Ecclesiastes 8 (Bible class talk)

Another bible class talk, this time on Ecclesiastes 8.

Introduction

Please come with me to Ecclesiastes chapter 1:

Ecc 1:1 The words of the Preacher, the son of David (Solomon), king in Jerusalem.
2 Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, …vanity of vanities; …all is vanity.
3 What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh under the sun?

It would appear that Solomon wrote these words towards the end of his life. Looking back with all the wisdom he had been blessed with, yet chosen to ignore. Continue reading

Daniel 12 – The vision of the end times

This is a bible class talk that I wrote for the 4th of April, reproduced here for anyone who may find it useful.

Introduction

Our subject this evening is Daniel 12. The climax of the life of Daniel – one greatly beloved – when he is blessed to see a vision of: the resurrection from the dead, the salvation of his people. and the suppressing of the great apostate river and the bounding of it’s overflowing flood waters. And to Daniel one of the greatest moments of his life as Yahweh gives him that comforting answer of peace, that he will surly stand again in the resurrection to dwell in the the land of promise, in his own portion, in the inheritance of his fathers. What a blessing to a brother who has suffered so much! Continue reading

Greatest Hoax on Earth?

The Greatest Hoax on Earth? refuting Dawkins on evolution

While many continuously state the theory of Evolution as Scientific fact, Jonathan Sarfati shows that a fair review of the Scientific evidence overwhelmingly refutes this theory. His book “The Greatest Hoax on Earth? refuting Dawkins on evolution” is very nicely presented with a logical layout, supported by literally hundreds of Scientific Journal papers. This is a must for anyone presented by evolutionary ideas! Continue reading

Psalm 104 introduction (verses 1-9)

This study was written for a bible class that I was asked to do recently. Reproduced here for the benefit of anyone interested.

Introduction

Thought the words of Psalm 104, we see the bringing up of the ark back to Israel with jubilant song and dance. We see the setting up of the priestly order. And we see the unbounded wisdom of the almighty, as he shapes and guides world events bringing about his spiritual creation–the heavens and Earth of the future age. We will try and go through chapter this verse by verse and allow spirit word to guide our study.

The psalms seem to be divided into thematic sections by headings. In which case Psalm 104 is part of a series of psalms starting with psalm 103 and ending with psalm 107. The title to this section heads up psalm 103, “To David”, in the AV. However in the Hebrew the phrase can be equally translated, “of David”. So the subject of the Psalm IS David, “the beloved”, the greater David which is Christ.

Unfortunately we will not finish the whole Chapter tonight there is just too much to cover. I hope that I encourage you all to follow up the study yourselves.

  • Verse 1 addresses the saint body, showing the wonders of their blessing.
  • Verse 2 shows the expanding of the kingdom of Yahweh till it fills the whole earth
  • Verses 3-4 introduce the Cheruvim, the guardians to the tree of the Lives
  • Verses 5-9 the anti-typical Noahic flood which is turned back by the rainbowed angel
  • Verses 10-18 shows the blessings of the kingdom
  • Verses 19-30 shows the current order of things through nature
  • Verses 31-35 praises the wisdom of the Father

Bet-Lechem: House of bread

This has been adapted from a bible-class talk and posted here that all may benefit from the study. Please contact me with any thoughts…

Introduction

Our subject is Bet-Lechem בת-לחם – the house of bread – which in summary symbolises the Ecclesial household of faith throughout every age. Together, we will trace this symbol throughout scripture: from it’s roots to the prophetic climax yet to be fully realised. From the calling of a people for his name, to the exalting of David, the beloved over his brethren and sisters to stand before Yahweh. His multitudinous loaf body, broken and spread abroad, that all nations may cause themselves to be blessed in the eating of it, and the Glory of Yahweh fills the earth in those who manifest his character. This is an overwhelmingly beautiful subject, far more extensive than we could possibly do justice in this short study. Continue reading

Isaiah 6 – the Seraphim: burning ones (High priest)

In the last post we looked at the throne and the exalting of the saint body to the political rule of the future age. This time we finish our study with a more detailed look at the High priest of our calling who occupies that throne, and the prophetic reason for this vision!

The train or Skirt

The train or skirt filled the temple. This word is used exclusively in two contexts in scripture.

  • The skirt of Israel lifted up as the skirt of a harlot (Lam 1:9, Jer 13:22,26 and Nah 3:5)
  • The rim of the robe of the ephod of the High Priest (Exo 28:33-34, 39:24-26)

This draws our minds to the great contrast between the leaders of the nation at the time and our lord. He is the faithful one the Amen, holy and true are his words. The false leaders of the time spoke smooth things, and committed fornication with the false doctrines and “gods” of the nations around.

Exo 28:33 And beneath upon the hem of it thou shalt make pomegranates of blue, and of purple, and of scarlet, round about the hem thereof; and bells of gold between them round about:
34 A golden bell and a pomegranate, a golden bell and a pomegranate, upon the hem of the robe round about.
35 And it shall be upon Aaron to minister: and his sound shall be heard when he goeth in unto the holy place before Yahweh, and when he cometh out, that he die not.

The word for pomegranate is the word rimon רמון, the same as the place Rimon, in Zechariah 14, “Gevah to Rimon”. This word again comes from the word high, ram רמ, of av’ram אברם. Hence drawing attention to the high or exhaled nature of the pomegranate. It’s used along with other plants that represent the Israelite people in Numbers 13:25: Continue reading

Isaiah 6 – the Seraphim: burning ones (the Throne)

The last post we looked at Yashua as the true high priest, and showed from scripture that this vision has historical and future aspects. This time we will look more into the details of the prophecy and the wonderful vision of the throne.

The exalting of the righteous

Now lets go back to Isaiah 6 and look at some of the details, specifically the throne.

Isa 6:1 In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord (Adonay) sitting upon a throne, high (ram רם) and lifted up (nasa נשא), and his train filled the temple.

The word “high” here is ram רם, it is found in the name av’ram אברם, exalted father whose seed will also be exalted. This links the lord of the throne to the fulfilment of the Abrahamic promises and many of the prophecies of old. One example is Numbers 24:7, we start in verse 5 for context:

Num 24:5 How goodly are thy tents, O Jacob (the overcomer), and thy tabernacles, O Israel (Prince with Ail)!
6 As the valleys are they spread forth, as gardens by the river’s side, as the trees of lign aloes which Yahweh hath planted, and as cedar trees beside the waters.

Aloes

Young Aloe Vera plants (Psa 1)

Incidentally the word “Aloes” here is the the same as the word Elohim אלוהים or mighty ones, with two letters transposed, showing the identity of this symbol to be the saints. Psalm 1, they plant themselves on the living waters of the temple, soaking up the words of the Father.

Do we delight in soaking up the word, Brethren and Sisters? Do we thirst after it as a deer longing after refreshing waters, the gentle waters of Shiloach in the heat of this world?

Continuing in verse 7:

7 He shall pour the water out of his buckets, and his seed shall be in many waters, and his king shall be higher (ram רם) than Agag, and his kingdom shall be exalted (born up).

What is the nature of this exalting? We are told in the lovely words of Hannah’s prayer.

1 Sam 2:6 Yahweh killeth, and maketh alive: he bringeth down to the grave, and bringeth up.
7 Yahweh taketh away, and maketh rich: he bringeth low, and lifteth up (ram רם).

Hannah recognises the state of Israel and there reliance on Yahweh. He had indeed taken away the land and possessions of those around and given them to the children of Israel. They had followed the lies of Nimrod, sinking into all manor of vile worship, therefore Yahweh had removed them from the land. This is a great lesson to us, those who multiply there talents will be given of the inheritance of those who have not. If we neglect our estate, it will be taken from us and we will be “brought low”.

The word lifteth up is from our root word ram רם and is used of the resurrection and exalting of the meek of the earth.

1Sam 2.8 He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth up (ram רם) the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory: for the pillars of the earth are Yahweh’s, and he hath set the world upon them. (also Psa 113:7-8)

The dust of the seed of Abraham will be raised from there sleep and gathered together a body prepared for the beloved (Heb 10:5). Those who do the works of Abraham will be quickened by the spirit dwelling within them (Rom 8:11). They are as the line Aloes, soaking up the word, upright in there actions and growing in the character of there father … that when there betrothed returns, they will see him as he is (1 John 3:2), and they shall be made like him, not just in mind but in alos in body. Not only that – “To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne” (Apoc 3:21). What a privilege …

bearing of the throne

Not only is our lord “high” or exalted as is typified in his father Abraham, he was also “lifted up” or born up. This is the word used of the priests shouldering of the alter, and bearing up the tabernacle as they followed the cloud. We find the same vision in Ezekiel chapter 10, where the throne is born up by the Cheruvim כרובים.

Psa 18:10 And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly: yea, he did fly upon the wings of … spirit.

Not only do the saints, the Cheruvim, bear up the throne, they are also filled with the spirit of Yahweh.

1 Sam 4:4 Yahweh which dwelleth between the Cherubim

Notice the word “between”, found in italics in the AV, is not there in the Hebrew: not only is the throne born upon the Cheruvim, as the priests of old; his spirit inhabits the Cherubim themselves, his spirit fills them. If we are to be part of the Cheruvim, then we are filled with his spirit, driven by it. What drives us, where is our focus? Is it the lusts of our bodies … or the wisdom and character of the Father?

For the final part of the series click here.

Isaiah 6 – the Seraphim: burning ones (Mel’chizedek)

Mel’chizedek – King or Righteousness

In the last post, we saw Uzziah lift himself up beyond what Yahweh had given him, as he took upon himself the name and role of Azariah–the hight priest at the time. In the opening verse of Isaiah 6 the spirit contrasts this self appointed Azariah (help of Yah) with the true Mel’chizedek, the true king priest, ordained by the father and sitting on his throne – “Jesus” (Yashua in the Hebrew). We are told this in John 12.

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. 41 These things said Isaiah, when he saw his glory, and spake of him (Christ).

Now why would visions given to Isaiah about the impending Assyrio-Babylonian invasion be applied to Christ and his time? The spirit though John and Isaiah is clearly using the prophecy to refer to both times.

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Tekoa: piercing the figs to ripen the fruit

There are some lovely lessons that we can take to ourselves in our first reading today. This is a mini shadow of the Gogean invasion, and the setting up of the kingdom and the reign of Christ. In 2 Chronicles 20 we are taken back to the time of Jehoshaphat king over Judah. The armies of the Moabites, of the Ammonites, and of the Edomites of Mount Seir – the whole of Transjordan – invaded the land of Israel. Jehoshaphat and his people feared because they were greatly outnumbered, they would be wiped out if Yahweh does not help them.

Jehoshephat–Yah he is Judge–seeks Yahweh and prays to him, drawing on both: the words of Yahweh, as Joshua (Yashua or “Jesus”) is possessing of the land (Deut 4:29-31); and the prayer of Solomon when inaugurating the temple (2 Chr 7:14)–typical of setting up the religious order of the millennial reign of Christ.

Deut 4:29 But if from thence thou shalt seek Yahweh thy Elohim, thou shalt find him,if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.
30 When thou art in tribulation, and all these things are come upon thee, even in the latter days, if thou turn to Yahweh thy Elohim, and shalt be obedient unto his voice;
31 (For Yahweh thy Elohim is a merciful El), he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them.

Friend Jehoshaphat is showing his understanding of what Yahweh wants. The land was given to the seed of Abraham; a “friend” or in the Hebrew, a lover of Yahweh! Which is reference to the first commandment, Love Yahweh thy Elohim…

In verses 15 to 17, Yahweh responds as all parents do the the pleas of their children, he cannot stand by while they are in danger. He shows them the “salvation of Yahweh”–Yashua–foreshadowing the latter day Immanuel, who will go forth in the midst of purged Israel, and drink from the waters of salvation (Yeshua).

Wilderness of Tekoa

Israel as a ripe fig (Hosea 9:10)

Verse 20, they are sent to the “wilderness of Tekoa”: wilderness is literally a place of thought, where they would be free from distraction to consider their lives; Tekoa means piercing, thinking of Amos who’s job it was to prick the unripe figs to cause them to ripen. Israel as a fig needed to be pricked before there fruits were ripened (Hosea 9:10). How often do we sleep, being comfortable with our lot in life, ignoring the scriptures becoming apathetic in our ways. Often it takes a sharp knock to startle us out of our slumber, and this is what Yahweh provided his people in the invasion of there enemies.

The people recognise this in there words “…for his Mercy is towards the Ohlam (Millennial reign of Christ)”. The word is rachem רחם, to womb (see the post on mercy), as a father he was doing what was good for there eternal benefit. We must recognise this in our lives too; Yahweh knows what is best for us and is shaping us by the trials of life… we should count it all joy whatever happens, knowing that all things work together for good to those that love Yahweh.

Isaiah 6 – the Seraphim: burning ones (context)

Introducing the vision

In this short overview of Isaiah 6 and the vision of the Seraphim שרפים (the burning ones), we look at: the context the vision was given, the meaning for the people of the time, and the message for us today! Starting with the context then… so why was the book of Isaiah written?

Isa 1:1 The vision of Isaiah the son of Amotz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.
2 Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for Yahweh hath spoken, I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me.

Yahweh is pleading with his people, his “children”, as their Father; By this revelation given to Isaiah–just as John received the revelation about his generation, and beyond–open the eyes of the faithful of the inhabitance of Judah an Jerusalem, a message to his servants, to show them things which must shortly come to pass.

One of several phases of the locust

There were to be four successive invasions by the Assyrians, which Joel sees as waves of locusts; a wave in each of the reigns of the kings mentioned here. They came from the north, eating the goodness of the land as they came. By the end, all of the northern tribes of Israel were taken from the land, and only a small remnant of the tribe of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem remained.

Uzziah

Now when we come to Isaiah 6, we find our vision is given around the time of the death of Uzziah king in Judah. In verse one we read:

Isa 6:1 In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also Adonay(my lord) sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.

How is this vision related to the death of Uzziah?

Uzziah עֻזִּיָּהוּ means “Yahweh is my strength”, and this describes the earlier part of his reign; he grew strong and powerful under the wings of the father. 2 Kings 15 seems to suggest that he changed his name towards the end of his reign. When coronated he was called Uzziah, but by the time of Menachem–the king of Israel and the first Assyrian invasion–he was referred to as Azariah עֲזַרְיָהוּ (which means “Yahweh has helped”). By adding another letter to his name, he now shared the same name as the high priest of the time!

Now why would he do this? Perhaps there is a clue in the first time the word “help”, ezer עזר is used in the psalms,

Ps 20:1 Yahweh hear thee in the day of trouble; the name of the Elohim of Jacob defend thee;
2 Send thee help, ezer עזר, from the sanctuary, and strengthen thee out of Zion

There are several prophecies of the saving of Jerusalem from there enemies by the “help” of Israel; Christ and the saints (Deut 33:7,26, Psa 121). At the time of the barbaric Assyrian invasion, the “day of trouble”, it would seem that Uzziah–now Azeriah–was associating himself with the prophetic Melchizedek, the king priest of Jerusalem, the seed of David. Through him he assumed that the people would be saved, and his “heart was lifted up to destruction” (2 chr 26:16). Taking upon himself the role of the high priest, he tried to offer incense in the temple to Yahweh! lifting himself up beyond that which was given to him, he was smitten with leprosy for the rest of his life, reminding him that all flesh is grass–Yahweh indeed was his strength!

This is a great lesson for us, where is our aim in life? do we strive to set ourselves up, is it our desire to be in the kingdom for Yahweh’s glory, or our own? The saints, symbolised in apocalypse by the 24 elders will “cast their crowns before the throne, saying… thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” (Apoc 4:10)

Nadab and Abihu: the cleansing work of the Seraphim

Uzziah represents the apostasy of the nation and it’s rulers at the time… flesh is no better now than it was then; our generation is also coming to a time of purging.

Alter of Incense (Timna Park tabernacle reconstruction: Israel)

Uzziah made the same mistake as Nadab and Abihu in Leviticus 10, when they offered strange fire; incense that Yahweh had not asked for. According to Luke 1:9,10, “the whole multitude of the people were praying without at the time of incense”. And “the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before” Yahweh (Apoc 8:4).

Both the prayers of Azeriah and the people were rejected, Isaiah 1 says, “bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me … I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting. … And when ye spread forth your hands (in prayer), I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood” (Isa 1:13, 15).

Fire, coming forth from the faces of the Cherubim burnt up Nadab and Abihu. Yahweh forbade Aaron–their father–to morn … but “let your brethren, the whole house of Israel, bewail the burning, saraph שרף, which Yahweh hath kindled, saraph שרף” (Lev 10:6). Why did Yahweh do this? We are told in verse 3, “I will be sanctified in them that come nigh me, and before all the people I will be glorified”.

Whirlwind from the north, the vision of the Cherubim (Ezk 1)

Because of the wickedness of the people in turning their back on him and serving Baal, and offering their children to Molech burning them on the hands of the statue outside the gates of Jerusalem (city of peace), the people were to be purged with the burning fire of the Seraphim. In the words of Yahweh through Ezekiel when he, in prophecy, was to cut hairs from his head as a symbol of the people of Israel, “cast them into the midst of the fire, and burn saraph שרף them in the fire; for thereof shall a fire come forth into all the house of Israel” (Ezek 5:4). And it did, Ezekiel 1 is the vision of Babylonians consuming Jerusalem as a fiery whirlwind (Ezk 43:3).

Choosing to take upon ourselves the name of Yahweh in baptism, to be son’s and daughters of the most high, is a great responsibility. Bringing into disrepute the name of our Father is a very serious thing. Yahweh’s name must be seen as holy at all times!

Next we will look at the vision on the throne, the true king priest–Mel’chizedek