Monthly Archives: May 2012

The Word

The Word

John 2:12-25, “After this He went down to Capernaum, He, His mother, His brothers, and His disciples; and they did not stay there many days.

13Now the Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Yeshua went up to Jerusalem. 14And He found in the temple those who sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers doing business. 15When He had made a whip of cords, He drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen, and poured out the changers’ money and overturned the tables. 16And He said to those who sold doves, “Take these things away! Do not make My Father’s house a house of merchandise!” 17Then His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for Your house has eaten Me up.”

18So the Jews answered and said to Him, “What sign do You show to us, since You do these things?”

19Yeshua answered and said to them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”

20Then the Jews said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple [it has been 46 years SINCE this Temple building project began in 32 BCE], and will You raise it up in three days?”

21But He was speaking of the temple of His body. 22Therefore, when He had risen from the dead, His disciples remembered that He had said this to them; and they believed the Scripture and the word which Yeshua had said.

23Now when He was in Jerusalem at the Passover, during the feast, many believed in His name when they saw the signs which He did. 24But Yeshua did not commit Himself to them, because He knew all men, 25and had no need that anyone should testify of man, for He knew what was in man.”

Were Yeshua’s disciples saved? I believe so. Why? Because they believed the written Word of Yahweh and the spoken, or rhema, Word of Yeshua. They believed the Old Covenant and the New Covenant. They believed the Old Testament prophets and the fulfillment of those prophecies, Yeshua the living Word of Yahweh. They believed in the Old Covenant kingdom of Israel and the Gospel of the Kingdom preached by Yeshua.

Were the crowds saved? Hard to say, they believed in the outward signs of Yeshua and in His name. But Yeshua did not commit to them, because they did not believe the whole of Scripture, the Old and the New. We know Yeshua was committed to His disciples and they were committed to Him. They each gave their lives for the other. The crowd just wanted to be around the glitter and glamour of a charismatic person. Make no mistake, Yeshua is not committed to the mob, or the crowd, but only to a few disciples. Are you one of the called and chosen few?

Jews today believe the Old Covenant, the Tanach, but reject the New Covenant. Christians today believe the New Covenant in the blood of Yeshua, but reject the rules of the Kingdom found in the Old Covenant. How do Christians expect to live in the Kingdom of Yahweh for all eternity without knowing the rules, or Torah, of that Kingdom? That could be a tough row to hoe.

So tonight we begin to celebrate Shavuot, with the waving of the two leavened loaves, which represent sin-laden Judah and Ephraim (the lost 10 tribes, Gentiles, including believers in Yeshua). Ephraim and Judah, though brothers in the same Kingdom, are still at enmity with each other. The Feast of Shavuot reminds us of the giving of the Torah at Mt. Sinai and also of the giving of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. Both happened at Shavuot, Pentecost. The Old and New Covenants come together at Shavuot. Being leavened bread, neither Jew nor Ephraimite can be offered up as a burnt offering to Yahweh. Lev. 2:11-12, “No grain offering which you bring to Yahweh shall be made with leaven, for you shall burn no leaven nor any honey in any offering to Yahweh made by fire. As for the offering of the firstfruits, you shall offer (wave) them to Yahweh, but they shall not be burned on the altar for a sweet aroma.” In ourselves, we’re not acceptable to Yahweh. Thank Yeshua, that through His blood, we both can now come into the presence of Yahweh. We can sing and dance and worship before Yahweh as sin-ladened bread, but we can only enter into His presence and minister to Him as sinless holy people.

The two leavened loaves remind us that Judah and Ephraim are still separated by our sin, but through following the written and spoken word, we can become one in Yahweh’s hand, as Ezekiel described in Eze. 37:16-22, “As for you, son of man, take a stick for yourself and write on it: ‘For Judah and for the children of Israel, his companions.’ Then take another stick and write on it, ‘For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and for all the house of Israel, his companions.’ 17Then join them one to another for yourself into one stick, and they will become one in your hand.

18“And when the children of your people speak to you, saying, ‘Will you not show us what you mean by these?’—19say to them, ‘Thus says Sovereign Yahweh: “Surely I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel, his companions; and I will join them with it, with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they will be one in My hand.”’ 20And the sticks on which you write will be in your hand before their eyes.

21“Then say to them, ‘Thus says Sovereign Yahweh: “Surely I will take the children of Israel from among the nations, wherever they have gone, and will gather them from every side and bring them into their own land; 22and I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king over them all; they shall no longer be two nations, nor shall they ever be divided into two kingdoms again.”; John 10:16, “And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd.” How will we become one in His hand? By repenting, by forgiving each other, by joining together in the One Covenant of Yeshua.

Yeshua is returning to earth soon to establish His kingdom on this planet. It will be comprised of Jews and Ephraimites, including those sojourning with each. The disciples of Yeshua understood that Yeshua fulfilled the Scriptures and spoke words that completed the Torah of the Old Covenant. So now we have the completed whole of Scripture, the Old and New Covenants, or Testaments. Now, we have two main houses in the church of Yahweh, the house of Judah and the house of Ephraim, including the sojourners in each house. These two houses will become one house through the restoration of all things that Yeshua brings. We need to be praying and working toward the same goal that Yeshua is working towards. It’s time to learn to love all of Yahweh’s people, Jew and Ephraimite, and their sojourners. Shavuot provides us that great opportunity to show the love of Yeshua to our fellow man. Don’t miss out. It’s Yahweh’s feast. Leviticus 23:1, “And Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying, 2“Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘The feasts of Yahweh, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, these are My feasts.”

One Mighty One, one house, one covenant, one Shepherd, one feast on one day. . .the fiftieth day, sundown May 26 through sundown May 27, 2012, which ends the Passover season.

Gene Benjamin II

May 26, 2012 CE

America’s Saturation Point

America’s Saturation Point

 

Yeshua told His disciples in Matthew 24:37-39, “But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 38For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, 39and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.”

 

This is the way it was in the days of Noah, Genesis 6:5-8, “Then Yahweh saw that the wickedness of man was great (abundantly, exceedingly, enough) in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually (literally: wholly, 24/7). 6And Yahweh was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. 7So Yahweh said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.” 8But Noah found grace in the eyes of Yahweh.” Why do you think millions of birds, fish, and animals around the world are dying? Judgment is upon the planet.

 

I want you to think of the collective soul of America, made up of the soul of each of the 300+ million individual citizens and aliens, as if it were a sponge. Our sponge in America is just about saturated with sin. One of the points of argument against the days of Noah was that the world had become as sinful — full of sin — as it could possibly get, violent, evil, cold-hearted. We in America are rapidly approaching our saturation point. I recently read an article that stated Yahweh will judge us when He decides that we cannot get any more sinful, we cannot get any worse or any more wicked, our sin saturation point!! That day is just about here. What was it that the folks in Noah’s day DID NOT KNOW? They did not know that they had reached the saturation point of sinfulness. Only Yahweh knew when Noah’s neighbors had reached that point. That’s why Yahweh told Noah to build the Ark.

 

Well, here we are 4,530 years later with a president that is now endorsing homosexual marriages. We’re already aborting millions of innocent unborn babies. Our cities are full of violence. This nation is addicted to drugs, prescription and illegal, from the highest offices to the lowest gutter. We could also mention immorality, lust, greed, covetousness, materialism, idolatry, pornography, etc. Young people are incapable of making a moral decision, since they don’t even know what morality is, or how to evaluate or judge morality. But Yahweh knows. Paul said it this way in 2 Timothy 3:1-9, “But know this, that in the last days perilous (dangerous, harsh, fierce, savage) times will come: 2For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of Yahweh, 5having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! 6For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, 7always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 8Now as Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, disapproved concerning the faith; 9but they will progress no further (Why? Because they reached their sin saturation point.), for their folly will be manifest to all, as theirs also was.” This list of our nation’s sins could fill pages, but suffice it to say that our collective soul is just about fully saturated with sin. We will continue to slide down this sewer pipe of sin, until Yahweh decides enough is enough. Once Yahweh makes that decision, America’s days will not only be numbered and found wanting, they will be over. Once America is finally judged (we’re in the 11th year of judgment now, since 9/11/01, when Yahweh lifted His hand of protection off of America), the world stage will be set for its final 7 years of tribulation and final judgment.

 

My recommendation? REPENT of your sins with this very breath, right now, because you may not get another chance. Yahweh is setting Satan up for his demise. Unfortunately, humans get caught in the middle of the fight, but not for too much longer. Praise Yahweh, the King is coming!! Father, forgive us, all of us in America and around the world. We are sinners and we need you to forgive us and change us from the inside out. Yeshua save us!! Help us to hate sin as much as you do!

 

My other recommendation? If you are a Christian living in a large city, RUN! Leave now, don’t wait for the angels to come and haul you out of town, like Lot and his wife did. I recommend that everyone read the sobering story of Sodom and Gomorrah, beginning at Genesis 18:16. . . through Genesis 19. What was it that the residents of the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah DID NOT KNOW? They did not know that their collective soul was full of sin, until it was too late. And don’t forget Lot’s wife, you can take the woman out of the city, but you may not be able to take the city out of the woman. Trust me on this one, I speak from personal experience.

 

So what is it that the citizen’s and aliens in America, as well as all the other inhabitants of earth DO NOT KNOW TODAY? That our collective soul has just about reached its SIN SATURATION POINT!! Let that soak into your spongy soul today.

 

Gene Benjamin II

May 18, 2012 CE

Daniel’s 69 Weeks of Years

Daniel’s 69 Weeks of Years

 

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 sins,

To make reconciliation for iniquity,

To bring in everlasting righteousness,

To seal up vision and prophecy,

And to anoint the Most Holy.

25Know 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 (69 total weeks per vs 25 above)

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.

27 Then 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.”

 

Our focus today will be on verse 25 of Daniel 9. It is commonly understood in the scholarly world that Daniel’s 70 weeks are 70 weeks of years or 490 years in the total prophecy. We are only concerned today with the first 69 weeks, or 483 years. 69 X 7 = 483. 483 prophetic years of 360 days each = 173,880 prophetic days, from the going forth of the command to restore and build Jerusalem, until Messiah the Prince.

 

In all of human history, there is ONLY ONE stretch of time in history that fits Daniel’s prophecy. Now, doesn’t that sound like Yahweh? He wants us to understand His Word and His prophets’ visions. Sir Robert Anderson, in his great book, The Coming Prince, identified this ancient stretch of human history as the period of time from Nisan 1, 445 BCE, which was the 20th year of Artaxerxes I Longimanus, to Nisan 10, 32 CE, when Yeshua rode a donkey into Jerusalem, identifying Himself as the Messiah of Israel. That was the only time during Yeshua’s ministry that He publicly identified Himself as the Messiah of all Israel, and the people heralded Him as such. See Matthew 21 and John 12. Yeshua, the Lamb of Yahweh who was to take away the sins of the world, was selected on Nisan 10, according to the commandment of Moses, as the sacrificial Lamb, to be inspected by the elders for 4 days until His crucifixion on Nisan 14, 32 CE.

 

In order to squeeze 173,880 prophetic days into this age span, we needed an early Nisan 1 in 445 BCE and a late Nisan 10 in 32 CE, and that is exactly what the calendar reveals. No other close years qualify, period, per Sir Robert Anderson. Nisan 1 in the Jewish year of 3316 was March 8, 445 BCE Gregorian, a very early Nisan 1. Nisan 1 in 445 BCE was Julian Serial Day number 1558959. Nisan 10 in the Jewish year 3792 was April 8, 32 CE, a very late Nisan 10. Nisan 10 in 32 CE was Julian Serial Day number 1732846. 1732846 – 1558959 = 173,887 days. King Artaxerxes I Longimanus most likely DID make his proclamation in the first week of Nisan, 445 BCE, fulfilling Daniel 9:25 EXACTLY. Isn’t Yahweh amazing?

 

What has thrown prophecy students and scholars off for hundreds of years is the fact that our Western mindset was looking for Yahweh to fulfill Daniel 9 in SOLAR CALENDAR YEARS, not Hebrew lunar prophetic years of 360 days each. Notice that the 483 prophetic years that equal 173,880 prophetic days = only a little over 476 solar years! 173,880 / 365.25 = 476 years and 21 days!

 

So, let’s go to the Scriptures and appreciate the breadth and depth of the drama in Nehemiah’s life at the time. Humble Nehemiah reminds me of Daniel. Notice how similar their two prayers were, Daniel’s in Daniel 9 and Nehemiah’s in Nehemiah 1. Nehemiah 1, “The words of Nehemiah the son of Hachaliah. It came to pass in the month of Chislev (9th month in Hebrew year, fall 446 BCE), in the twentieth year (of King Artaxerxes’ reign), as I was in Shushan the citadel, 2that Hanani one of my brethren came with men from Judah; and I asked them concerning the Jews who had escaped, who had survived the captivity, and concerning Jerusalem. 3And they said to me, “The survivors who are left from the captivity in the province are there in great distress and reproach. The wall of Jerusalem is also broken down, and its gates are burned with fire.” 4So it was, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned for many days; I was fasting and praying before the Mighty One of heaven.

5And I said: “I pray, Yahweh Mighty One of heaven, O great and awesome Mighty One, You who keep Your covenant and mercy with those who love You and observe Your commandments, 6please let Your ear be attentive and Your eyes open, that You may hear the prayer of Your servant which I pray before You now, day and night, for the children of Israel Your servants, and confess the sins of the children of Israel which we have sinned against You. Both my father’s house and I have sinned. 7We have acted very corruptly against You, and have not kept the commandments, the statutes, nor the ordinances which You commanded Your servant Moses. 8Remember, I pray, the word that You commanded Your servant Moses, saying, ‘If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the nations; 9but if you return to Me, and keep My commandments and do them, though some of you were cast out to the farthest part of the heavens, yet I will gather them from there, and bring them to the place which I have chosen as a dwelling for My name.’ 10Now these are Your servants and Your people, whom You have redeemed by Your great power, and by Your strong hand. 11O Yahweh, I pray, please let Your ear be attentive to the prayer of Your servant, and to the prayer of Your servants who desire to fear Your name; and let Your servant prosper this day, I pray, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man (King Artaxerxes I).” For I was the king’s cupbearer.”

 

After this great prayer, Nehemiah proceeds to the King with fear and trembling, Nehemiah 2, “And it came to pass in the month of Nisan (first month in Hebrew calendar, spring 445 BCE), in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes (Artaxerxes I, Longimanus, fall 446 to fall 445 BCE), when wine was before him, that I took the wine and gave it to the king. Now I had never been sad in his presence before. 2Therefore the king said to me, “Why is your face sad, since you are not sick? This is nothing but sorrow of heart.”

So I became dreadfully afraid, 3and said to the king, “May the king live forever! Why should my face not be sad, when the city, the place of my fathers’ tombs, lies waste, and its gates are burned with fire?”

4Then the king said to me, “What do you request?”

So I prayed to the Mighty One of heaven. 5And I said to the king, “If it pleases the king, and if your servant has found favor in your sight, I ask that you send me to Judah, to the city of my fathers’ tombs, that I may rebuild it.”

6Then the king said to me (the queen also sitting beside him), “How long will your journey be? And when will you return?” So it pleased the king to send me; and I set him a time.

7Furthermore I said to the king, “If it pleases the king, let letters be given to me for the governors of the region beyond the (Euphrates) River, that they must permit me to pass through till I come to Judah, 8and a letter to Asaph the keeper of the king’s forest, that he must give me timber to make beams for the gates of the citadel which pertains to the temple (2nd Temple, finished and dedicated in 515 BCE), for the city wall, and for the house that I will occupy.” And the king granted them to me according to the good hand of my Mighty One upon me.

9Then I went to the governors in the region beyond the River, and gave them the king’s letters (known as the FOURTH DECREE by a Persian king to help the Hebrews). Now the king had sent captains of the army and horsemen with me. 10When Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonite official heard of it, they were deeply disturbed that a man had come to seek the well-being of the children of Israel.

11So I came to Jerusalem and was there three days. 12Then I arose in the night, I and a few men with me; I told no one what my Mighty One had put in my heart to do at Jerusalem; nor was there any animal with me, except the one on which I rode. 13And I went out by night through the Valley Gate to the Serpent Well and the Refuse Gate, and viewed the walls of Jerusalem which were broken down and its gates which were burned with fire. 14Then I went on to the Fountain Gate and to the King’s Pool, but there was no room for the animal under me to pass. 15So I went up in the night by the valley, and viewed the wall; then I turned back and entered by the Valley Gate, and so returned. 16And the officials did not know where I had gone or what I had done; I had not yet told the Jews, the priests, the nobles, the officials, or the others who did the work.

17Then I said to them, “You see the distress that we are in, how Jerusalem lies waste, and its gates are burned with fire. Come and let us build the wall of Jerusalem, that we may no longer be a reproach.” 18And I told them of the hand of my Mighty One which had been good upon me, and also of the king’s words that he had spoken to me.

So they said, “Let us rise up and build.” Then they set their hands to this good work.

19But when Sanballat the Horonite, Tobiah the Ammonite official, and Geshem the Arab heard of it, they laughed at us and despised us, and said, “What is this thing that you are doing? Will you rebel against the king?” 20So I answered them, and said to them, “The Mighty One of heaven Himself will prosper us; therefore we His servants will arise and build, but you have no heritage or right or memorial in Jerusalem.””

 

Even though the second Temple in Jerusalem had been completed and dedicated 70 years earlier, Judah and Jerusalem were still not a renewed political entity. This FOURTH DECREE by a Persian king, that sent Nehemiah to Judah as the new governor and construction project manager, helped re-establish Judah as a political realm, with its fortified capital in Jerusalem.

 

Read the books of Ezra and Nehemiah, which began as ONE book in the Scriptures, and see the wonder of how precisely and exactly this decree by King Artaxerxes I Longimanus in Nisan, 445 BCE, fulfilled Daniel 9:25. Nehemiah was sent to RESTORE Jerusalem, from a non-political city to a renewed political entity. Nehemiah was sent to REBUILD Jerusalem, which he did, by building up houses, the citadel of the Temple, and the wall and gates around Jerusalem. Verse 25 specifies the REBUILDING OF THE WALL, and the streets of Jerusalem, which Nehemiah accomplished in his 11 year, 52 day building project. And this building project was to occur in troublous times, which were provided by all the enemies of Judah living in and near Jerusalem. The Decree by King Artaxerxes I Longimanus is the ONLY DECREE by a Persian king that fulfills Daniel 9 exactly. That decree, issued in the first week of Nisan, 445 BCE, launched Daniel’s 70 weeks prophecy!!

 

173,880 prophetic days later, or 69 weeks of prophetic years of 360 days each, Yeshua rode into Jerusalem on a donkey, fulfilling Daniel 9:25 and Zechariah 9:9, “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, Lowly and riding on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey.” Most of Christendom has believed for centuries that Yeshua rode into Jerusalem, either in the spring of 30 CE or the spring of 33 CE, but now we know, through the fulfilled 69-weeks prophecy of Daniel 9:25, that Yeshua could ONLY have ridden into Jerusalem on Nisan 10, 32 CE.

 

Now, we long for and eagerly await the beginning of Daniel’s 70th week, the final 7 years of human history as we know it. But that’s a post for another day. Daniel 9:24-25 clearly depicts 3 periods of time, 7 weeks, 62 weeks, and 1 week. 69 weeks have been fulfilled, only 1 week remains to unfold in Yahweh’s prophetic timeline. We are barely into the early birth pangs now, so hold to your faith and look for Yeshua’s return!

 

Gene Benjamin II

May 6, 2012 CE