Posted 9-8-03, probably the anniversary of Jesus' birth on 9-8-BC 5
The Jehoash plaque had a crack in it. Some letters of the inscription ran through the crack. There are only two possibilities: (1) Either the letters were inscribed before the crack or (2) the letters were inscribed after the crack. Let us consider the first alternative.
If the letters were inscribed before the crack, then (a) the inscription could be authentically ancient; or (b) the forger could, at least theoretically, have created the crack after he inscribed the plaque.
In the second alternative (the letters were incised after the crack), the forger could have incised part of the letter up to the crack and then continued the remainder of the letter on the other side of the crack.
Alternatives 1(b) and 2 would be the case if the inscription were a forgery. If 1(a) applied, the inscription would be authentic.
On the face of things, 1(b) and 2 are impossible, leaving only alternative 1(a) -- that the inscription is authentic. That is, a forger could neither create the crack (after he carved the letters), nor engrave letters on two sides of an existing crack. The reason is that this stone plaque is so fragile that in either case it would have broken in two. And we have proof of this.
The plaque did break--after the police confiscated it from Oded Golan. It simply broke in two....I recently learned how in fact it did break. Amir Ganor, the IAA's chief investigator, was there when it broke, and he told me. It wasn't dropped. It was simply picked up and placed down-- lightly--on the table.
If it broke in these circumstances, it would certainly have broken if a forger had tried to engrave letters on either side of the crack. And it would have been impossible to create a crack after the forger had engraved the letters without breaking the plaque.
Since I am not a prophet, I don't predict. I just share my opinions. I'll show you why I think the foolish virgins are believers.
In Luke 12:42, the Lord spoke to the "faithful and wise steward (i.e., a saved member of the church, a wise virgin), whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season." Then in verses 45-47, he said, "But and if that servant (the same 'faithful and wise steward') say in his heart, MY LORD delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken; The lord of that servant ('the faithful and wise' virgin that has now become foolish) will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder (lit., cut him off), and will appoint him (the now foolish believer) his portion (the shortened Tribulation) with the unbelievers. And that servant (the foolish virgin), which knew his lord's will, and prepared not himself (see I John 1:9 on confessing sins), neither did according to his will (i.e., he committed sin), shall be beaten with many stripes."
Mt. 24:51 adds, "And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion (the shortened Tribulation) with the hypocrites (pretenders): there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth."
This is the same as the man that was cast outside the door for not having on "a wedding garment" in Mt. 22:1-14. The last verse says, "For many are called, but few are chosen." I take it that the "chosen" are wearing a white wedding garment.
At the time of the Pre-Trib Rapture, "they that ARE with him (the Lamb, Christ) ARE called, and chosen, and faithful" (Rev. 17:14). Those not wearing white robes of righteousness (i.e., the foolish Laodicean virgins) are cast outside the door. What door? Heaven's door that is open when Jesus says, "Come up hither" in Rev. 4:1? I think so. That is the "open door" set before the Philadelphians, for whom Jesus had no words of condemnation, in Rev. 3:8. The unrepentant Laodiceans face a closed door in Rev. 3:20.
Let's see what Matthew says. In Mt. 24:45-51, the Lord started out, "Who then is a faithful and WISE SERVANT (i.e., a believer, a wise virgin), whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods. But and if that evil servant (i.e., a carnal Christian, a foolish virgin) shall say in his heart, MY LORD delayeth his coming; And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken; The lord of that servant (the foolish virgin) shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, And shall cut him (the foolish virgin) asunder (lit., cut him off), and appoint him his portion (the shortened Tribulation) with the hypocrites (pretenders): there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth."
In Mt. 25:1-13, Jesus continues, "Then (i.e., at the Rapture, when the foolish are cut off with the 'twoedged sword' of Rev. 1:16) shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins (pure ones who have had their sins wiped off the books when they accepted Christ), which took their lamps (all 10 believers had lamps), and went forth to meet the bridegroom (only believers would go to meet Christ). And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps (maybe representing our sealing by the Holy Spirit), and took no oil (i.e., extra Holy Spirit) with them: But the wise took oil (extra Holy Spirit) in their vessels (i.e., bodies) with their lamps. While the bridegroom tarried (this period we are living through today), they all slumbered and slept.
Continuing, "And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom (Christ) cometh; go ye out to meet him. Then all those virgins (even the foolish ones) arose, and trimmed their lamps (i.e., all are burning). And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out (sbennumi, a prolonged form, i.e., are going out; sputtering, for oil alone will not relight the lamp that has gone out). But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and THEY THAT WERE READY (i.e., had enough Holy Spirit in their bodies) went in with him (Christ) to the marriage: and the door (i.e., of Heaven) was shut (as it is for the Laodiceans). Afterward (i.e., after the Pre-Trib Rapture) came also the other virgins (believers), saying, LORD LORD, open to us (the lukewarm Laodiceans know the Lord, think they have it made, but they lack 'white raiment', Rev. 3:18, i.e., robes of righteousness). But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. Watch therefore, for ye (the foolish virgins) know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh."
At the first Rapture, the 144,000 Israelites are not yet ready. By the second Rapture, the 144,000 are called "virgins", because they are "WITHOUT FAULT before the throne of God" (Rev. 14:3-5). If they are without fault, they are wise virgins.
> > You are not an easy person to rebuke because of your know it all attitude and that the Lord gave you alone some divine, special revelation. [1Tim.2.11-15] Your answers to anyone that disagrees are long and verbose
I'm sorry if I seem to have a know it all attitude. I definitely don't know everything. Wish I did, but I don't. I have just studied as hard as I can go ever since before 1960. I have learned a few things during that time, but I am still learning. God has packed so much information into that one small book that I can't solve all its mysteries in my whole lifetime. Even my 7 years of reading about an 18" stack of books every week from BIOLA's Seminary Collection didn't even answer some burning questions I had.
For instance, I wanted to know what the flaming sword that turned every way in Gen. 3:24 represented. I wanted to know what the cherubim in Eze. 1 and 10 represented. The Lord had to help me figure those out. In all those books, I didn't find one author that I thought really knew what those represented. They seemed to either leave that out or went off on a fanciful trip I couldn't believe.
As for "some divine, special revelation", the only thing that happened was that I saw a rectangle of light on Jer. 50:2 in a darkened room at twilight. The heavy lined draperies were closed, and I didn't turn on a light. I do consider that rectangle of light quite miraclulous, considering the circumstances. I had just thrown myself down across the bed with the heel of my closed Bible in my hand, saying to myself, "Why am I doing all this work? It'll probably never be published anyway." Suddenly, I was staring at the light on Jer. 50:2 about a foot from my face. I didn't do anything to even open my Bible. I couldn't have if I had tried. It happened instantly.
Jer 50:2 says, "Declare ye among the nations, and publish, and set up a standard; publish, and conceal not: say, Babylon is taken, Bel is confounded, Merodach is broken in pieces; her idols are confounded, her images are broken in pieces." I had been writing about the three Babylons all that day--Nimrod's Tower of Babel, Nebuchadnezzar's Babylon II and the False Prophet's Babylon III.
As for being verbose, I just try to show why I believe the way I do, as I have done above. I don't think of the length. Like my three books, they weren't done until I finished the story I set out to tell. I spent 23 years writing Exit: 2007; the Secret of Secrets Revealed, only about 6 months writing Heaven Found: a Butter and Honey Star, and just a few years writing Revelations 2000. That last title was Avon Book's, not mine. I called it Revelation's Secrets Revealed. Agape
Considering the depth, layer upon layer, of Scripture, I don't see how anyone can figure it all out in one lifetime. Since it is "here a little and there a little," it takes dedication to try to put all the puzzle pieces together. I understand that God did it this way so the unbelievers would "fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken" (Isa. 28:9-13).
I like discussing things by e-mail and by posting on the Internet. What one has been able to discover may be just what someone else needs to see something clearly.
Questions help sometimes too. For instance, someone wrote and asked me this question: "I am reading your pro-con 1052 in which you have posted the sky chart and I am wondering if this sky chart looked similar "in the days of Noah"." I hadn't thought to check that before. When I did, I was encouraged to check Jesus' birth, crucifixion and Pentecost, 30 AD sky charts. What I found was very interesting. I posted them tonight on Pro and Con 1054. It took some doing to arrange this. Saturn takes 29.5 years to orbit the Sun one time.
The other day, I just realized that I have been doing this 7 years. I started in 1996. Time flies when I'm doing something I'm this interested in. May God bless you richly. Agape
I believe there are two Raptures, both Pre-Trib and Pre-Wrath. They seem to bookend the shortened Tribulation. I looked up each reference you gave. Here are some of my thoughts for your consideration.
We are the temple of the Holy Spirit (I Cor. 3:16; 6:19). In the earthly temple, the Holy of Holies represented Heaven. In Eze. 41:23, "the temple and the sanctuary had TWO DOORS." As if there were two Raptures, the plural "DOORS" is used in the fig tree parable in Mt. 24:32-34. I think one of those "doors" is set before the Philadelphians in Rev. 3:8. Jesus said, "I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee AN OPEN DOOR, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name." I think this represents the "DOOR" that is opened in Heaven in Rev. 4:1, when Jesus says, "Come up hither."
John 10:7 says, "Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the DOOR OF THE SHEEP." In the Gospel in the Stars drawn up by Adam and Seth (Josephus Ant. I. II. 3), there are two sheepfolds, one smaller than the other. I think the smaller one represents the overcomers out of all nations that are caught up in the 1st Rapture (Rev. 5:9). The larger sheepfold seems to represent the great multitude that no man can number that come out of the Great Tribulation (Rev. 7:9,14).
The other door seems to be closed to the Laodiceans not wearing white raiment (Rev. 3:18-20). We can see the first door closed to the foolish virgins in Mt. 25:10. It says, "while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the DOOR WAS SHUT."
The foolish virgins are Christians, for "no man can say that Jesus in the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost" (I Cor. 12:3). They call the Bridegroom Lord. The oil represents the Holy Spirit, which is the Spirit of Christ (Rom. 8:9).
Lk. 13:25 says, "When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath SHUT TO THE DOOR, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the DOOR, saying, LORD, LORD, OPEN UNTO US; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are." Their lamps are not burning brightly to indicate where they are.
Even Psa 78:22-24 mentions "doors of heaven." It says, "Because they believed not in God, and trusted not in his salvation (yshuwah, i.e., Yeshua): Though he had commanded the clouds from above, and opened the DOORS OF HEAVEN, And had rained down manna."
Let's look at the scriptures you listed.
Isa. 26:19-21 says, "Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead. COME, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy DOORS about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until THE INDIGNATION be overpast. For, behold, the LORD cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain."
To me, this seems to cover a lot of ground, from the saints in Paradise being taken to Heaven on Resurrection Day to the Pre-Wrath Rapture on the Day of God's Wrath. Even here, doors is plural, leaving room for two Raptures.
Zephaniah 2:3 says, "Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek RIGHTEOUSNESS, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid (cathar, be absent; i.e., Raptured) in the day of the LORD'S anger."
To me that being absent is the Pre-Wrath Rapture. Zep 2:4,5 continues, "For Gaza shall be forsaken, and Ashkelon a desolation: they shall drive out Ashdod at the noon day, and Ekron shall be rooted up. Woe unto the inhabitants of the sea coast." I think the asteroid of Rev. 8:8 will impact the Mediterranean Sea at noon on the Day of God's Wrath. Therefore, the Pre-Wrath Rapture would take place in the night or morning before the impact at noon.
I agree with you that Rev. 3:10 refers to the Pre-Trib Rapture coming before the Tribulation trial that is to try men of the whole world.
Daniel 12:1 says, "And at that time (when the False Prophet shall 'come to his END,' Dan. 11:45) shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people (Israelites): and there shall be a time of trouble (the Day of God's Wrath), such as NEVER WAS since there was a nation (i.e., not even at the beginning of the Tribulation) even to that same time: and at that time (i.e., before noon on the Day of God's Wrath) thy people (i.e., the 144,000 to come out of the Great Tribulation, Rev. 7:1-14) shall be delivered (malat, ESCAPE), every one that shall be found written in the book."
Continuing, verse 2 adds, "And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake." To me, that section is talking about Rapture 2, the Rapture that is to come before noon in Zeph. 2:2-4.
I agree that IThess. 4:17 is talking about the first Rapture. It is the first "trump of God." I think I Cor. 15:51,52 refers to the last Rapture. It is the "last trump" of God, the last rank in the First Resurrection (I Cor. 15:23) that started on Resurrection Day in 30 AD.
Num 10:1-4 says, "the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Make thee TWO TRUMPETS of silver; of a whole piece shalt thou make them: that thou mayest use them for the calling of the assembly, and for the journeying of the camps. And when they shall blow with them (i.e., BOTH), all the assembly shall assemble themselves to thee at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation (Heb. 12:23). And if they blow but with ONE TRUMPET, then the princes, which are heads of the thousands of Israel (12 patriarchs and 12 apostles), shall gather themselves unto thee."
John is one of the elders. He is caught up to Heaven in the Pre-Trib Rapture (Rev. 4:1). Immediately, we see John crowned and seated with the other 23 elders in Heaven before the Tribulation starts in Rev. 6.
It seems to me that the Raptures of Enoch (a Gentile) and later, Elijah (an Israelite), represent the two Raptures. See what you think.
> > ZECHARIAH'S FLYING ROLL is a picture of the 27 satellites in outer space that track the Mark of the Beast....What could this 30X15 foot Flying Roll be, that Zechariah saw in the sky?
I think it is a binary asteroid twice as long as wide that orbits over the face of the whole Earth. Zec 5:3 says, "This is the curse that goeth forth over the face of the whole earth." When it splits apart, probably at the Roche Limit, 11,000 miles out, it will become the two asteroids of Rev. 8:8,10. I think the curse will impact Earth on the Day of God's Wrath.
Zech. 5:3,4 says, "this is the curse that goeth over the face of the earth: for everyone that stealeth (i.e., as the False Prophet of Rev. 13:11-18) shall be cut off as on this side according to it (like one stone tablet with 5 commandments on it); and everyone that sweareth (as the Beast of Rev. 13:2-10) shall be cut off as on that side according to it (like the other stone tablet with the other 5 commandments on it). I will bring it forth saith the Lord of host, and it shall enter into the house of the thief (the False Prophet), and into the house of him that sweareth falsely by my name (the Tribulation Pope that claims infallibility): and it shall remain in the midst of his house (i.e., in Babylon), and consume it with the timber thereof and the stones thereof."
Rev. 18:21 says, "a mighty angel took up a stone (i.e., an asteroid) like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all." Agape
This argument about whether or not the Genesis days of creation are literal days is way off base for one reason...
Since the 24 hour day has to do with the Earth's rotation in reference to the Sun, we cannot have a literal 24 hour day until the sun has been placed in the heavens. That wasn't done until day 4. So the first three days of creation could be long days that lasted actually thousands if not millions of years in length and when these ages were done, then God pronounced them complete.
These first three days could have an evening and a morning in relation to God and how long He wanted them to be, but they cannot by definition be 24 hour days because there is no sun in the heavens at this point.
The light created on the first day was not sunlight...it was the Shekinnah.
I look at this differently. I'll try to explain how I think when I read Genesis 1.
In the first chapter, God "created" some things and "made" others. Gen. 2:4 says, "God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created (bara, created in the first place) and made (asah, made, or arranged, out of existing materials)."
"Bara" is only used 3 times in Gen. 1, for the beginning in verse 1, for the creation of animal life in verse 21, and for the creation of Adam and Eve in verse 27. Otherwise, the word used is "asah," made out of existing materials.
"In the beginning, God created (bara) the heaven (heavens) and the earth." The Sun was already there in verse 1. That creation was finished.
In verse 2, "the earth was (hayah, form of 'to be,' used when there is a change, i.e., the original earth changed, it became) without form, and void (tohu and bohu, waste and desolation); and darkness was (no hayah used here, because there was no change at this point, just a statement of fact) upon the face of the deep."
The earth became waste and desolation before "the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters" to begin the refreshing that would make Earth a fit habitation for mankind. In verse 3, when "God said, Let there be light, it was daylight, for in verse 5, "God called the light Day" (i.e., Day light). Daylight comes from the Sun.
On the third day, "God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree." The seeds were already in the earth. They did not need to be created again.
The "Night" was a normal night caused by the rotation of the Earth. Otherwise, the Earth would have changed its course, and the plant life would have died in the darkness. The Sun is necessary for grass, herbs and fruit trees.
Not until the day after the plants were established did God say, "Let there be lights in the firmament (expanse of space) of the heaven to divide the day from the night" (v. 14).
The firmament already existed. In verses 6 and 7, "God said, Let there be a firmament (expanse of space) in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters (i.e., of Earth) from the waters (i.e., of Heaven). And God made (asah, made by rearranging existing things) the firmament."
Eze 1:26 says, "above the firmament that was over their heads (i.e., farther out in space than the terrestrial planets orbiting in concentric rings around the Sun, the 'fire infolding itself' with amber 'brightness,' nogahh, brilliant shining, 'about it' of Eze. 1:4) was the likeness (symbolic language) of a throne, as the appearance of a sapphire stone: and upon the likeness of the throne was the likeness as the appearance of a man (i.e., Yeshua, the Son of God) above upon it."
Sapphire means dear to the planet Saturn (a stone, or planet), from the Sanskrit Sani, Saturn, and priya, dear. I think part of the waters that are above this firmament form Saturn's rings.
Eze 1:27,28 says, "And I saw as the colour of amber, as the appearance of fire round about within it, from the appearance of his loins (i.e., from the equator) even upward, and from the appearance of his loins (i.e., from the equator) even downward, I saw as it were the appearance of fire (i.e., the amber color of reflected sunlight), and it had brightness (i.e., the ring system) round about. As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about."
The Sun shining on ice crystals brings out the colors, both in the rainbow and the rings of Saturn. I think the Sun was shining when God divided the waters above from the waters below in Genesis 1:6-8.
In Gen. 1:14-16, there is no "bara," no new creation. "God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. And God made (asah, made or arranged out of existing materials) two great lights; the greater light to rule the day (i.e., giving us daylight), and the lesser light to rule the night."
What happened was that the haze in the sky was cleared enough for the previously existing Sun to appear.
Isa 45:18 says, "thus saith the LORD that created (bara) the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made (asah, made out of existing materials) it; he hath established (kuwn, set up) it, he created (bara) it not in vain (tohu, waste), he formed it to be inhabited."
I think the original creation was good and that it was inhabited. The Sun was necessary for life, then as now.
Gen 2:1-6 says, "Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made (asah, made of existing material, i.e., refreshed); and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made (asah, i.e., from day one in Gen. 1:3-5, during that one week). And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created (bara, i.e., sealife and man, 1:21,27) and made (asah, i.e., refashioned). These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created (bara, i.e., in the beginning, 1:1), in the day that the LORD God made (asah, i.e., refashioned during one week) the earth and the heavens, And every plant of THE FIELD BEFORE (terem, from a root meaning to interrupt or suspend, i.e., the previous kosmos, orderly arrangement, 'world', Mt. 13:38) IT was in the earth, and every herb of THE FIELD BEFORE IT grew (on day three; Gen. 1:11,12): for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground. But there went up a mist ('ed, fog) from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground."
After "the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit" on day three (1:12), the Sun was seen on day four as the Lord caused heat to burn through the fog. Shalom and agape
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