Revelation often instills fear because it has some disturbing and confusing imagery. Yet, Yeshua does not want anyone to be afraid of Yochanan’s vision. A blessing is promised for reading, hearing, and obeying the words of this prophecy. Imagine the blessing that comes from actually understanding the prophetic words in their cultural context and original language! To be as authentic as possible, Hebrew words and names will be used throughout the study. This helps keep the Scriptures in their original perspective; may it add a new dimension to your study. I also find fascinating the meanings behind the original Hebrew letters that form a Hebrew Word Picture so I include word pictures to give a little different perspective of some words.
In Hebrew, each letter has a word picture based on its shape. After learning the word pictures through the book Hebrew Word Pictures by Frank T. Seekins, I replaced the ‘roman numerals’ of the 10 Commandments with the numerical word pictures. In this way, I saw the commands in a new and unique way. This is how I taught my children the 10 Commandments after teaching them the Hebrew alphabet. Remembering a concept with a letter was easier than remembering the order and phrases of the commands.
Prayer begins with acknowledging the Creator of the Universe who is our Father in heaven, followed by sanctifying His ‘set apart’ Name, yod-hey-vav-hey. The coming Kingdom of God is the rule of God’s Spirit in, through, and over the hearts of mankind. This is the complete fulfillment of the new covenant that will bring forth God’s will on earth as it is accomplished in the heavenly realm.
It is important to note that the boundaries of city of Jerusalem in the days of Nehemiah were very different, and much smaller, from modern times. Some gates had different names; other gates didn’t exist or exist now. The layout of the city went south into the City of David or Mount Zion rather than west towards what is known today as the Old City. Excavations of the Broad Wall are found near the center of the Jewish Quarter near the Hurva Synagogue.