Monthly Archives: January 2011

The Final Countup

THE FINAL COUNTUP

 

Matthew 24:42-44, “Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Master is coming. 43But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. 44Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”

 

Luke 21:34-36, “But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly. 35For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.”

 

As we count up to the 70th Jubilee, which I fully expect Yeshua to personally announce on Yom Kippur, 2030 CE, we continue to warn folks in a final attempt to wake people’s spirits up to what is about to come upon the whole earth. Put your favorite magazine or newspaper down and back away, shut your cell phone off and throw it into your underwear drawer, flush your MP3 player down the toilet, click off the TV and set it out at the curb for the trash man, log off the internet, power down your computer and listen up. The MOST important thing you can do right now is PRAY AND PREPARE your heart and soul to meet your Maker upon His arrival back to earth. Yeshua could return at any moment, therefore I pray for each of us that we will be ready for that Day.

 

Watching the end-time signs is important, end-time prophecy is important, but none of that stuff is as important as getting your spiritual life in order to meet Yeshua Yahweh face to face on His Judgment Day. Soon you will be asked to cast your vote for who will be king over you. Will you cast your ballot for Satan and his counterfeit messiah, soon to show his ugly face to the world? Or will you cast your ballot for Yeshua to be your King and Master forever? I hope you cast your ballot daily in favor of Yeshua. A vote for yourself or anyone else besides Yeshua would be a foolish vote. When Yeshua tells us to watch, He doesn’t mean watch football or the news. Yeshua meant for us to watch spiritually, to avoid falling to temptation. Matthew 26:41, “Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Many billions of humans are going to perish during these final years of human history. None of us knows when we will die, but we must be prepared spiritually above all other preparation. It’s ok to stock up some food and water, batteries, candles, and propane, but if you’ve got it and your neighbors don’t, guess who they will visit when the Stuff Hits The Fan (SHTF)? It’s infinitely more important to prepare yourself spiritually. Yeshua is big enough to protect you in any earthly circumstance. So wake up, sober up and get prepared. Romans 13:11, “And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed.” James revealed to us our ephemeral existence in 4:13-16, “Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; 14whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. 15Instead you ought to say, “If the Master wills, we shall live and do this or that.” 16But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil.” Time is running out, our life is short, wake up.

 

When we turn over the new Hebrew year this spring of 2011 CE, we’ll be entering the 30th year of the 70th Jubilee cycle. We’re counting up to year 49. So we are only about 19 ½ years from Yom Kippur, 2030 CE, the start of the 70th Jubilee Year. Let me put it to you this way: When one man’s Judgment Day (Year) ends another man’s Jubilee Day (Year) begins. Meditate on that for a few moments. It will be a wonderful day for the saints who will inherit the Kingdom of Yahweh on that Jubilee Day, but it will be a lot worse than a bad hair day for those who don’t make it to Jubilee! That is why Yeshua said in Daniel 12:12, “Blessed is he who waits, and comes to the one thousand three hundred and thirty-five days.” Yahweh makes Judgment Day, the great and terrible Day of Yahweh, happen one day and the next day is Jubilee!. Now throw the day for a year principle (Numbers 14:34) into the mix and you understand, since Jubilee is one year long, Judgment Day will very likely last one year. It will take Yahweh one year to expend His wrath on rebellious mankind. What did Yeshua state in Matthew 24:37, “But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.” Noah was in the Ark for one solar year, Judgment Day in Noah’s day was one year in length. Can you imagine a firestorm engulfing the entire earth for one year? You get the idea.

 

I’ve only been studying this Jubilee Year thing for a little over five years, but this cycle matches the seven-year sabbatical year cycles and the Jubilee declared by the prophet Isaiah to Judah’s King Hezekiah in 715 BCE, when Judah was under attack by Assyrian crown prince Sennacherib. Isaiah 37:30, “This shall be a sign to you: You shall eat this year (715 BCE, Sabbatical year and start of 14th Jubilee) such as grows of itself, and the second year (714 BCE, Jubilee year, 1st year of new Sabbatical and Jubilee cycle) what springs from the same; also in the third year (713 BCE, 2nd year of Sabbatical and Jubilee cycle) sow and reap, plant vineyards and eat the fruit of them.” 2030 CE is the 7th year of the Sabbatical cycle and the 49th year of the 70th Jubilee cycle. Yahweh knows His calendar, He knows what time it is, do you?

 

Now, lest you think we have 19+ years to kick back and relax, therefore making our Master angry, let’s count up using another plausible scenario from Daniel 9:24-27, “Seventy weeks are determined for your people and for your holy city, to finish the transgression, to make an end of (to seal up) sins, to make reconciliation for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy, and to anoint the Most Holy (Place). 25“Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the command to restore and build Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince, there shall be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks; the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublesome times. 26“And after the sixty-two weeks Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself; and the people of the prince who is to come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end of it shall be with a flood, and till the end of the war desolations are determined. 27Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week; but in the middle of the week he shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate, even until the consummation, which is determined, is poured out on the desolate.” The Hebrew word for weeks is “Shabuwa” or sevens, and since it is in the plural here in verse 24, it should read “Seventy Feasts of Weeks”. We just need to know the start date as determined by verse 25, from the going forth of the command. The United Nations spoken command to create the modern nation of Israel on November 29, 1947, in Resolution 181, fulfills Daniel 9:25. Since November 29 is past the Feast of Weeks, or Shavuot, or Feast of Pentecost, for 1947, we begin counting the Feasts of Weeks in 1948, when the commandment of the United Nations began to be fulfilled. The Feast of Shavuot (Pentecost), 1948, the year Israel became a modern nation and declared its independence, is our 1st Feast of Weeks in Daniel’s 70 weeks countup. Using verse 26, we count up sixty-two years, arriving at 2009 CE, the Sabbatical year, which began on Nisan 1, 2009 CE. Sometime after the Feast of Weeks, or Pentecost, in 2009 CE, we should see the altar on the Temple Mount shut down and the abomination of desolation set up, as foretold by our Master, Yeshua, in Matthew 24:15, “Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (whoever reads, let him understand).” Now, if we count up 3 ½ years from Pentecost of 2009 CE, we come very close to . . . December 21, 2012! Zowie! That’s the winter solstice and the evil day the Mayans were worried about! Could it be that is when the Antichrist will put an end to the daily and set himself up on the Temple Mount and declare himself messiah of the world?  Hmmm, could be. Here’s a possible fulfillment scenario of that prophecy: The United Nations declares Jerusalem an international city and makes the Pope the religious/political leader of Jerusalem. Ouch! Just for fun, let’s count up another 3 ½ years, or 1290 days, or 1335 days, and we come real close to Yom Kippur of 2016 CE, during another Sabbatical year. And guess what? 2016 CE would be the 69th Feast of Weeks of Daniel 9:25. Under this scenario, Yeshua the Messiah would arrive on Tishri 1, 2016 CE, the Feast of Trumpets, be crowned King of kings, command the angels to pour out the last 7 vials of Yahweh’s wrath, and ten days later announce the 70th Jubilee on Yom Kippur! Wow! If this scenario plays itself out, from Yom Kippur, 2015 to Yom Kippur, 2016 CE will likely be the Day of Yahweh, Judgment Day (Year), consisting of 7 trumpets, 3 woes, and the final 7 vials of Yahweh’s wrath. On Yom Kippur, 2016 CE, Yeshua announces the 70th Jubilee. On Passover, 2017 CE, Yeshua shares His first bottle of wine with His friends, since 30 CE! Daniel’s 70th Feast of Weeks then falls in late spring 2017 CE, during the 70th Jubilee year! Get ready. The ultimate climax of human history is just around the corner of time. In fact, as this scenario reveals, we could be inside the final seven years of human government right this minute.

 

Here’s a little spreadsheet to lay out Daniel’s 70 Feasts of Weeks:

DANIEL’S 70 WEEKS OR SHABUWAS  
POSSIBLE CLIMACTIC SCENARIO    
             
      DAN. 9:27      
  MODERN DANIEL’S ONE WEEK      
  ISRAEL’S 70 COVENANT BIBLICAL 70TH JUBILEE  
COMMON YEAR OF SHABUWA TRIBULATION SABBATICAL CYCLE  
ERA NATIONHOOD YEARS YEARS YEARS YEARS SCRIPTURE REFERENCE
1948 1 1       DANIEL 9:25, “. . .That from the going forth of the command. . .”, NOV. 29, 1947. U.N. RESOLUTION 181.
2009 62 62     42 DANIEL 9:26, “And after the sixty-two weeks. . .” ISRAEL’S ANOINTING COMES TO A CLOSE.
2010 63 63 1 1 43 DANIEL 9:26, “And till the end of the war desolations are determined” ISRAEL, AMERICA, BRITAIN ARE DESOLATED.
2011 64 64 2 2 44 DANIEL 9:26, “And till the end of the war desolations are determined” ISRAEL, AMERICA, BRITAIN ARE DESOLATED.
2012 65 65 3 3 45 DEC. 21, 2012 CE. DANIEL 9:27, “But in the middle of the week he shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering.” ABOUT 3 1/2 YEARS FROM SHAVUOT, 2009 CE.
2013 66 66 4 4 46 BEGIN GREAT TRIBULATION. JANUARY 7, 2013 CE IS 1335 DAYS BEFORE FEAST OF TRUMPETS IN 2016!! FEB. 21 IS 1290 DAYS BEFORE TISHRI 1, 2016; MARCH 23 IS 1260 DAYS BEFORE TISHRI 1, 2016.
2014 67 67 5 5 47 NWO BECOMES OWO
2015 68 68 6 6 48 Begin Judgment Day (Year) on Tishri 10. 7 Trumpets, 3 woes, 7 last vials.
2016 69 69 7 7 49 Yeshua’s 2nd Coming: DANIEL 9:25, “Until Messiah the Prince, there shall be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks. . .” YESHUA RETURNS AFTER THE 69TH FEAST OF WEEKS, POSSIBLY ON FEAST OF TRUMPETS, SEPT. 3, 2016 CE. YESHUA ANNOUNCES 70TH JUBILEE ON YOM KIPPUR, SEPT 12, 2016 CE.
2017 70 70   1 50/1 70TH JUBILEE: DANIEL 9:24, “Seventy weeks are determined. . .” Daniel’s 70th Feast of Weeks. FIRST YEAR OF KINGDOM OF YAHWEH ON EARTH!

 

You could also add to the above list of simultaneous events, “the time of Jacob’s trouble.” Pray for our brothers and sisters in Israel, they may get wiped off the map of the Middle East anytime now. Jeremiah 30:5-7, 23-24, “For thus says Yahweh: ‘We have heard a voice of trembling, of fear, and not of peace. 6Ask now, and see, whether a man is ever in labor with child? So why do I see every man with his hands on his loins like a woman in labor, and all faces turned pale? 7Alas! For that day is great, so that none is like it; and it is the time of Jacob’s trouble, but he shall be saved out of it. . . 23Behold, the whirlwind of Yahweh goes forth with fury, a continuing whirlwind; it will fall violently on the head of the wicked. 24The fierce anger of Yahweh will not return until He has done it, and until He has performed the intents of His heart. In the latter days you will consider it.” Try to let this truth soak into your 21st-century brain, Yahweh’s mercy extended is simply His justice delayed. He cannot and will not delay justice forever. He has a plan, a 7,000-year plan, and it’s time to wrap up the first 6 days of creation and enter into the 7th day of rest for 1,000 years with Messiah as King over all the earth. Yahweh is not senile either, but He does have emotions, as the above verses reveal. When Yeshua shows up for Judgment Day, or the time of Jacob’s trouble, which could last about one solar year, Yahweh will be expressing His fatherly love towards mankind with “fierce anger”. That sounds like a spanking to me, and no individual on this planet has enough hands to cover all their body parts when Yahweh decides to spank. The manchild will be born (again), but it will entail much labor and much pain, and not just in the area of one’s loins.

 

I pray that you have not become “dull of hearing”, Hebrews 5:11, “of whom we have much to say, and hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing.” This is the time to be sober minded and spiritually sharp, listening to the Holy Spirit and preparing to meet Yeshua upon His soon return. I can’t predict when Yeshua will return, but He will be back sooner than we imagine. Are you full of expectation? Is your lamp full of the oil of the Spirit? Luke 12:35-37a, “Let your waist be girded and your lamps burning; 36and you yourselves be like men who wait for their master, when he will return from the wedding, that when he comes and knocks they may open to him immediately. 37Blessed are those servants whom the master, when he comes, will find watching.” Are you ready to meet Him, whether in the air or on the ground? Are you excitedly anticipating His return? Verse 40, “Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” Watch, pray, prepare. Love Him by obeying Him. Accept your divine call to repentance.

 

Gotta share this with you. Go back and reread Ezekiel 3. Verse 5, “For you are not sent to a people of unfamiliar speech and of hard language, but to the house of Israel.” This is a direct reference to the northern ten tribes of Israel, who had already been taken captive by Shalmaneser V, king of Assyria, 129 years before Yahweh gave this command to Ezekiel. Friends, Ezekiel’s prophecies were to have a dual fulfillment, the first in his day when Jerusalem was sacked by Nebuchadnezzar in 588 BCE, the second in our end-time days! Buckle your seatbelts, we’re in for one heaven of a ride! The house of Israel today consists of Israel, America, Britain, and most of the western English-speaking world. Judgment always begins with the House of Yahweh. Welcome to the Family. It’s past time to get your robe of righteousness dry-cleaned in the blood of Yeshua.

 

Here’s a gut-wrenching book for end-time reading: The Coming Famine, published in 2010 by Julian Cribb, professor at the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia. Yahweh is not the only one who knows what’s ahead for us. Julian’s book will scare that extra weight off you, before the prodigious famine hits. Quoting from an article in the January-February, 2011 CE issue of The Good News Magazine, on page 23, David Pimentel of Cornell University says, “Using corn for ethanol increases the price of U.S. beef, chicken, eggs, breads, cereals and milk by 20 to 30 percent.” Your federal civil government’s biofuel policies are one of the causes of worldwide malnutrition, inflation, and coming soon, famine. The third seal of Revelation 6:5-6 is open; famine will soon sweep the earth. “When He opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come and see.” So I looked, and behold, a black horse, and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand. 6And I heard a voice in the midst of the four living creatures saying, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not harm the oil and the wine.”” A day’s wages for a loaf of bread may soon be the good old days. Mark 13:35-37, “Watch therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming—in the evening, at midnight, at the crowing of the rooster, or in the morning—36lest, coming suddenly, he find you sleeping. 37And what I say to you, I say to all: Watch!””

 

Gene Benjamin II

January 28, 2011 CE

 

p.s. I stumbled across another useful website today, www.mygroponics.com an urban vertical gardening solution that uses only two square feet of space. It would be worth your while to check it out, if you can’t move out of the city or town you live in to an agricultural area. The site’s e-book only costs $10.00, barely the cost of an ever-shrinking box of cereal. If that’s not the working link, find the good link from the http://urbansurvival.com website.

 

 

 

For the Oil of the Spirit

FOR THE OIL OF THE SPIRIT
The following article was emailed to us the other day. As I’ve stated before, the first church was Messianic. This article shows artifacts that were discovered in Jerusalem. Christianity always has been a sect of the Hebrew faith. It will always be a sect of the Hebrew faith. Yeshua is Hebrew. Yeshua was a Hebrew when He created the universe. He is a Hebrew today performing His High Priestly duties in the heavenlies. Yeshua will be a Hebrew when He returns to this planet for judgment. Yeshua will be a Hebrew when He torches this old universe and makes a new one. You get the picture. Enjoy the article. If the pictures don’t post, email me and I’ll email the article to you. . .
Aurora, Colo. (EP) — A Messianic Seal from the Christian church in ancient Jerusalem has been rediscovered after 2000 years. This ancient symbol was found on Mount Zion. It is believed to have been created and used by the Jewish believers who called themselves Nazarenes in the first Messianic Church.

Three companies—Olim Creative Products of Tiberias, News About Israel (NAI) of Jerusalem, and Christian Floral Delivery of Colorado—jointly announced the discovery of this ancient symbol, which has been copyrighted by NAI. It consists of three separate but integrated symbols: a menorah at the top, a star of David in the middle, and a fish at the bottom. In each of the renditions of the three-part symbol the star is created by interlacing the stand of the menorah with the fish.

The Messianic Seal was found etched or inscribed on eight ancient artifacts. The artifacts were presented to Ludwig Schneider, editor in chief of NAI’s magazine, Israel Today, in 1990. They came from Tech Otecus, an elderly monk who lived as a hermit in the Old City of Jerusalem. Otecus said that in the 1960s he had personally excavated about 40 artifacts bearing the Messianic Seal from an ancient grotto located in the immediate vicinity of the Upper Room on Mount Zion.

What was once the main entrance to the grotto is now covered with a jail-like heavy wire mesh enclosure. Its door, leading down into the ancient baptismal place, is tightly secured with a heavy chain and lock. According to Schneider, the last remaining entry to the grotto was sealed shortly after he excitedly told the priests at the local monastery about the discovery of the Messianic Seal.

Schneider photographed eight artifacts which were given to him by Otecus, and showed the pictures to the curator of the Israel Museum. “When he had carefully studied my pictures,” Schneider recalled, “the curator immediately promised me that these artifacts and their unique symbol were an important find. He told me that the museum had seen other artifacts bearing the same three-part symbol from some other sources he did not specify.”

According to Bob Fischer, president of Olim Creative Products and co-author with local historian and artist Reuven Schmalz of their book, The Messianic Seal of the Jerusalem Church, the ancient three-part symbol has, since 135 A.D., been suppressed by various Israeli groups or agencies, such as the Israel Museum and Orthodox rabbis in the Old City of Jerusalem, while simultaneously being buried for these nearly two millennia by the church.

According to Fischer, at least two of the eight artifacts were obviously ceremonial pieces which may have well been used by James the Just, the brother of Jesus, who is said to be the first pastor of the church, or perhaps even by one or more of the Twelve Apostles.

One of the eight artifacts is a brick-sized block of well-worn local marble. This piece bears an etched version of the Messianic Seal with a Taw (the last letter in the ancient Hebrew alphabet that looks exactly like a sign of the cross) in the eye of the fish symbol, as well as the ancient Aramaic lettering proclaiming the use of this artifact as a stand to hold a vial of anointing oil. The ancient Aramaic is transliterated as, “La Shemen Ruehon” (For the Oil of the Spirit). Another of the eight artifacts is a small, almost intact, vial which could well have sat on top of the marble stand.

Commenting on what he characterized as the “monumental importance” of this archaeological discovery, Fischer said, “Beyond the historical background of the Nazarenes, the first Jewish believers who founded the Jerusalem Church, the Messianic Seal itself proclaims to the world the pervasive Jewishness of Jesus Christ and the decidedly Jewish foundation and roots of the church founded in His name.”

“The Messianic Seal of the Jerusalem Church,” Fischer continued, “strikes at the very roots of anti-Semitism while proclaiming a compelling message that restores unity: Jew with Jew, and Jew with Gentile. The importance of this discovery cannot be minimized. The Messianic Seal is not only just the key to understanding the Dead Sea Scrolls, it can and should shake the foundations of the church and orthodox Judaism with its incredible message of unity and love. It breaks down barriers that have existed for millennia and points the way toward restoration.”
—Evangelical Press News Service, July 6, 1999
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The Most Ancient Symbol of Christianity
“For the Oil of the Spirit”
FOUND: The First Century baptismal grotto of James the Just and the Apostles on Mount Zion, Jerusalem. James, the brother of Jesus, was the leader of the first Nazarene (Messianic) church located in the Upper Room on Mount Zion.

Our story begins in 1963, when a small ceremonial silver lamina (a thin plate) was found in the Judean Desert near Jerusalem, dating back to the first Century. A Catholic priest and archaeologist named Emanuel Testa deciphered the Aramaic text of this artifact, the first line of which reads: “For the Oil of the Spirit.” Testa was amazed to find that the text was nearly identical to James 5:14-16. This tiny lamina (3″x1″) is a sort of pass card or certificate of belief in Jesus, used in early Jewish-Christian baptism to confirm the forgiveness of sins and “right of passage” into the Kingdom of Heaven.

This text from the Book of James clearly indicates that the earliest Jewish Christians anointed believers with oil. What has not been clearly understood until now is how this anointing was connected with baptism and the entry into the faith. This is no longer a mystery.

Detail of inscription on the face of the oil stand. (at right above)
Pictures from Schmalz, Reuven Efraim et al, The Messianic Seal of the Jerusalem Church, Olim Publications, Tiberias, Israel, 1999
In 1990, Ludwig Schneider, editor in chief of the magazine Israel Update, struck up a friendship with an old Greek Orthodox monk who lived as a hermit in the Old City of Jerusalem. On one occasion, the monk showed Schneider a cache of artifacts that he had secretly excavated on Mount Zion before the Six Day War in 1967. Scheneider was taken aback. Many of these pottery shards, oil lamps and stone pieces were engraved with an unknown symbol. The symbol consisted of a menorah on top, a Star of David in the centre and a fish at the bottom. Schneider was immediately convinced that this must have been a symbol of the first Jewish-Christian church (assembly).
The monk then led Schneider to a cavity in the rock adjacent to the Tomb of David and the Upper Room on Mount Zion, and told him that this is where he found the artifacts. Today, the cave is dark and musty and sealed off with iron bars. As legend has it, some great secrets are hidden there. Some say that according to the Dead Sea Scrolls, it is a cache of Second Temple treasures. The most popular legend is that deep within this cave lies the long lost Ark of the Covenant.
As it turns out, this is the sacred baptismal grotto of the first Nazarene (Messianic) church, and the treasure hidden there was the First and Second Century artifacts (about 60 in all) found by the monk. Among these artifacts is a brick-shaped piece of local marble inscribed with the Messianic Seal and the words in ancient Aramaic: “For the Oil of the Spirit.” This seems to have been the base for a vial of anointing oil. A small pottery flask with a Messianic Seal found nearby supports this theory.
In my opinion, this piece of marble came into use in the earliest Nazarene times at this baptismal site, below the church in the Upper Room established by James the Just and the Apostles. This was, of course, a perfect place for the first church, because the Upper Room is where the Holy Spirit fell upon the disciples at Pentecost. The church was located in the heart of the Essene (a strict, contemplative Jewish sect) Quarter, and was probably a Qumran-like Essene community. According to the Book of Acts, there was strict discipline and a hierarchy. It stands to reason that this group would have immediately established Nazarene ritual, including a ceremonial healing and baptismal centre where conversions were sealed by immersion in water and anointing with oil. Judging from the inscription “For the Oil of the Spirit,” the anointing was symbolic of baptism in the Holy Spirit. The Book of Acts records 3,000 conversions here on the day of Pentecost alone.
I believe that James and the Apostles administered the “Oil of the Spirit” from this very stone base. That would make this piece, if my suspicions are correct, the earliest known Christian artifact. I believe that the previously discovered lamina with the same inscription was also used in this congregation.
But ten years after its discovery, this historic, amazing find remains a well-kept secret. Ludwig Schneider approached the Israel Museum with the artifacts, and was promised that they would be put on display. But it never happened. It seems that the Israeli authorities do not want the mystery of the Messianic Seal to come to light.
By Reuven E. Schmalz
Note: The News articles above have been published widely at multiple sites on the internet. We repeat them here for your convenience. – Tsiyon.org

A Review of The Chronological Study Bible

A REVIEW OF THE CHRONOLOGICAL STUDY BIBLE

 

 

All Scripture quotations in this review are taken from The Holy Bible, New King James Version. Original work copyright © 1979, 1980, 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved. Electronic Edition STEP Files Copyright © 1998, Parsons Technology, Inc., all rights reserved.

I recently saw an advertisement for The Chronological Study Bible, published in 2008 CE by Thomas Nelson, Inc. of Nashville, Dallas, Mexico City, and Rio De Janeiro. I asked them for a copy to review on my blog. Pleasantly surprised, they sent me a beautifully bound hardback New King James Version. Just pulling the Book out of the box, I was impressed by its solid weightiness. This Bible is ready for serious use by the serious Bible student. Holding this Bible in my hands, I realize I’m not equipped to review the Word of Yahweh. Who am I? just a student of His Holy Word, not a scholar or academician. At first glance, this big Book could intimidate the casual reader, but there appears to be plenty of information to sink your spiritual teeth into. 1,430 pages of Scriptures, with hundreds of notes and time charts included within those pages. It has a 195-page concordance and an index to Scripture references with page numbers, necessary since Thomas Nelson rearranged the canonical order of the books and passages of the Bible into a reasonable chronological order. The rearrangement of canonical books and passages of Scripture was a bold step out of religiosity, which I personally feel was about 1,900 years overdue. Kudos to Thomas Nelson, Inc. for making the “it’s about time” decision to rearrange the canon into chronological order. That alone makes this Bible worth purchasing.

 

Thomas Nelson, Inc. took on a monumental task in publishing a Bible in chronological order. I quote from page xi of the Introduction, “The goal of The Chronological Study Bible is not to replace the time-honored canonical arrangement, but instead to honor time as the setting in which the biblical record appeared.” The end-time arrival of The Chronological Study Bible ensures that Thomas Nelson, Inc. has met that goal. Since we are entering the time of the end, it’s time for the people of Yahweh to understand the times. This Bible should help Yahweh’s children gain spiritual understanding in the historical context of our presently degenerating world.

 

The Chronological Study Bible is divided into nine epochs, defined on page x of the Introduction as “a period of time that is characterized by peculiar features or events.” I believe this is a brilliant way to present Yahweh’s holy Word. It provides a framework for the flow of Yahweh’s interaction with humans throughout our history. Kudos to Thomas Nelson, Inc., for making that epochal decision, another great reason to buy this Book. A friend introduced me to the Hebrew lunar calendar back in 2005 CE. Once I started studying and learning about biblical calendars, time, and Yahweh’s purpose for the sun, moon, and stars, I was irretrievably hooked on Bible history and chronology. My background is in accounting, so I know a date stamp when I see one, well, once my spiritual eyes are opened to it anyway. Another quote from page xi of the Introduction, “One goal of The Chronological Study Bible is to help Bible readers join the scholars’ quest for historical truth.” Ok, count me in. I love the truth. I love Yahweh’s truth more each day I live. Reading the Scriptures in a chronological order allows the reader to enter history, get into the heads and lives of the people writing the Word and into the lives of those whom they are writing to and about. In your spiritual imagination, you can now experience the white-hot fiery furnace with Yeshua and the three sons of Israel. You need to get used to living in the fiery furnace, because life for Yahweh’s believers is soon to get seven times hotter for seven times (years). As Hebrews 4:12 states the Word of Yahweh is living, The Chronological Study Bible brings the Word to life like no other printed Bible I know of. Your Bible reading now becomes a “you are there” experience.

 

There is an extensive amount of information packed into this volume. Included are transition commentaries between passages, epoch introductions, historical overviews, background notes, daily life insights, time panels, time capsules, time charts, maps, cultural and historical topics, a glossary, the concordance and the index of scripture passages, and more. Thomas Nelson even included a one-year and two-year reading plan. Over 1,700 total pages, enough material to keep the Bible student devouring the Word for years to come. The New King James Version is my favorite version today, so I’m a little biased toward it. Now I’m imagining The Chronological Study Bible in a digital format, that is a product I would love to see in my lifetime. Imagine your favorite Scripture version in a printed and/or digital chronological format.

 

This review would not be complete without sharing some of the negative side of the equation. This may give the reader an appreciation of the difficulty scholars have in producing a chronological Bible. On page xv of the Introduction we read, “The Chronological Study Bible adapts the system of dates for the kings found in The Mysterious Numbers of the Hebrew Kings by Edwin R. Thiele.” My heart sank a bit when I read that, because Dr. Thiele’s work has some serious flaws, as does any work by any man. One example is where Dr. Thiele relates King Hezekiah’s 14th year to the 3rd year of then Assyrian King Sennacherib. The 3rd year of Sennacherib was 702 BCE. 2 Kings 18:10, “And at the end of three years they took it. In the sixth year of Hezekiah, that is, the ninth year of Hoshea king of Israel, Samaria was taken.” (emphasis mine throughout) 2 Kings 18:10 is what is known as a synchronism. The ninth year of Hoshea was 723 BCE, the year Samaria was captured and the northern 10 tribes of Israel were hauled off to Assyria by co-regent King Sennacherib, acting as tartan for his father, King Sargon II, thus ending the northern kingdom of Israel. A simple calculation then reveals that the 14th year of Hezekiah cannot be any later than 715 BCE, the year co-regent Sennacherib first assaulted the southern kingdom of Judah, as tartan for his father, Sargon II, king of Assyria. During the co-regency of Sennacherib with his father Sargon, crown prince Sennacherib reigned from Nineveh in Assyria, while King Sargon II reigned from Khorsabad, Babylon. 702 BCE, the 3rd year of Sennacherib is then shown to be the 27th year of Hezekiah, not his 14th. There are many more proofs, but do you see how difficult it is to write a chronology, especially when you have co-regencies involved? It’s difficult to sort out events of different, but related individuals. The men and women involved in the writing of Bible chronology deserve our praise and respect. Any Bible chronology written by any man can be refined, updated, and corrected in the pursuit of Yahweh’s truth.

 

I was tipped off to Hezekiah’s 14th year dilemma through the research and books of Mr. Eugene W. Faulstich of the now inactive Chronology History Research Institute in Ruthven, Iowa. Mr. Faulstich used astronomical computer software and calendar conversion programs to tie down many anchor dates in the Scriptures. You can find out about his work and books at:  http://biblechronologybooks.com

 

Again, look at page 526 in the Chronological Study Bible. According to Thiele’s timeline, which the CSB adopts, Hezekiah’s first year was 715 BCE. But look at what the Scriptures clearly teach in 2 Kings 18:1, “Now it came to pass in the third year of Hoshea the son of Elah, king of Israel, that Hezekiah the son of Ahaz, king of Judah, began to reign.” Hoshea’s 3rd year was 729 BCE, not 715 BCE. 715 BCE was eight years after Hoshea was deposed!! Thiele’s work is shown to be 14 years off in synchronizing the reigns of the kings of Israel and Judah.

 

Another point about Hezekiah’s 14th year relates to the article in the Chronological Study Bible on page 654 regarding Merodach-Baladan of Babylon. In 715 BCE, Hezekiah’s 14th year, Hezekiah was gravely ill. Merodach-Baladan, alive and well in 715 BCE, sent him letters and a present per 2 Kings 20:12, “At that time Berodach-Baladan (Merodach-Baladan) the son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent letters and a present to Hezekiah, for he heard that Hezekiah had been sick.” In 704 BCE, during Sennacherib’s 1st year as sole king of Assyria, Sennacherib drove Merodach-Baladan out of Babylon into the swamplands, where he was never heard from again, another proof that Hezekiah’s 14th year and Sennacherib’s 3rd year were not the same year.

 

No translation of the Scriptures is perfect. Look at 1 Chronicles 5:26 on page 964 of the Chronological Study Bible, “So the God of Israel stirred up the spirit of Pul king of Assyria, that is, Tiglath-Pileser king of Assyria. He carried the Reubenites, the Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh into captivity. He took them to Halah, Habor, Hara, and the river of Gozan to this day.” If you look at any good literal translation of this verse, it shows that in the Hebrew it reads better as “the spirit of Pul king of Assyria, and the spirit of Tiglath-Pileser king of Assyria”, clearly showing that Pul and Tiglath-Pileser III are two distinctly different individuals. Pul of the Scriptures, uncle to Tiglath-Pileser, was Assyrian King Ashur-dan III, also known as Ashur-danin-pal III, who ascended the throne of Assyria back in 773 BCE, almost 30 years before his nephew Tiglath-Pileser became king. Pul began carrying off the Israelite tribes east of the Jordan River back in 765 BCE. He attacked again 10 years later in 755 BCE, when Menahem, king of Israel, paid him tribute according to 2 Kings 15:19-20, “Pul king of Assyria came against the land; and Menahem gave Pul a thousand talents of silver, that his hand might be with him to strengthen the kingdom under his control. 20And Menahem exacted the money from Israel, from all the very wealthy, from each man fifty shekels of silver, to give to the king of Assyria. So the king of Assyria turned back, and did not stay there in the land.” Josephus in his Antiquities of the Jews, 9.11.1, makes a clear distinction between Pul and Tiglath Pileser III. Pul harassed Jeroboam II, king of Israel in 765 BCE (see 1 Chronicles 5:26) and carried off the Israelites dwelling east of the Jordan River. Pul harassed Menahem, king of Israel in 755 BCE (see 2 Kings 15:19-20). Tilglath-Pileser III harassed Pekah, king of Israel from 734-732 BCE (see 2 Kings 15:29). This may seem petty to some, but if you’re going to build a chronology of ancient Israel, or a Chronological Study Bible, the more accurate the better.

 

Open your Chronological Study Bible to page 986 and read the box about Nehemiah. Thomas Nelson, Inc. states that Nehemiah lived during the reign of Artaxerxes I Longimanus, king of Persia from 465-424 BCE. But look at the Scriptures in Ezra 2:2 and Nehemiah 7:6-7 (by the way, Ezra and Nehemiah were contemporaries), you see that Nehemiah returned from the exile with Zerubbabel in 549 BCE, telling us that he was among the captives taken when Mordecai, Esther, and King Jehoiachin were taken in 598 BCE by King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. Nehemiah was about 100 years old by the time he became governor of Judah for the first time during the 20th year of the reign of Darius I of Persia in 502 BCE, but Thomas Nelson, Inc. would make him to be over 150 years old in 445 BCE, way down in the 20th year of the reign of Longimanus. That’s a bit of a stretch to believe.

 

A couple other things in The Chronological Study Bible bother me personally. In the Epoch One explanation we read, “Very early dates are based on theories of evolution and geology, and interpreters of the Bible differ on how such dates relate to the creation accounts in Genesis.” The use of the Theory of Evolution in the production of a version of the Scriptures seems a radical departure from conservative Christianity. It is a theory, after all, a poor unproven one at that. Maybe we should not assume that Thomas Nelson, Inc. is a conservative Christian publisher. Whether they are or not, they’ve unleashed Pandora’s Box into the realm of the written Word of Yahweh. Reader and buyer beware, the Darwinian demonic theology of evolution is now attacking you through your Bible.

 

So, because primitive cultures in our 21st century world use wooden wagons, are we now in the Wooden Age? In my early youth, I collected American Indian arrowheads with my grandfather. Does that mean the 18th-19th century American Indians should be placed in the Flintstone Age? Take a look again at the Great Pyramid of Giza, written about on page 20 of The Chronological Study Bible. It was never used as a tomb for any king of Egypt. It was built with precision to tolerances that we cannot duplicate in the 21st century, with all our technology and know-how. How do you place a 50-ton slab of rock, requiring thousands of men to move, in a space where only a few men could stand, or crouch? The sea salt found over halfway up the Great Pyramid reveals that it survived Noah’s Flood, telling me that those who built it were very advanced very early in human history. Adam and Eve’s generations were the most advanced generations in our history; we have degenerated by many percentage points since. Maybe today we live in one of those Stone Ages. We know we live in an age of stony hearts. We are not evolving, we are devolving into a depravity never before seen in human history.

 

Dear reader, you will ultimately have to discern for yourself whether or not including the Theory of Evolution into the production of the Scriptures is appropriate. Just reading Genesis 1 and 2 reveals to you that Yahweh created the heavens and the earth. Is that so hard to grasp? Just by studying Genesis 1 – 11, you find that the Flood of Noah occurred in the 1656th year of creation, not too difficult to grasp. Now track the patriarchs, judges, kings of Israel and Judah, Daniel’s 490-year prophecy, Messiah’s and Paul’s life, and you can understand that Yahweh created the heavens and the earth not much more than 6,000 years ago. Really, it’s not rocket science or pyramid building, or is it? You decide. The so-called higher criticism in scholarship over the last 160 years has only tried to destroy the authority of the Holy Word of Yahweh. He takes that kind of shenanigans personally. Fair warning to Thomas Nelson’s fairness doctrine. I believe Thomas Nelson, Inc. broke out of one religious ditch by rearranging the canonical order, only to fall into the ditch on the other side of the Pathway, into pagan humanist evolutionary theory.

 

Another point of concern is the presentation of an early and late Exodus timeline. Why not pick one? I understand the fairness doctrine, but does it really apply when presenting two scenarios that could possibly cause confusion in the minds of young disciples? Look at 1 Kings 6:1, again from Nelson’s own NKJV, “And it came to pass in the four hundred and eightieth year after the children of Israel had come out of the land of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon’s reign over Israel, in the month of Ziv, which is the second month, that he began to build the house of the LORD.” In the early Exodus scenario (page 88), the Exodus occurred in 1446 BCE, in the late Exodus scenario (page 89), the Exodus occurred in 1275 BCE. Again, a simple calculation reveals the reasonableness of one of those dates. 1446 – 480 = 966 BCE, a reasonable year for the 4th year of Solomon. 1275 – 480 = 795 BCE, not reasonable because you are now deep into the reigns of kings of the DIVIDED kingdoms of Israel and Judah, long after Solomon’s death. Come on Thomas Nelson, Inc., be reasonable, pick one. If you are graced enough to receive a PhuD, ThuD, or Thum, you should be graced enough to humble yourself before your Heavenly Father and . . . pick one.

 

In the next edition of the CSB, I would love to see them translate the LORD and God as Yahweh, in the Old and Renewed Covenant. The word God and the LORD are titles, not His name. His name is Yahweh. And how about translating Jesus Christ as Yeshua HaMashiach or Yeshua Messiah, since our Savior is Hebrew? What would be wrong with printing, “In the beginning the Mighty Ones created the heavens and the earth?” Then the translators could have fun trying to translate the Alef Tav found right in the middle of verse 1. The Alef Tav, Alpha and Omega, Jesus Christ, the Beginning and the End, found right in the middle of verse 1 of the Bible! I would rather see a paragraph about the Alef Tav in Genesis 1:1, than a paragraph about the pagan gods Baal or Dagon. Also, why not leave space inside the Scriptures like Ezekiel 1:1-2, Daniel 9:1-2, Jeremiah 25:1, and Esther 2:16, so the Bible student can enter the appropriate year, either from the timelines included in the CSB, or from their own research?

 

All in all, The Chronological Study Bible is a good work, worthy of its place on the shelf of all students of the Holy Scriptures who are able to discern humanist evolutionary theory. Just grab your black permanent ink marker and edit pages 1-2 to your liking. I will be happily writing in my copy of this study Bible, correcting dates as I see fit, till Yeshua comes again. I can’t wait to compare my timeline with His. Blessings to all those at Thomas Nelson, Inc., thank you for a tremendous job mostly done well. I really like the earth-tone color scheme throughout the CSB and the parchment tinged edges of the pages, nice touch. I hope that in the next edition of The Chronological Study Bible, Thomas Nelson, Inc. strips out all the evolutionary theory propaganda. Yahweh is not pleased with it. He used harsher words than I have expressed in this review, words like blasphemy, rebellious children, broken covenant. Thomas Nelson, Inc., consider yourselves warned by the Almighty. I give the Chronological Study Bible three crosses.

 

Gene Benjamin II

January 16, 2011 CE

Approximate creation day number 2,195,404, but who’s counting?

REPORT FROM IRON MOUNTAIN

Report from Iron Mountain

 

Recently, I read an old Cherith Chronicle newsletter from 1997, which mentioned The Report from Iron Mountain. That title piqued my interest, since I now live near Iron Mountain, Colorado. The Iron Mountain mentioned in the article apparently is a place in New York. Anyway, the report was the result of the globalists enlisting the CIA to come up with recommendations of ways to keep the masses subservient to the civil government. The report was published in 1966. The newsletter from 1997 stated that the New/One World Order folks have been following The Report from Iron Mountain’s recommendations to the letter for the past 45 years. Sounds biblically prophetic.

 

Last time we wrote about the possibility of physical famines sweeping the land of Israel and much of the world. As we’ve continued to meditate on this scenario, Yahweh has shown us Amos 8, concerning a different kind of famine, verses 11-13, ““Behold, the days are coming,” says Sovereign Yahweh, “That I will send a famine on the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of Yahweh. 12They shall wander from sea to sea, and from north to east; they shall run to and fro, seeking the word of Yahweh, but shall not find it. 13In that day (Judgment Day) the fair virgins and strong young men shall faint from thirst.” I used to believe verse 11 meant that there would be a famine of the Word in the end times, but this verse is saying that there is a famine of hearing the Word in the end times. Since I met my wife, I’ve watched her spend a lot of money on postage to send out gospel booklets, books, flyers, CDs, and DVDs regarding the end times. Over the last few months, without realizing what we were doing, we’ve been following up with many of the people that we send information to. We even meet the same people on the street and ask them if they’ve read the books, listened to the CDs, or watched the DVDs. Amazingly, the response has been the same from 100% of the people we’ve followed up on, NOT ONE has read, listened to, or watched the end time information they’ve received. That’s mind-blowing, until you read Amos 8:11. The Gospel of Yeshua continues to go forth in many ways from many sources, as you very well know, BUT YAHWEH HIMSELF HAS SENT A FAMINE ON THE LAND, especially to the Western nations of Israel, Britain, and America. The Word of Yahweh, the Gospel of Yeshua HaMashiach, is being preached from the pulpit, in print, booming on the radio, blaring on the television, streaming on the internet, every way imaginable, BUT people are NOT hearing the Word. Obviously, people make a choice, to hear or not to hear, that is the question of the day. People are not tuned in to hear what Yahweh is speaking in these end-times. That is NOT Yahweh’s fault. That is each individual’s fault. We are all at fault. It’s the age-old problem, we’re sinners. Nobody on this planet really wants Yahweh. Psalm 14:2-3, “Yahweh looks down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there are any who understand, who seek Yahweh. 3They have all turned aside, they have together become corrupt; there is none who does good, no, not one.” If you say you really want Yahweh, you’re lying. Nobody wants Him, that’s why we need Yeshua to save us. Romans 3:4b, “. . . Indeed, let Yahweh be true but every man a liar. As it is written. . .” We are a mess, even those of us who believe we’ve been converted to the Kingdom of Yahweh. We need Him every nano-second of every day, more than we can express in words. We are hopelessly lost without Him.

 

What did Apostle Paul say in Romans 10:12-15, “For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Master over all is rich to all who call upon Him. 13For whoever calls on the name of Yahweh shall be saved.” 14How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? 15And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, who bring glad tidings of good things!”” The problem is not with the preachers and teachers of the Word. Ask my new son-in-law, he’s blessed. Ask Andrew Wommack, his most famous line is “I’m blessed!” The problem is with Yahweh’s people, verses 16-18, “But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Yahweh, who has believed our report?” 17So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of Yahweh. 18But I say, have they not heard? Yes indeed: “Their sound has gone out to all the earth, and their words to the ends of the world.”” The cyber-word of Yahweh is just the latest means to reach folks desperately in need of the Savior. To hear the Word of Yahweh is to heed, or obey, His Word. What is it in this hour that we need to obey? The most pressing command today is to HEED the WARNING and REPENT and receive the Gospel. What did John the Baptist say in Matthew 3:2, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” Where did he get that great line? The Master Himself confirmed this word in 4:17b, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Yeshua preached the Gospel in Mark 1:14-15, “Now after John was put in prison, Yeshua came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of Yahweh, 15and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of Yahweh is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.”” Yeshua spoke those powerful words almost 2,000 years ago. Do you think time is more filled full now? Hmmm. Time is blowing by us so fast it makes all the headlines run together in one big inky blur. In 2010 CE, we had 22 earthquakes of magnitude 7.0 or greater, as compared to ONLY 16 of 7.0 or greater in 2009 CE. MORE EARTHQUAKES OF GREATER MAGNITUDE! Those quakes are simply filling FULL the words of Yeshua. Luke 21:11, “And there will be great earthquakes in various places, and famines and pestilences; and there will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven.” Dead fish washing up on beaches, dead birds falling from the sky, just coincidence, or signs of the times? You tell me. Hosea 4:3, “Therefore the land will mourn; and everyone who dwells there will waste away with the beasts of the field and the birds of the air; even the fish of the sea will be taken away.” If you still believe the news fed to you by the mass media, you are delusional. Chicken Little got it right, the sky is falling. Time is running out. The 70th Jubilee will be here before we’re ready. The Judge is literally knocking on our door.

 

A friend of ours forwarded a news article to my wife. In her email, I think she invented a new word, though it appears to be just a typo. Here’s what she stated: “The Bible tells us that in [the] last days deception will run rampid.” I don’t think rampid is a word, but it should be. I believe she meant to say rampant, but what she has done is combine two appropriate words, rampant and rabid (or rapid, if you prefer), into one cool new word. I like it. Deception is running rampant and rabid, er, rampid in America, and around our world. It’s not just the mass media that are deceiving you. Check out the USDA and FDA in collusion with “private” business to allow a new ingredient (read: neurotoxin) called “Neotame” to be included in USDA Certified Organic and Kosher labeled foods WITHOUT LISTING NEOTAME ON THE INGREDIENTS LABEL!! Neotame can “legally” be added to thousands of foods without being listed on ANY labels. Do you think that was a slipup at the FDA or are they just following the recommendations in The Report from Iron Mountain? I could go on and on about the enemy’s deceptions in the end times, but do your own research. My recommendation from the Iron Mountain near me is, DON’T EAT FOOD, unless you grow it yourself.

 

Yeshua only commanded a couple things of us to HEED. 1 – REPENT, turn from our wickedness to Yahweh and His righteousness. 2 – BELIEVE the gospel. The Gospel is Who Yeshua is, what He has done for us, what He is about to do for us. It’s so simple, even a child can do it. HEED THE WARNING, REPENT, BELIEVE . . . HEED THE WARNING, REPENT, BELIEVE. Sounds like the chorus to a Christian song.

 

Isaiah 56, “Thus says Yahweh:

“Keep justice, and do righteousness,

For My salvation (the Hebrew word meaning salvation is yeshua) is about to come,

And My righteousness to be revealed (Remember that last end-time book of the Scriptures? It is the revelation of Yeshua HaMashiach, Yahweh’s Righteousness).

2 Blessed is the man who does this,

And the son of man who lays hold on it;

Who keeps from defiling the Sabbath (read the Book, Sabbath is still important to our Father),

And keeps his hand from doing any evil.”

3 Do not let the son of the foreigner

Who has joined himself to Yahweh

Speak, saying,

“Yahweh has utterly separated me from His people”;

Nor let the eunuch say,

“Here I am, a dry tree.”

4 For thus says Yahweh:

To the eunuchs who keep My Sabbaths,

And choose what pleases Me,

And hold fast My covenant,

5 Even to them I will give in My house

And within My walls a place and a name (Yahweh)

Better than that of sons and daughters;

I will give them an everlasting (vanishing point) name (Yahweh)

That shall not be cut off.”

 

You need a name that will survive Judgment Day, or you won’t survive the vanishing point of eternity. Revelation 21:27, “But there shall by no means enter it (the Kingdom of Yahweh) anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.” Either your sins get blotted out, or your name gets blotted out. Your choice, again. Revelation 3:5, “He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.” Revelation 20:12-15, “And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before Yahweh, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. 13The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. 14Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 15And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.”

 

Isaiah 56 continues:

 

6 “Also the sons of the foreigner

Who join themselves to Yahweh, to serve Him,

And to love the name of Yahweh, to be His servants—

Everyone who keeps from defiling the Sabbath,

And holds fast My covenant—

7 Even them I will bring to My holy mountain (Kingdom of Yahweh),

And make them joyful in My house of prayer (your body, His Temple).

Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices

Will be accepted on My altar (your heart, where the action is);

For My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations.”

8 Sovereign Yahweh, who gathers the outcasts of Israel, says,

“Yet I will gather to him

Others besides those who are gathered to him.”

9 All you beasts of the field, come to devour,

All you beasts in the forest.

10 His watchmen are blind (that’s you and me folks, we’re all dumb beasts without His Spirit giving us light),

They are all ignorant;

They are all dumb dogs,

They cannot bark;

Sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber.

11 Yes, they are greedy dogs

Which never have enough.

And they are shepherds

Who cannot understand (even preachers need to repent);

They all look to their own way,

Every one for his own gain,

From his own territory.

12 “Come,” one says, “I will bring wine,

And we will fill ourselves with intoxicating drink;

Tomorrow will be as today, and much more abundant.””

 

What did Yeshua teach His disciples in Mark 8:34b-38, “. . . “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. 35For whoever desires to save his life will lose destroy it, but whoever loses destroys his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. 36For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? 37Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? 38For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation (in the early 21st century), of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes (in the early 21st century) in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.”” Self-deception is the worst deception of all, so repent and believe the gospel, because tomorrow will be much worse than today. The Good News is that Yeshua DID die for your sins, He DID rise from the dead, He DID ascend to heaven, He IS coming back to earth, just as He said. All you have to do is heed the warning, repent of your sins, and believe Him and His Word. You don’t have to believe the messenger, he’s a liar anyway, but you must believe the message, for in it you will find salvation (Yeshua) for your soul.

 

Until Resurrection Day,

 

Gene Benjamin II

January 6, 2011 CE

 

Ps. Please excuse the typo in the last blog, I spelled lentil as lentile in the email version. Would you believe lentile is the new FDA approved ceramic tile version of lentil soup? Don’t believe everything you read, but please do read the Neotame article by Barbara H. Peterson. Your physical life may depend on it.