unprincipled people; for the wicked deeds which that righteous man saw and heard, as he lived among them, tormented his righteous heart day after day. So the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials and how to hold the wicked until the Day of Judgment while continuing to punish them, 2 Peter 2:3b-9 (CJB)

According to 1 Enoch, these fallen angels will be released for a short time at the end of the age. Here is that time:

The fifth angel sounded his trumpet, and I saw a star that had fallen from the sky to the earth. The star was given the key to the shaft of the Abyss. When he opened the Abyss, smoke rose from it like the smoke from a gigantic furnace. The sun and sky were darkened by the smoke from the Abyss. And out of the smoke locusts came down on the earth and were given power like that of scorpions of the earth. They were told not to harm the grass of the earth or any plant or tree, but only those people who did not have the seal of God on their foreheads. They were not allowed to kill them but only to torture them for five months. And the agony they suffered was like that of the sting of a scorpion when it strikes. During those days people will seek death but will not find it; they will long to die, but death will elude them. The locusts looked like horses prepared for battle. On their heads they wore something like crowns of gold, and their faces resembled human faces. Their hair was like women’s hair, and their teeth were like lions’ teeth. They had breastplates like breastplates of iron, and the sound of their wings was like the thundering of many horses and chariots rushing into battle. They had tails with stingers, like scorpions, and in their tails they had power to torment people for five months. They had as king over them the angel of the Abyss, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon and in Greek is Apollyon (that is, Destroyer). Revelation 9:1–11 (CJB)

You’ll find most Christians can’t comprehend this ever occurring. they spiritualize the verses above. That’s sad and shortsighted. 

Shalom! 

Sunday, January 17, 2021

How do you feel about churches mixing Old Testament with New Testament? It makes little sense to me.


“How do you feel about churches mixing Old Testament with New Testament? It makes little sense to me.”

The Bible is one coherent message from multiple authors. It is meant to be mixed.

Most Christians regard their Messiah as a great Hippie Philosopher. Most Orthodox Jews regard their Messiah as an imperative end times savior and one that walks and preaches pure Torah.

What does the Bible say? Let’s examine two traditional (Orthodox) Jewish Sabbaths from the first century (this pattern occurs the same way today).

but the others went on from Perga to Pisidian Antioch, and on Shabbat they went into the synagogue and sat down. After the reading from the Torah [five books of Moses] and from the Prophets [called the haftorah reading], the synagogue leaders sent them a message, “Brothers, if any of you has a word of exhortation for the people, speak!” So Sha’ul stood, motioned with his hand, and said: Acts 13:14–16 (CJB)

Now when he went to Natzeret, where he had been brought up, on *Shabbat* he went to the synagogue as usual. [After the Torah readings concluded] He stood up to read [the haftorah], and he was given the scroll of the prophet Yesha‘yahu. Unrolling the scroll, he found the place where it was written,

“The Spirit of Adonai is upon me;

therefore he has anointed me

to announce Good News to the poor;

he has sent me to proclaim freedom for the imprisoned

and renewed sight for the blind,

to release those who have been crushed,

to proclaim a year of the favor of Adonai.”

After closing the scroll and returning it to the shammash, he sat down; and the eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fixed on him. He started to speak to them: “Today, as you heard it read, this passage of the Tanakh was fulfilled!” Luke 4:16–21 (CJB)

These two examples highlight how scriptures illuminate scriptures. There is a sequence of a Torah reading from Moses that cites the Law, then a haftorah reading that illuminates the Torah reading and then everybody discusses the readings until the Sabbath ends.

Without multiple references, most Bible discussions are out of context and create new doctrines never intended by God.

If you destroy or impugn the foundation, what happens when the winds and waves buffet you? Your house will crumble.

We will then no longer be infants tossed about by the waves and blown along by every wind of teaching, at the mercy of people clever in devising ways to deceive. Ephesians 4:14 (CJB)

This is why unstable pastors twist God’s word so often. Once a modern pastor disconnects the older writings from the newer writings, they destabilize the whole body and building.

And think of our Lord’s patience as deliverance, just as our dear brother Sha’ul also wrote you, following the wisdom God gave him. Indeed, he speaks about these things in all his letters. They contain some things that are hard to understand, things which the uninstructed and unstable distort, to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures. 2 Peter 3:15–16 (CJB)

Trust me, people aren’t stupid. They can smell dogma. They can discern when pastors are twisting scriptures and making stuff up. Many of them lose their faith or walk out when pastors make dogmatic sand castles.

Shalom!

https://www.quora.com/How-do-you-feel-about-churches-mixing-Old-Testament-with-New-Testament-It-makes-little-sense-to-me


Thursday, January 14, 2021

Is it true that the three days of darkness mentioned in Revelations will be so that it will feel like it’s taken on a life of its own?


“Is it true that the three days of darkness mentioned in Revelations will be so that it will feel like it’s taken on a life of its own?”

Everyone has an eschatology (opinion of the end of days). That could vary from believing you’ll be taking a dirt nap, which is being buried and there is no afterlife, or believing in reincarnation. Many Christian Churches shun reading the Book of Revelation because it’s so difficult to understand. While others believe they will be Raptured before any of Revelation’s Plagues are meted out on humanity. About 90% of the Christian world is A-millennial, which means we’re in the golden age, the glorious one thousand years referenced here:

Next I saw an angel coming down from heaven, who had the key to the Abyss and a great chain in his hand. He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the Devil and Satan [the Adversary], and chained him up for a thousand years. He threw him into the Abyss, locked it and sealed it over him; so that he could not deceive the nations any more until the thousand years were over. After that, he has to be set free for a little while. Then I saw thrones, and those seated on them received authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for testifying about Yeshua and proclaiming the Word of God, also those who had not worshipped the beast or its image and had not received the mark on their foreheads and on their hands. They came to life and ruled with the Messiah for a thousand years. (The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were over.) This is the first resurrection. Revelation 20:1–6 (CJB)

It’s peculiar to have reviewed world history and come to the conclusion that all the events of Revelation, known as the end of days, have occurred and we’re in the Millennium, but it is a stubborn belief that’s been around for over one thousand years.

Most Roman Catholics and Lutherans are A-millennialists. Luther, a former Catholic Monk, strongly dissuaded believers from reading Revelation. Many other reformers believed the pope was the Antichrist.

There have been good and bad popes, but none have or ever will be the Antichrist. 

Within Roman Catholicism, there are some that cite the end of days will resemble the Plagues of Egypt, where during the Ninth Plague: 

ADONAI said to Moshe, "Reach out your hand toward the sky, and there will be darkness over the land of Egypt, darkness so thick it can be felt!" Moshe reached out his hand toward the sky, and there was a thick darkness in the entire land of Egypt for three days. People couldn't see each other, and no one went anywhere for three days. But all the people of Isra'el had light in their homes. Exodus 10:21–23 (CJB)

Most of those arguing for three days of darkness cite many age-old mystics from up to one thousand five hundred years ago. There is no way to verify these old prophecies.

Within Protestant Christianity there is a belief in the three days of darkness too. Are these Protestants referencing Catholic Mystics or sharing a personal prophecy? We’ll never know.

In my opinion, the Seven Seals are the Birth Pangs preceding the final seven years of tribulations. The Seven Trumpets blow during the first three and a half years and the Seven Bowls are poured out during the final three and a half years.

In the fifth of seven bowl judgements, darkness covers the land. Is it three days of darkness? We don’t know.

The fifth one poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and its kingdom grew dark. People gnawed on their tongues from the pain, yet they cursed the God of heaven because of their pains and sores, and did not turn from their sinful deeds. Revelation 16:10-11 (CJB)

I think it’s best to say there will be darkness during the end of days and not limit it to exactly three days. I choose not to cite any of the ancient Roman Catholic Mystics because their testimonies are vague.

My problem with the prophecy is that the Protestants are constantly predicting three days of darkness for every year since 2017. It is tiresome to refute the claim every year.

Shalom! 

https://www.quora.com/Is-it-true-that-the-three-days-of-darkness-mentioned-in-Revelations-will-be-so-that-it-will-feel-like-it-s-taken-on-a-life-of-its-own/answer/Joel-Blackford?prompt_topic_bio=1


Thursday, January 7, 2021

“Are there standards for Biblical scholars? Scholars from Israel seem to be highly knowledgeable about archaeology, ancient history and languages, and linguistic analysis. Some US scholars sound like glorified televangelists.”

 

“Are there standards for Biblical scholars? Scholars from Israel seem to be highly knowledgeable about archaeology, ancient history and languages, and linguistic analysis. Some US scholars sound like glorified televangelists.”

Let’s say you want a PhD in Theology from a marginal Christian University. By the time you’re awarded a degree you may know more dogma, but will it enhance your career outside of unlearned churchgoers? No.

I study with Rabbis, Messianic Scholars and Christian Scholars. Even the lowest Rabbi knows Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic. They know history, archeology and geography. They have memorized vast sections of scripture and midrash. Their knowledge of Torah and commentaries is overwhelming. Whereas, other than a few of them, my limited knowledge of the prophets exceeds them because they’re not expected to read books like Daniel or certain other books.

Most supposed Christian Bible Scholars aren’t scholars. They know Greek…barely, and they struggle with anything other than denominational dogma. Some have PhD’s on the Pre-Tribulation Rapture. That’s like giving a dog a PhD for burying a bone.

I’ve watched these Christian PhD’s on TV and you can tell they have an honorary degree or the degree is from a lousy university. They have no standards.

The rule: If your Christian PhD only knows Greek, he doesn’t know much. Keep on shopping.

Let’s give you an example of a typical Christian TV Scholar: Perry Stone. Perry studies hard and talks your ear off, but he’s a preacher with tons of dogma. Perry doesn’t know Greek, Hebrew or Aramaic. He’s 62, and shows no ability to learn languages, so he’s limited to preach to and fleece church folks but most scholars would ignore him. I have a scholarly friend that counsels Perry, but Perry’s head is thick with dogma. Nothing scholarly penetrates it.

There are Christian Scholars working in history, archeology, geography and languages that are brilliant. Dr. Michael Heiser is one of them. He’s brilliant. Comparatively, Dr. Heiser couldn’t crack the top 1,000, maybe 10,000, of Rabbinic Scholars.

Based on interviewing many scholars, the greatest are Jewish, Messianic or Hebrew Roots Scholars. They know Torah, the rest of the Bible in various languages and commentaries. They know prophecy, archeology and geography.

The top scholars tend to live in Israel or visit regularly.

My top scholars are:

R. Alon Anava Rabbi Alon Anava - Near Death Experience

D. Thomas Lancaster Discover

R. Yitzhak Shapira Ahavat Ammi Ministries | For the love of my people

Shalom!

https://www.quora.com/Are-there-standards-for-Biblical-scholars-Scholars-from-Israel-seem-to-be-highly-knowledgeable-about-archaeology-ancient-history-and-languages-and-linguistic-analysis-Some-US-scholars-sound-like-glorified/answer/Joel-Blackford


Sunday, December 27, 2020

Which character of the Bible is the most pitiable?

 

"Which character of the Bible is the most pitiable?"

My choices are the seven Sons of Benjamin that were handed over to the Gibeonites to end a three-year drought. 

The Gibeonites lied to seal a covenant with Joshua, but a covenant is a man’s word, and in this case, God’s word. It must stand.

But when the inhabitants of Giv‘ah heard what Y’hoshua had done to Yericho and ‘Ai, they developed a clever deception: they made themselves look as if they had been on a long journey by putting old sacks on their donkeys and taking used wineskins that had burst and been mended back together. They put old, patched sandals on their feet and dressed in worn-out clothes; and took as provisions nothing but dried-up bread that was crumbling to pieces. Then they went to Y’hoshua in the camp at Gilgal and said to him and the men of Isra’el, “We have come from a country far away. Now, make a covenant with us.” The men of Isra’el said to the Hivi, “How do we know that you don’t live here among us? If you do, we don’t want to make a covenant with you.” Joshua 9:3–7 (CJB)

King Saul zealously attacked and murdered the Gibeonites. Their spilt blood had to be avenged to keep God’s word undefiled. 

In David’s time there was a famine that lasted three years, and David consulted Adonai. Adonai said, “It is because of Sha’ul and his bloodstained house, because he put to death the people of Giv‘on.” The king summoned the Giv‘onim and said to them — these Giv‘onim were not part of the people of Isra’el but from the remnant of the Emori; and the people of Isra’el had sworn to them; but Sha’ul, in his zeal for the people of Isra’el and Y’hudah, had sought to exterminate them — David said to the Giv‘onim, “What should I do for you? With what should I make atonement, so that you will be able to bless Adonai’s heritage?” The Giv‘onim said to him, “Our dispute with Sha’ul can’t be resolved with silver or gold; and we don’t have the right to put anyone in Isra’el to death.” He said, “So, what do you say that I should do for you?” They answered the king, “The man who ruined us, who schemed against us so that we would cease to exist anywhere in Isra’el’s territory — have seven of his male descendants handed over to us, and we will put them to death by hanging before Adonai in Giv‘ah of Sha’ul, whom Adonai chose.” The king said, “I will hand them over.” But the king spared M’fivoshet, the son of Y’honatan the son of Sha’ul, because of the oath before Adonai between David and Y’honatan the son of Sha’ul. The king took the two sons of Ritzpah the daughter of Ayah, whom she bore to Sha’ul, Armoni and M’fivoshet; and the five sons of Mikhal the daughter of Sha’ul, whom she bore to Adri’el the son of Barzillai the Mecholati. 2 Samuel 21:1–8 (CJB)

In the Bible, its very rare to execute the sons for the sins of their fathers.

"Fathers are not to be executed for the children, nor are children to be executed for the fathers; every person will be executed for his own sin.  Deuteronomy 24:16 (CJB)

The person who sins is the one that will die - a son is not to bear his father's guilt with him, nor is the father to bear his son's guilt with him; but the righteousness of the righteous will be his own, and the wickedness of the wicked will be his own. Ezekiel 18:20 (CJB)

The seven Benjamites had to die because King Saul broke a covenant that God had instituted. 

God’s word must be kept sanctified.

and handed them over to the Giv‘onim, who hanged them on the hill before Adonai. All seven died; they were put to death during the first days of the harvest season, at the beginning of the barley harvest [just before Passover]. 2 Samuel 21:9 (CJB)

Shalom! 

https://www.quora.com/Which-character-of-the-Bible-is-the-most-pitiable/answer/Joel-Blackford


Saturday, December 26, 2020

If you accept the Noah and the ark story, are all of us descended from Noah and his family inbreeding?

"If you accept the Noah and the ark story, are all of us descended from Noah and his family inbreeding?"

I accept the narrative from the Bible about the generations and ages at death because it is logical pertaining to mutations and the shortening of life for plant life or animals.

First, we need to agree that mutations occur in plants and animals, and that the mutations are similar when studied over a timeline, okay?

Let’s assume Adam and Eve were created in God’s image (Genesis 1:27) with a flawless genetic code, which means they could live forever potentially. Then, the Satan fell on the second day (Genesis 1:6–8) and came to the garden to tempt them to fall. Once they fell, they would die…eventually.

This introduced corruption or mutation into a perfect genetic code. Thus, the age of death would shorten each generation, very gradually.

Let’s examine the age of death in proceeding generations:

Adam-930, Seth-912, Enosh-905, Kenan-910, Mahalalel-895, Jared-962, Enoch-365 (he didn’t die), Methuselah-969 (aberrations occur), Lamech-777, and Noah-950 (a genetic bottleneck).

Noah was the last of the pre-flood fathers with long lifespans. Afterward, the maximum lifespan gradually shortens from nearly 1,000 years to Moses, who lived 120 years.

The first fall was when the Satan fell and it occurred on the second day of creation, because it wasn’t a good day.

God said, “Let there be a dome in the middle of the water; let it divide the water from the water.” God made the dome and divided the water under the dome from the water above the dome; that is how it was, and God called the dome Sky. So there was evening, and there was morning, a second day. Genesis 1:6–8 (CJB)

The second fall was when the sons of God, the angels, fell and began breeding with human women. This produced Nephilim, or giants, which were hybrid creatures that needed to be destroyed by the flood.

In time, when men began to multiply on earth, and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were attractive; and they took wives for themselves, whomever they chose. Adonai said, “My Spirit will not live in human beings forever, for they too are flesh; therefore their life span is to be 120 years.” The N’filim were on the earth in those days, and also afterwards, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men, and they bore children to them; these were the ancient heroes, men of renown. Genesis 6:1–4 (CJB)

Noah was perfect in his generation, which means he had no hybrid angelic DNA. The flood eliminated most of the angelic DNA, but inbreeding caused a dramatic shortening of humanity’s lifespan.

Here is the history of Noach. In his generation, Noach was a man righteous and wholehearted; Noach walked with God. Genesis 6:9 (CJB)

After Noah, there was a genetic bottleneck which lowered human’s life expectancy dramatically. Noah fathered Shem:

Shem-600, Arphaxad-438, Salah-433, Eber-464, Peleg-239, Reu-239, Serug-230, Nahor-148, Terah-205, Abram/Abraham-175, Isaac-180, Jacob-130, Joseph-110, Moses-120, and Joshua-110.

The Nephilim and the falls are my opinions, but the genetic mutation evidence is presented here:

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Shalom!

https://www.quora.com/If-you-accept-the-Noah-and-the-ark-story-are-all-of-us-descended-from-Noah-and-his-family-inbreeding/answer/Joel-Blackford