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The Birth of The King

On the first night of Hanukkah, an angel appeared

To Miriam in Nazareth and said, ‘Have no fear.’

You are highly favored so please don’t frown

The ‘appointed time’ for heaven come to earth is now.

God favored Miriam above all others

She would become Immanuel’s mother

The Spirit of God placed a baby in her womb

And Miriam worshiped El Elyon with a tune.

She ran to the hills, her cousin surprised

Miriam not only saw it in her eyes,

But, jumping in her womb Elisheva’s baby

Made is clear Miriam was a special lady. 

Yosef feared to make Miriam his bride

He was confused as to why she would tell him a lie.

But an angel came to him in a dream

Saying, “Things aren’t always as they seem.”

He told Yosef to name his coming son

Yeshua, the name of ‘salvation’ for everyone.

The name was given from God Most High

His heavenly Father he would glorify.

Now, the king of the land wanted to count

How many men in his kingdom;  he needed an amount.

So Yosef and Mary riding a donkey they went

Miles and miles to the town of Bethlehem.

Miriam’s baby was born one night

In swaddling cloths she wrapped him tight.

In a sukkah with hay he lay sound asleep

Not once did he struggle or make a peep.

Shepherds were grazing temple sheep on a hill

When they heard voices that gave them a chill. 

Above the Migdal Eder an angel throng

Shared the good news of Messiah with a song.

“From the highest heaven to the nations on earth

Shalom to you and go view the birth;

Salvation in flesh for everyone to see.”

They ran and worshipped him on bended knee.

Eight days later and circumcision the rite

Yosef named the infant in everyone’s sight.

As he was told by the angel sent from above

He named him ‘Yeshua’ with his Father’s love. 

Many months after arrived some faraway kings

Who brought the boy Yeshua some special things.

Resin of myrrh, frankincense, and gold

For the new king of Isra’el they wanted to behold.

The days of Sukkot were the time of his birth.

The Living Yeshua still brings shalom to the earth. 

He brings hope and forgiveness to me and to you

And remains forever the King of the Jews. 

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Revelation Chapter 22 – The Promise of Messiah

“Next the angel showed me the river of the water of life, sparkling like crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb.”

“A river went out of ‘Eden to water the garden, and from there it divided into four streams. The name of the first is Pishon; it winds throughout the land of Havilah, where there is gold. The gold of that land is good; aromatic resin and onyx stone are also found there. The name of the second river is Gichon; it winds throughout the land of Kush. The name of the third river is Tigris; it is the one that flows toward the east of Ashur. The fourth river is the Euphrates” (Genesis 2:10-14).

The revelation to Yochanan continues with the ‘river of life,’ flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the beginning at the creation, there was a river that went out of Gan ‘Eden and watered the garden. It divided into four streams or water sources: Pishon, Gichon, Tigris and Euphrates.

The name Pishon in Hebrew means ‘press on, break forth and spring forward.’ Some scholars believe this river originated from a spring and created a type of delta. The Pishon flowed through Havilah where there was gold, pure gold. Havilah means ‘to whirl in a circular motion’ in Hebrew. It also means ‘sand.’

The Gichon in Hebrew means ‘bursting forth.’ It is also the name of a spring near Jerusalem, the Gichon spring from where the priests gather water for the festival of Tabernacles. The land of Kush today is considered Ethiopia.

The Tigris in Hebrew is hiddekel and means ‘rapid.’ This river flowed east toward Assyria or northern Mesopotamia. This river rises in the mountains of Armenia and flows southeast.

The Euphrates in perat and means ‘fruitful.’ This is the longest river of western Asia and also comes out of the Armenian mountains and flows into the Persian Gulf.

“On that day, fresh water will flow out from Yerushalayim, half toward the eastern sea and half toward the western sea, both summer and winter. Then Adonai will be king over the whole world. On that day Adonai will be the only one, and his name will be the only name” (Zechariah 14:8-9).

In some capacity these rivers and springs continue to exist today, if not in name only. The prophet Zechariah then prophesies about the Millennial Kingdom and a river of fresh water flowing out of Jerusalem. According to Ezekiel (chapter 47), the river will bring life to the Dead Sea. At that time, Yeshua will be King over the whole world and his name the only name.

Recently, I read a question from someone about the location of the ‘beast government’ or something similar. The response was that there will be an earthquake when Yeshua returns, an earthquake that will change the geography of the whole earth so what we see and know now will change drastically. So, even though the geographical names may remain the same, the actual geography may not be the same. This concept also covers what the earth was like before the flood and what it was like after.

When there is the ‘new heaven and new earth,’ the River of Life will flow again. It will flow from the life-giving throne of Yeshua. His throne will be in the New Jerusalem where kings of the earth will bring their splendor. The river flowing from Jerusalem in the Millennial Kingdom will be the beginning of the restoration of Paradise that follows in the New Jerusalem that comes down out of heaven.

“Between the main street and the river was the Tree of Life producing twelve kinds of fruit, a different kind every month; and the leaves of the tree were for healing the nations — no longer will there be any curses.”

Between the main street of pure transparent gold and the River of Life is the Tree of Life or the Etz Chayim. Because Adam and Chava ate from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, mankind has only had a ‘taste’ of the fruit from the Etz Chayim. But, now the Tree of Life will be the food source for the inhabitants of the New Jerusalem.

According to Judaism, the Etz Chayim is the Torah. This concept comes from Proverbs 3 in which King Solomon reminds his son that the commandments of Adonai impart life, peace, grace, truth and ultimately wisdom. It is the wisdom learned from Torah that is the Etz Chayim.

“She [wisdom] is a tree of life to those who grasp her; whoever holds fast to her will be made happy” (Proverbs 3:18).

With the Etz Chayim in the middle of the city, there is no longer a need for Torah. This is why Yeshua says that Torah will not be removed until glorified men and women can eternally eat the fruit from the Tree of Life.

The Etz Chayim produces 12 kinds of fruit, a different kind every month. These fruits will be edible and I speculate that the fruits will include love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control – the fruits of the Spirit. I also believe they will fruits that direct the way of living an eternal holy life. It could be considered a “New Jerusalem” halacha.

In the beginning, Adam and Chava were told to be ‘fruitful and multiply.’ Perhaps bearing monthly ‘fruit’ will include child bearing in the way it was meant to be before sin and death entered the world. Whatever the specifics of the fruit, it will sustain eternal life.

The leaves of the fruit on the Etz Chayil will heal the nations. The prophet Ezekiel talks about the leaves on the trees that will also have ‘healing’ properties.’ The Hebrew the word for ‘healing’ in Ezekiel is teruphah meaning ‘medicine.’ The Hebrew word for ‘heal’ in Revelation is marpha and means ‘healer’ in the sense of ‘faith healing’ or ‘alternative medicine.’

“On both riverbanks will grow all kinds of trees for food; their leaves will not dry up, nor will their fruit fail. There will be a different kind of fruit each month, because the water flows from the sanctuary, so that this fruit will be edible, and the leaves will have healing properties” (Ezekiel 47:12).

In the days before ‘western medicine,’ leaves from herbs and trees were used for healing purposes. In Biblical times, olive leaves were used to heal the skin and reduce fevers. Willow leaves and bark reduce pain. Comfrey leaves are used for muscle sprains, bruises and inflammation. Essential oils have become very popular and many of these oils are made from the leaves of plants. Dr. David Steward wrote a fascinating book entitled, Healing Oils of the Bible which describes the healing properties of the many oils mentioned in the Bible.

Yet, why do the nations need ‘healing’ in eternity where there is no pain or sorrow? The Greek word for ‘healing’ in this verse is therapeia and means ‘attention, medical service.’ A deeper look into the word gives the unique purpose of glorifying Adonai in a healing capacity. The ‘healing’ leaves may have a two-fold purpose: to heal the kings of the nations that remain mortal and to ensure not just eternal life, but also eternal health.

Using both the Greek and Hebrew words, the leaves will be used as a type of ‘faith healing’ by the El Rapha or the God of Healing, Yeshua, in order to glorify Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh.

Hebrew Word Pictures

Etz Chayil or אץ חיל

Aleph is the picture of an ‘ox’ and means ‘first, strong.’

Tzade is a picture of a ‘fishhook’ and means ‘to draw toward.’

Chet is a picture of a ‘fence’ and means ‘to protect’ and ‘inner room.’

Yod is a picture of a ‘closed hand’ and means ‘finished work.’

Lamed is a picture of a ‘shepherd’s staff’ and means ‘one who leads.’

The Etz Chayil or Tree of Life: ‘the first strength to draw toward the inner room, the finished work of the one who leads.’

“The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will worship him; they will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads.”

The servants will worship the El Elyon, the El Shaddai. They will see His face in the ‘face of the Yeshua.’ In the Hebrew, the Alef Tav is placed between ‘see’ and ‘face’ bringing Yeshua into the vision. His name, the yod hey vav hey, will be on their foreheads which is part of the reward given to the congregation in Philadelphia.

“Night will no longer exist, so they will need neither the light of a lamp nor the light of the sun, because Adonai, God, will shine upon them. And they will reign as kings forever and ever.”

In the New Jerusalem, there will be no day or night. There will be no lamp or the light of the sun. Yahweh Elohim will shine ‘His face’ upon those in the New Jerusalem just as He put His Name upon them in the priestly blessing.

“Speak to Aharon and his sons, and tell them that this is how you are to bless the people of Isra’el: you are to say to them, ‘Y’varekh’kha Adonai v’yishmerekha. [May Adonai bless you and keep you.] Ya’er Adonai panav eleikha vichunekka. [May Adonai make his face shine on you and show you his favor.] Yissa Adonai panav eleikha v’yasem l’kha shalom. [May Adonai lift up his face toward you and give you peace.]’ “In this way they are to put my name on the people of Isra’el, so that I will bless them” (Numbers 6:22-26).

Those who are glorified and live in the New Jerusalem will reign as kings forever and ever. This adds more perspective on the kings who will bring their splendor into the New Jerusalem. It also gives more insight as to why the ‘nations’ will need healing from the leaves of the Etz Chayil from their eternal kings.

“Don’t you know that God’s people are going to judge the universe? … Don’t you know that we will judge angels, not to mention affairs of everyday life?” (1 Corinthians 6:2-3).

“Then he said to me, “These words are true and trustworthy: Adonai, God of the spirits of the prophets, sent his angel to show his servants the things that must happen soon. Look! I am coming very soon. Blessed is the person who obeys the words of the prophecy written in this book!”

Yeshua is returning soon with each passing day. Every word in this prophecy can be trusted because they are emet – true. It was through the spirit of prophecy that a messenger was sent to Yochanan in order to reveal events surrounding the days of Yeshua that ‘must happen soon.’

The messenger of Yeshua also states that those who ‘obey the words of the prophecy written in this book will be blessed.’ In Hebrew the word for ‘obey’ is shamar or ‘guardian’ and means to ‘watch, keep, and preserve.’ Those who keep watch, guard over, and preserve the words in this prophetic book will be blessed. Reflecting back to chapter 1 verse 3, Yeshua begins his revelation to Yochanan by stating that those who ‘read and hear the words’ of the prophecy and ‘guard over, watch, and preserve the words, will be blessed.

Accordingly, at the very end of this chapter, Yeshua issues a serious warning about adding to or taking away anything from this word of prophecy. In other words, if the prophecy isn’t guarded and protected, the consequence of such action will be a loss to a share in the Etz Chayil and eternal life in the New Jerusalem.

I warn everyone hearing the words of the prophecy in this book that if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues written in this book .And if anyone takes anything away from the words in the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the Tree of Life and the holy city, as described in this book.”

Hearing the words of the messenger, Yochanan falls down to worship at the feet of the angel. Recently in a discussion someone asked how to discern whether a holy presence is the ‘Angel of the LORD, Yeshua’ or just an angel because both will bring on ‘fear.’ The answer given was that an angel will tell you to stand up and not to worship them; Yeshua will receive your worship.

The angel compares himself to Yochanan as a servant of Elohim along with the other disciples, the prophets and those who guard the words in this prophecy. He then says, “Kneel, bow before Elohim”.

“Then I, Yochanan, the one hearing and seeing these things, when I heard and saw them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel showing them to me. But he said to me, “Don’t do that! I am only a fellow-servant with you and your brothers, the prophets and the people who obey the words in this book. Worship God!”

The messenger of Yeshua tells Yochanan that ‘guarding’ the words of the prophecy does not mean ‘sealing’ it up so no one can read them. It is not only important that the words be ‘guarded,’ but also read. Both receive a blessing.

“Whoever keeps acting wickedly, let him go on acting wickedly; whoever is filthy, let him go on being made filthy. Also, whoever is righteous, let him go on doing what is righteous; and whoever is holy, let him go on being made holy.”

In the interim until the prophecies of judgment and restoration in the book come to pass, those who act wickedly will continue to act wickedly. In Greek the word for ‘wicked’ means ‘to act against the law/Torah“. There will be those who are lawless, anti-Torah, have the spirit of anti-christ and will continue on the direction that path leads. The Greek word for ‘filthy’ means ‘to be defiled with iniquity.’ ‘Iniquity’ in Hebrew is avon and means ‘to be guilty and in need of punishment for breaking the law.’ The iniquity in one’s heart comes out in one’s actions. There are those who will sin through immoral acts and will continue to sin immorally.

The Greek word for ‘righteous’ means to ‘adhere to divine law’ and ‘keeping the commands of God.’ Those who are righteous will gain wisdom from the Torah, the symbolic Tree of Life. They will keep the commands of Elohim from Genesis through Revelation with wisdom and understanding. The Greek phrase for ‘keep doing what is righteous’ is they will practice righteousness which means they will practice keeping the commands of Adonai as their lifestyle. They will be ‘innocent, faultless, without guilt and approved by Elohim. Those who are righteous, keeping the commands of Adonai will continue to do so.

The Greek word for ‘holy’ means to ‘be in likeness and nature of the Yeshua, different from the world.’ The Greek word is similar to the Hebrew word kadosh and suggests being ‘set apart from the world’ for Elohim. Those who have chosen to be ‘holy as He is holy’ will continue to walk in holiness, separate from the world for the purposes of Elohim.

“Pay attention!” [says Yeshua,] “I am coming soon, and my rewards are with me to give to each person according to what he has done.”

When Yeshua begins speaking again, he says, ‘Behold’ or “Pay attention!” In Hebrew the word is hineni. This word is first used in Genesis when Elohim points out all of the plants that He was giving Adam for food saying. “Look here, I’m pointing this out to you!”

The uses of hineni also means, “Here I am, send me!” It implies a complete readiness to do the will of Adonai. Joseph used ‘hineni’ when Ya’akov called him to go look for his brothers and ultimately that event began the move of Isra’el and his family to Egypt. Moshe said ‘hineni’ when Elohim called to him from the burning bush which began the deliverance of Isra’el from Egypt.

Yeshua is returning soon. When he comes he will be complete the will of his Father and bring the rewards he promised to those in the congregations in Ephesus, Pergamum, Sardis, Thyatira, Smyrna, Philadelphia and Laodicea who had ears to hear what the Ruach haKodesh said to each of them.

The prophet Isaiah wrote about rewards from Adonai:

“Here comes Adonai Elohim with power, and his arm [Yeshua] will rule for him. Look! His reward is with him, and his recompense is before him” (Isaiah 40:10).

“Adonai has proclaimed to the end of the earth, “Say to the daughter of Tziyon, ‘Here, your Salvation is coming! Here, his reward is with him, and his recompense is before him'” (Isaiah 62:11).

Daniel is promised a reward at the resurrection at the end of days:

But you, go your way until the end comes. Then you will rest and rise for your reward, at the end of days” (Daniel 12:13).

Sha’ul teaches the believers in Corinth about rewards which are based on how each person builds on the foundation. Ephesians 2 describes the foundation as the teachings of the apostles and prophets (Moshe included) and Yeshua as the Cornerstone. How each person builds and grows through the teachings of the prophets and the apostles determines their eternal reward. Some will receive a reward; others will suffer loss only to escape the fire of refinement with only their free gift of eternal life.

“Each [person] will be rewarded according to his work. For we are God’s co-workers; you are God’s field, God’s building. Using the grace God gave me, I [Sha’ul] laid a foundation, like a skilled master-builder; and another man is building on it. But let each one be careful how he builds. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Yeshua the Messiah. Some will use gold, silver or precious stones in building on this foundation; while others will use wood, grass or straw. But each one’s work will be shown for what it is; the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire — the fire will test the quality of each one’s work. If the work someone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward; if it is burned up, he will have to bear the loss: he will still escape with his life, but it will be like escaping through a fire” (1 Corinthians 3:8-15).

There is similar reward to what Yeshua teaches in Matthew 5:18-19 regarding how the Torah is taught.

“Yes indeed! I tell you that until heaven and earth pass away, not so much as a yud or a stroke will pass from the Torah — not until everything that must happen has happened. So whoever disobeys the least of these mitzvot and teaches others to do so will be called the least in the Kingdom of Heaven. But whoever obeys them and so teaches will be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven.”

Genesis 15:1 promises a great reward for Avraham:

“Some time later the word of Adonai came to Avram in a vision: “Don’t be afraid, Avram. I am your protector; your reward will be very great” (Genesis 15:1).

Following are the rewards for the congregations according to the messages sent by Yeshua. Rewards have great importance in the coming Kingdom because it is important in this world to build on the foundation, grow in faith and trust, teach others the commands of Torah, and strive for the upward high calling in Messiah Yeshua and win the victory!

“Those who have ears [in Ephesus], let them hear what the Spirit is saying to the Messianic communities. To him winning the victory I will give the right to eat from the Tree of Life which is in God’s Gan-‘Eden” (Revelation 2:7).

“Those who have ears [in Smyrna], let them hear what the Spirit is saying to the Messianic communities. He who wins the victory will not be hurt at all by the second death'” (Revelation 2:11).

“Those [in Pergamum] who have ears, let them hear what the Spirit is saying to the Messianic communities. To him winning the victory I will give some of the hidden man. I will also give him a white stone, on which is written a new name that nobody knows except the one receiving it”” (Revelation 2:17).

“But to the rest of you [in Thyatira], to those who do not hold this teaching, who have not learned what some people call the ‘deep things’ of the Adversary, I say this: I am not loading you up with another burden; only hold fast to what you have until I come. To him who wins the victory and does what I want until the goal is reached, I will give him authority over the nations; he will rule them with a staff of iron and dash them to pieces like pottery, just as I have received authority from my Father. I will also give him the morning star. Those who have ears, let them hear what the Spirit is saying to the Messianic communities”” (Revelation 2:24-28).

“He who wins the victory [in Sardis] will, like them, be dressed in white clothing; and I will not blot his name out of the Book of Life; in fact, I will acknowledge him individually before my Father and before his angels. Those who have ears, let them hear what the Spirit is saying to the Messianic communities”‘ (Revelation 3:5-6).

“I will make him [in Philadelphia] who wins the victory a pillar in the Temple of my God, and he will never leave it. Also I will write on him the name of my God and the name of my God’s city, the new Yerushalayim coming down out of heaven from my God, and my own new name. Those who have ears, let them hear what the Spirit is saying to the Messianic communities”‘ (Revelation 3:11-13).

“I will let him [in Laodicea] who wins the victory sit with me on my throne, just as I myself also won the victory and sat down with my Father on his throne. Those who have ears, let them hear what the Spirit is saying to the Messianic communities”‘” (Revelation 3:20-22).

“I am the ‘A’ and the ‘Z,’ the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”

In Revelation 1:8 and 21:6 as in this verse, Yeshua doesn’t call himself the ‘A and the Z,’ the first and last letters of the Latin alphabet because he didn’t speak Latin or Old English; he also didn’t call himself the ‘Alpha and Omega’ because he didn’t speak Greek. He calls himself the ‘Alef and the Tav’ the first and last letters of the Hebrew alphabet. Though the idea of being the ‘first and the last’ letters of any alphabet may not seem important regarding language, it does when put in its Hebrew context.

Found throughout the Hebrew Scriptures are the two letters alef and tav – את – without any particular ‘meaning’ or ‘purpose.’ Some consider it a type of modifier, but its appearance within verses has no specific purpose. It is at the beginning and end of Revelation that Yeshua clarifies the purpose and meaning of those two letters – HE is the Alef and Tav, the beginning and the end. He was with Elohim in the beginning as the spoken Word; he is at the end sitting on the throne as the King of all Creation.

Hebrew Letter Pictures

These two letters also have significance in the Hebrew Letter Pictures giving more insight into who Yeshua is claiming to be.

א Alef is a letter picture of an ‘ox’ and means ‘strong or first.’

ת Tav is a letter picture of ‘crossed sticks’ and means ‘sign’ or ‘covenant.’

The word picture for alef tav is: first, strong sign of the covenant.

Yeshua is the first and strongest sign of the covenant found throughout the Hebrew Scriptures. He is in the beginning, in the middle, in the end. To remove those letters, to change those letters is to change his essence, his appearance, and his identity within the Hebrew Scriptures.

How blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they have the right to eat from the Tree of Life and go through the gates into the city!”

Another blessing is given to those who wash their robes. This is an action that individuals do – wash their robes. Sardis was rebuked for having soiled clothes. These soiled clothes could result in their name being blotted out of the Book of Life. Without one’s name written in the Book of Life, they cannot enter the gates of the New Jerusalem and eat from the Tree of Life.

Soiled clothes begins with being contaminated by the ways of the world. This requires effort on the part of the virgins to understand what it means to remain pure and holy in the world with oil in their lamps. It is gaining the understanding of what it means to live in the world, but not to take part in its lawless, pagan ways. It means to have discernment about mixing the holy and the profane, the holy and the ‘unclean.’

Sha’ul wrote to the Corinthians that he desired to present them as a pure and holy Bride, but worried some may be led astray by deceiving doctrines. It’s not an easy task to keep one’s robe unspotted from false and deceiving teachings, but one cannot begin to keep from being contaminated if they adhere to many of the doctrines taught in the modern-day church that completely contradict the Word of God. The deception began in the Garden with the serpent asking, “Did God really say?” And, it continues today with the same question, but with an answer that believes Adonai has changed his mind about His commandments, His Etz Chayil in the life of one who claims to follow His Son. Those willing to acknowledge they have soiled robes will wash their robes and remove the defilement of pagan traditions and the spots of twisted Truths. They will be considered victorious and receive the blessing of entering the New Jerusalem through its gates named after a Tribe of Isra’el. They will receive the blessing of eating the fruit from the Tree of Life.

“If it seems bad to you to serve Adonai, then choose today whom you are going to serve! Will it be the gods your ancestors [church fathers] served beyond the River? or the gods of the Emori [councils of Nicea or Laodicea], in whose land you are living? As for me and my household, we will serve Adonai [the yod hey vav hey!]” (Joshua 24:15).

Outside are the homosexuals, those involved with the occult and with drugs, the sexually immoral, murderers, idol-worshippers, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.”

For those who choose to remain spotted, not cleaning their own robe, they will find themselves outside the city gates. Outside the New Jerusalem are those who lived contrary to the teachings and instructions of Elohim, who rebelled when He spoke His Word to their heart. Perhaps the argument could be made that these people are those who have ‘eternal life,’ refused to repent and change their way of worshipping Elohim. They lose all reward and are just ‘saved’ out of the lake of burning fire and sulfur.

Those who are sexually immoral as well as homosexual may not enter the city. Those who are involved in ‘sorcery’ also must remain outside the city of eternal perfection. The Greek word for ‘sorcery’ is pharmakeia and means ‘the use of medicine, drugs or spells.’ More specifically, pharmakeia means ‘to poison’ and includes hallucinations from drugs. The noun Pharmakeus is known as pharmacist and means ‘poisoner.’ Pharmaceuticals are nothing more than ‘drugs’ given by pharmacists to ‘poison’ the human body. The vaccine given for the Kung Flu is causing hallucinations in some people along with other physical conditions. ‘Sorcery’ is always used in connection with ‘idolatry’ or placing someone or something higher than the God of Isra’el and His Word of Truth.

“I, Yeshua, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the Messianic communities. I am the Root and Offspring of David, the bright Morning Star.”

Yeshua calls himself the ‘root’ and ‘offspring’ of David. The ‘root’ of David is the Tribe of Judah. The ‘offspring’ of David means that Yeshua came from the lineage of David’s father, Jesse, and whose grandfather was Obed, the son of Boaz and Ruth. He was ‘in the beginning’ as the ‘root’ and he is ‘at the end’ as the ‘offspring.’

“But a branch will emerge from the trunk of Yishai, a shoot will grow from his roots … On that day the root of Yishai, which stands as a banner for the peoples — the Goyim will seek him out, and the place where he rests will be glorious” (Isaiah 11:1, 10).

Yeshua calls himself the ‘bright Morning Star.’ In keeping with astronomical signs throughout Revelation, the bright morning star is the planet Venus as seen just before dawn. This planet/star is a reference to the prophetic word that lights our hearts until the Day of Messiah arrives. It is the continual hope of his coming. Those in Thyatira who are victorious over the false prophetess of Jezebel and her lawless, occultic practices will be given authority over the nations and the Morning Star, Yeshua himself, as their reward (Revelation 2:27-28).

“Yes, we have the prophetic Word made very certain. You will do well to pay attention to it as to a light shining in a dark, murky place, until the Day dawns and the Morning Star rises in your hearts” (2 Peter 1:2).

“The Spirit and the Bride say, ‘Come!’ Let anyone who hears say, ‘Come!’ And let anyone who is thirsty come — let anyone who wishes, take the water of life free of charge.”

Isaiah 55:1 says, “All you who are thirsty, come to the water!” Yeshua quoted Isaiah when he attended the water pouring ceremony during Feast of Tabernacles. However, he directed the attention to himself and the Spirit that would be poured out after he was resurrected and glorified. Not only does the Ruach haKodesh offer living water, but also the Bride of Messiah who also has been glorified and filled with rivers of living water flowing from her inmost being to the nations outside the New Jerusalem.

“Now on the last day of the festival, Hoshana Rabbah, Yeshua stood and cried out, “If anyone is thirsty, let him keep coming to me and drinking! Whoever puts his trust in me, as the Scripture says, rivers of living water will flow from his inmost being!” (Now he said this about the Spirit, whom those who trusted in him were to receive later — the Spirit had not yet been given, because Yeshua had not yet been glorified.)” (John 7:37-39).

 “The one who is testifying to these things says, ‘Yes, I am coming soon!’”

In order to establish any matter, all things must have a witness of two. Yochanan is one witness, another is the angel sent by Yeshua, and the last and most important witness is Yeshua himself. He repeats that he is coming soon to establish his return as Truth, a fact in which we can put our hope.

Amen! Come, Lord Yeshua!

Omein! The Hebrew word is alef mem nun and means ‘so be it!’ The first time aman appears in Scripture is Numbers 5:22. In Hebrew it literally means ‘to support or confirm, to be reliable or established, or to believe someone or something.’ From its root comes emunah or ‘faithfulness.’ Thus, the return is confirmed, reliable, established and to be believed because it was spoken by Yeshua himself.

In spite of this meaning, there is nowhere in Scripture that any prophet, apostles or Yeshua taught to end prayers with ‘omein.’ According to a footnote for Matthew 6:13, Yeshua didn’t end the Disciples’ Prayer with omein. There are some who claim that the original manuscript of Revelation also did not use ‘omein.’ This is a Greek addition to these specific Scriptures.

Hebrew Word Pictures

Alef is a picture of an ‘ox’ and means ‘first, strong.’

Mem is a picture of ‘water’ and means ‘mighty’ or ‘chaos.’

Nun is a picture of a ‘fish’ and means ‘life.’

Omein means: first, mighty life.

Come Lord Yeshua. This is the hope of everyone who puts their faith and trust in the Messiah of Isra’el. In Hebrew this phrase is Bo Mashiach. So, yes, Come Yeshua. May it be so in our day, in our lifetime.

Yeshua said to his brothers and sisters in Jerusalem that they would not see him again until they welcomed him back. So, “Baruch haba b’shem Adonai.” Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD.

“May the grace of the Lord Yeshua be with all!

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Revelation Chapter 21 – The Restoration and Renewal

“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had passed away, and the sea was no longer there.”

““For, look! I create new heavens and a new earth; past things will not be remembered, they will no more come to mind” (Isaiah 65:17).

This chapter begins with the revelation of a ‘new heaven and a new earth.’ First, the Hebrew word for ‘new’ in this verse and in Isaiah is chadash and means ‘to renew.’ The Greek word is kainos and means ‘fresh’ like in a ‘fresh start.’ Accordingly, the old heaven and earth will pass away and receive a renewed, fresh start.

In Matthew 5:17-18 Yeshua says that nothing from the Torah will pass away until there is a ‘new heaven and new earth.’ This is the point when Elohim’s Torah will not longer be used or needed as ‘teachings and instructions’ for life. At this time, the greatest and least in the Kingdom will have already been determined by who taught the least of the commandments and who taught the greatest. Those who taught the removal of commandments will suffer a great loss, the Kingdom. At this time, King Messiah will have had his reign from the ‘old’ Jersualem for 1000 years with his royal priesthood serving alongside of the Levitical priesthood. It was not at the cross when the Torah and all of its statuetes and ordinances was removed, but at the restoration of the heavens and the earth to what they were ‘in the beginning.’

This is also the reasoning behind Hebrews 8:13 in its correct context. Nowhere does the one who wrote Hebrews suggest that the ‘old’ was ‘done away with,’ but says it is in the process of aging until it vanishes altogether. Hebrews was written well after after Yeshua’s death and resurrection so it could not be referring to Yeshua’s removal of Torah or any of the ‘eternal’ covenants. It is only at the time of the ‘new heaven and earth’ that the ordinances involving the Temple service, the Levitical priesthood, and the sacrificial offerings are no longer necessary. Why? Because, according to later verses, there will no longer be a Temple.

“By using the term, “new,” he has made the first covenant “old”; and something being made old, something in the process of aging, is on its way to vanishing altogether.”

According to the prophet Isaiah, there are specifically several ‘old testament’ prophecies of Elohim that will remain into the ‘new heaven and earth.’ The descendants of Isra’el will continue along with their names. The Rosh Chodesh or New Moon celebration and the Shabbat will also continue with everyone living worshiping together in the presence of Adonai.

“For just as the new heavens and the new earth that I am making will continue in my presence,” says Adonai, “so will your descendants and your name continue. Every month on Rosh-Hodesh and every week on Shabbat, everyone living will come to worship in my presence,” says Adonai” (Isaiah 66:22-23).

The writer of Hebrews 4 is very clear about the Sabbath ‘day’ still remaining. This is ultimately the prophetic vision of the eternal Shabbat of Revelation 21 being restored, but is also a serious reminder that entering seventh-day Sabbath in its earthly context is entering a piece of that eternity here and now. With the several councils redefining Biblical obedience away from its intended purpose and the catholic church changing the day from Saturday to Sunday, the understanding of the Shabbat ‘rest’ has been lost on the church. It is only by faith that we enter that rest, faith in the eternal promises of Elohim.

“Therefore, let us be terrified of the possibility that, even though the promise of entering his rest remains, any one of you might be judged to have fallen short of it; for Good News has also been proclaimed to us, just as it was to them. But the message they heard didn’t do them any good, because those who heard it did not combine it with trust. For it is we who have trusted who enter the rest” (Hebrews 4:1-3).

“Also I saw the holy city, New Yerushalayim, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.”

The modern-day Jerusalem will also pass away along with all of its Biblical history from the days of the Jebusites when David bought the threshing floor to Yeshua walking its stone streets. The New Jerusalem will come down out of heaven. Those who have been taught that ‘we’ will go up into heaven, the opposite is presented in Revelation. Heaven and the New Jerusalem, the dwelling place of I AM will come down to us.

Isra’el has always been the Bride of I AM, the Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh. Through Yeshua, Elohim renewed the marriage covenant with Isra’el and those of the nations that join with her. In the ‘new heavens and new earth,’ Jerusalem will be presented like a bride dressed for her husband.

“For your husband is your Maker, Adonai-Tzva’ot is his name. The Holy One of Isra’el is your Redeemer. He will be called the God of all the earth. For Adonai has called you back ….” (Isaiah 54:5-6).

I heard a loud voice from the throne say, ‘See! God’s Sh’khinah is with mankind, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and he himself, God-with-them, will be their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. There will no longer be any death; and there will no longer be any mourning, crying or pain; because the old order has passed away.‘”

A loud voice from the throne says that with the coming of the New Jerusalem, the Divine Presence of I AM is with mankind and He will live with them. They will be His people and God-with-them or Immanu’el will be their God.

This is another restoration from the Garden of Eden. It was in the garden that Yahweh walked with Adam and Eve in the evening breeze. His Ruach or breath embraced them. His Light enveloped them. Had they not been deceived by the serpent and sinned by eating a forbidden fruit, that intimate relationship between the ‘Husband’ and ‘Bride’ would have continued as an eternal Sabbath.

When the Israelites traveled in through the wilderness, they were promised that Yahweh would tabernacle with them. Through the Torah, the wedding vows, a marriage covenant was established. Yahweh’s Divine Presence dwelled with His Bride and appeared in a cloud of glory over the literal Tabernacle. Yet, even with this Tabernacle, there was a promise of something even greater in the future – the restoration of the original relationship between the Creator and His creation in the garden.

The prophet Ezekiel confirms the promise given to Isra’el through Moshe that ultimately comes to pass in the ‘new heaven and new earth.’ King Solomon also says that this ‘hope,’ this ‘vision’ of a ‘new heaven and new earth,’ the olam or world to come, has been planted in the hearts of mankind.

“I will put my tabernacle among you, and I will not reject you, but I will walk among you and be your God, and you will be my people” (Leviticus 26:11-12).

“My home will be with them; I will be their God, and they will be my people” (Ezekiel 37:27).

“He also has planted eternity in men’s hearts …” (Ecclesiastes 3:11).

“Then the One sitting on the throne said, ‘Look! I am making everything new!'”

Th One sitting on the throne is the visible image of the Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh, the I AM – King Yeshua. He has been sitting on the throne in the heavenly realm since he began to rule and reign. He continues to remain on His throne stating that now He is making everything new. Everything.

Once again, the word ‘new’ is chadash and means ‘renew.’ As the One who was with the Creator ‘in the beginning,’ the WORD that became flesh, He is speaking everything into ‘newness.’ With a ‘new heaven and new earth,’ it will need ‘new’ people to inhabit this ‘new world.’

When we were born again into the Kingdom of God, we became new creations in Messiah. We still remained in a fallen ‘mortal’ state, a flesh body that had to die because of sin. At the first resurrection, those who put their faith in Yeshua received their glorified bodies, whether living or resurrected from the dead. All of these ‘new creations’ – both Jew and non-Jew – finally receive their promised inheritance of eternal redemption in the ‘new heaven and new earth’ as ‘One New Man.’ For just like the spiritual Torah needed spiritual men and women to understand its purpose, the ‘new heavens and new earth,’ require ‘new creations in Messiah.’

“Therefore, if anyone is united with the Messiah, he is a new creation — the old has passed; look, what has come is fresh and new!” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

“For neither being circumcised nor being uncircumcised matters; what matters is being a new creation” (Galatians 6:15).

“We know that until now, the whole creation has been groaning as with the pains of childbirth; and not only it, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we continue waiting eagerly to be made sons — that is, to have our whole bodies redeemed and set free” (Romans 8:22-23).

“Also he said, “Write, ‘These words are true and trustworthy!’” And he said to me, “It is done! I am the ‘A’ and the ‘Z,’ the Beginning and the End. To anyone who is thirsty I myself will give water free of charge from the Fountain of Life. He who wins the victory will receive these things, and I will be his God, and he will be my son.”

The words being spoken from the throne are called ‘true’ and ‘trustworthy.’ The Hebrew word for ‘true’ is emet and means ‘firm, lasting, and reliable.’ It is an attribute of Elohim. The Hebrew word for ‘trustworthy’ is batach and means ‘to have confidence and feel secure.’ Because these words are spoken from the throne, they are established and proven through Yeshua.

Yeshua looks at Yochanan and says, “It is done!” In Hebrew the word is asah and means ‘accomplished.’ When Yeshua died on the cross, he said, “It is finished.” His words have been misinterpreted to mean that he ended the Torah and all of the commandments of God given to mankind and Isra’el. What those words actually meant is that he fulfilled and completed the prophetic purpose and vision of the Pesach, the renewal of the marriage covenant between Elohim and Isra’el. It is not until Revelation 21 that Yeshua says that everything prophesied about him in all of the prophetic ‘appointed times’ has been accomplished and has come to an end with a new beginning and an eternal Shabbat.

In Revelation 1:8, as in this verse, Yeshua doesn’t call himself the ‘A and the Z,’ the first and last letters of the Latin alphabet because he didn’t speak Latin or Old English; he also didn’t call himself the ‘Alpha and Omega’ because he didn’t speak Greek. He calls himself the ‘Alef and the Tav‘ the first and last letters of the Hebrew alphabet. Though the idea of being the ‘first and the last’ letters of any alphabet may not seem important regarding language, it does when put in its Hebrew context.

Found throughout the Hebrew Scriptures are the two letters alef and tav – את – without any particular ‘meaning’ or ‘purpose.’ Some consider it a type of modifier, but its appearance within verses has no specific purpose. It is at the beginning and end of Revelation that Yeshua clarifies the purpose and meaning of those two letters – HE is the Alef and Tav, the beginning and the end. He was with Elohim in the beginning as the spoken Word; he is at the end sitting on the throne as the King of all Creation.

Hebrew Letter Pictures

These two letters also have significance in the Hebrew Letter Pictures giving more insight into who Yeshua is claiming to be.

א Alef is a letter picture of an ‘ox’ and means ‘strong or first.’

ת Tav is a letter picture of ‘crossed sticks’ and means ‘sign’ or ‘covenant.’

The word picture for alef tav is: first, strong sign of the covenant.

Yeshua is the first and strongest sign of the covenant found throughout the Hebrew Scriptures. He is in the beginning, in the middle, in the end. To remove those letters, to change those letters is to change his essence, his appearance, and his identity within the Hebrew Scriptures.

“But as for the cowardly, the untrustworthy, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those involved with the occult and with drugs, idol-worshippers, and all liars — their destiny is the lake burning with fire and sulfur, the second death.”

“Those who have ears, let them hear what the Spirit is saying to the Messianic communities [Thyatira]. He who wins the victory will not be hurt at all by the second death'” (Revelation 2:11).

There are two deaths written about in Revelation. The first death is physical; the second death is spiritual and eternal. Though we all face a first death in this world, the second death is at the end of time. Those who do not have eternal life will be thrown into a lake burning with fire and sulfur to experience eternal death.

Fire and sulfur were used to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah though the word theion for ‘sulfur’ was translated ‘brimstone.’ Because of angelic and possibly a Nephilim presence in Sodom and Gomorrah, fire and sulfur had to be used to destroy the cities because angels can only be destroyed by fire. Thus, Satan and all of his cohorts will end up in this fire as well as those who have followed him.

Fire is hot. Fire burns. Fire gives off light that is not the light of the Lamb of God. Sulfur burns with a blue color and smells like rotten eggs. When it is on fire, it is nearly impossible to extinguish. As sulfur burns it produces sulfur dioxide which becomes sulfurous acid when it comes in contact with water – ‘the lake.’

According to this website: “Breathing sulfuric acid mists can result in tooth erosion and respiratory tract irritation. Drinking concentrated sulfuric acid can burn your mouth and throat, and it can erode a hole in your stomach; it has also resulted in death. If you touch sulfuric acid, it will burn your skin.” Sulfuric acid is deadly. It is not a place where the Spirit of Life resides nor can it.

This is the place Yeshua refers to when he speaks about the ‘where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ It is the place of eternal torment. ‘Weeping and gnashing’ of teeth suggests that these people heard the Truth, even knew the Truth, but chose rebellion over obedience, lawlessness over Torah, and receive the consequences of their sin. According to Yeshua, there are those who will be ‘removed from his Kingdom’ because of their rebellion.

“In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth when you see Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but yourselves being thrown out” (Luke 13:28).

“The Son of Man will send forth His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all stumbling blocks, and those who commit lawlessness, and they will throw them into the furnace of fire; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Matthew 13:41-42).

Those not allowed to enter the ‘new heavens and new earth’ are cowards, untrustworthy, vile, murderers, sexually immoral, involved in the occult with drugs, idol worshipers and liars. The activities on this list break Torah commands from murder to sexually immoral inclusive of fornication, adultery, and homosexuality, to idolatry and faithlessness (not living out of faith).

There are those who are involved in the occult with drugs. In some translations the word ‘sorcery’ is used. The Greek word for ‘sorcery’ is pharmakeia and means ‘the use of medicine, drugs or spells.’ More specifically, pharmakeia means ‘to poison’ and includes hallucinations from drugs. The noun Pharmakeus is known as pharmacist and means ‘poisoner.’ Pharmaceuticals are nothing more than ‘drugs’ given by pharmacists to ‘poison’ the human body. In the present time, the vaccine being given for the Kung Flu is causing hallucinations in some people. ‘Sorcery’ is always used in connection with ‘idolatry’ or placing someone or something higher than the God of Isra’el .Those who practice these things are called the occult and will end up in the lake of burning fire and sulfur.

According to dictionary.com, a coward is a “person who lacks courage in facing danger, difficulty, opposition, pain; a timid or easily intimidated person.” This means a coward does not take a stand for or against anything. Recently I had a little discussion with someone about bowing before another man or even a king. This person said she would bow at anything in order to save her children. I told her that I wouldn’t bow even for that because I would want my children to see me stand for for what I believe whether I die or not.

Yeshua is looking for disciples who do not cower in the midst of challenge. Yeshua is looking for followers who will stand for Truth when the LIE is disseminated worldwide. He is looking for a Bride who will not spot or soil her gown, who will keep oil in her lamp, and ‘be holy as He is holy’ when the world calls evil good and good evil.

“But whoever disowns me before others I will disown before my Father in heaven” (Matthew 10:33).

“Vile” means unpleasant, immoral, and unacceptable. Vile includes those activities that are morally wrong, offensive as to be thoroughly disgusting or obscene. One definition I found included ‘vile humor’ which is something I detest from pastors who are preaching in the church. When I think of vile, I consider movies that have gone from being light-hearted and teaching strong moral lessons to become vile and showing disgusting and obscene behaviors on the big screen. Activities that were once meant for the bedroom or the privacy of one’s home have become living room or public entertainment.

Simply, a liar doesn’t tell the truth. Habitual liars have one type of personal character, but what about those who lie to spiritually deceive the masses? What about pastors and leaders who should know the Truth, but choose to teach ‘the Lie’ in order to remain in a leadership positions? Pastors and leaders who don’t want to lose their flock or their income? The Greek word in this verse is pseudes and means ‘to be intentionally deceptive.’ A derivative of pseudes is pseudo which means ‘false, pretend or unreal, a sham.’ It is not those of the world who will be deceived; they are deceived already. It is those who claim to know the Truth, but have embraced ‘the Lie.’

What is ‘the Lie?’ I believe ‘the Lie’ began in the Garden with the serpent, the devil, telling Eve ‘she could be like God.’ She was deceived by ‘the Lie,’ and Adam sinned because they believed ‘the Lie.’ ‘The Lie’ included being deceived by what she saw – a fruit that was pleasing to the eye and would make one wise.

‘The Lie’ is grounded in being faithless to the Word of God and what He actually says. ‘The Lie’ includes every rationalization of a command of God into something not relevant for today whether it is deemed ‘old testament,’ ‘new testament’ or just ‘done away with.’ ‘The Lie’ twists the Word of Elohim into something that appears to have wisdom, but actually ends in death.

The only way to combat ‘the Lie’ is to live out the Truth according to what the Word says; not what we have been taught or how we interpret it for ourselves. While the Spirit guides us into all Truth, ‘the Liar’ is subtle in his deception. He has even thwarted the first century message of salvation coming from the Jews, their Scriptures, and their Messiah to a religious system based in the Vatican, the Pope and anti-semitism. And, that is the biggest ‘Lie’ since the Garden and the promised Seed.

“This is why God is causing them to go astray [believe the delusion], so that they will believe the Lie” (2 Thessalonians 2:11).

“One of the seven angels having the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues approached me and said, “Come! I will show you the Bride, the Wife of the Lamb.”

One of the messengers who held one the seven bowls of the seven last plagues approached Yochanan and told him to ‘come’ and he would show him the Bride, the Wife of the Lamb. In Revelation 19, the marriage of the Lamb took place. Those who were invited to the wedding feast received great blessing. Those who became the Bride of Yeshua were adorned with ‘fine linen bright and clean’ to show forth her righteous deeds. Now, in her glory, the Wife of the Lamb, the ‘Queen’ married to the King of Kings is revealed.

“He carried me off in the Spirit to the top of a great, high mountain and showed me the holy city, Yerushalayim, coming down out of heaven from God. It had the Sh’khinah of God, so that its brilliance was like that of a priceless jewel, like a crystal-clear diamond. It had a great, high wall with twelve gates; at the gates were twelve angels; and inscribed on the gates were the names of the twelve tribes of Isra’el.”

Yochanan was taken to the top of a great, high mountain by the Spirit of Elohim. Again, the holy city comes down out of heaven. The Divine Presence of Elohim was the brilliance of a priceless jewel – a crystal-clear diamond.

King Solomon writes in Proverbs 31 about the Eshet Chayil, the Woman of Valor who is a spiritual representation of the Bride of Messiah: “Who can find a capable wife? Her value is far beyond that of pearls.” The Hebrew word for ‘pearls’ is peninim that means ‘coral’ or ‘pearl.’ One of the wives of Elkanah is named Penninah while the other, who becomes Samuel’s mother, is Hannah (1 Samuel 1:1-2).

Yeshua also talks about the ‘pearl of great price’ with reference to its value in Kingdom of God. Some interpret Yeshua’s statement about the buying a field and buying the pearl as a reference to Isra’el (the field) and the nations as the pearl.

“Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant on the lookout for fine pearls. On finding one very valuable pearl he went away, sold everything he owned and bought it” (Matthew 13:45-46).

A diamond is created by the element carbon hundreds of miles deep within the earth’s mantle and is formed through the heat of the earth and the pressure of its gravity. A crystal-clear diamond allows light to pass through it.

The New Jerusalem has a wall with 12 gates with 12 angels at each gate. There is no suggestion that the angels are guarding the gates, but perhaps they are the ones to determine who enters the city and who doesn’t.

Over each gate is inscribed the names of the 12 Tribes of Isra’el: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Gad, Asher, Dan, Naphtali, Zebulun, Issachar, Joseph and Benjamin. This is evidence of the promise given earlier that th names of Isra’el would be eternal. In order to enter the New Jerusalem, each redeemed person must pass through a gate with the name of a Tribe Isra’el.

“There were three gates to the east, three gates to the north, three gates to the south and three gates to the west. The wall of the city was built on twelve foundation-stones, and on these were the twelve names of the twelve emissaries of the Lamb.”

Each side of the wall has three gates. These gates are also mentioned by the prophet Ezekiel. Notice the size of each side is just under 1 1/2 miles!

“‘These are the city exits; they are to be named after the tribes of Isra’el, three gates on each of the four sides; the four sides each measure just under one-and-a-half [miles]: on the north, gates named after Re’uven, Y’hudah and Levi; on the east, gates named after Yosef, Binyamin and Dan; on the south, gates named after Shim‘on, Yissakhar and Z’vulun; and on the west, gates named after Gad, Asher and Naftali” (Ezekiel 48:30-34).

The wall of the city had 12 foundation stones or one huge stone makes up one foundaiton. On each foundation stone is written the name of one of the 12 disciples of Yeshua. This concurs with the vision given to the Ephesians regarding the building of the holy temple that is a spiritual dwelling for Elohim. As the centuries have come and gone, much of the foundation taught by the apostles and prophets has been lost or distorted. In the ‘new heaven and new earth,’ this foundation will be re-established and understood with precious stones.

“So then, you are no longer foreigners and strangers. On the contrary, you are fellow-citizens with God’s people and members of God’s family. You have been built on the foundation of the emissaries and the prophets, with the cornerstone being Yeshua the Messiah himself. In union with him the whole building is held together, and it is growing into a holy temple in union with the Lord. Yes, in union with him, you yourselves are being built together into a spiritual dwelling-place for God!” (Ephesians 2:19-20).

The angel speaking with me had a gold measuring-rod with which to measure the city, its gates and its wall. The city is laid out in a square, its length equal to its width. With his rod he measured the city at 1,500 miles, with length, width and height the same. He measured its wall at 216 feet by human standards of measurement, which the angel was using. The wall was made of diamond and the city of pure gold resembling pure glass.”

Though the Temple design given to Ezekiel resembles the eternal city, the dimensions of the New Jerusalem are much larger than the Millennial Temple. The eternal city is a cube measuring 1,500 miles width, length and depth. To give an idea, 1500 miles is the distance between Phoenix, Arizona and Richmond, Virginia. This magnificent city is the city in which Abraham put his faith.

“For he was looking forward to the city with permanent foundations, of which the architect and builder is God” (Hebrews 11:10).

The walls measure 216 feet. This is 71.5 yards or not quite the length of a football field. This is the WIDTH of a wall made of clear diamond and pure gold that resemble pure glass. Both of these elements symbolize having gone through trial by pressure and fire and being completely purified. From my book Open My Eyes: Wonders of Torah, pg. 195 is the following description for purifying gold.

“The process of hammering gold into an extremely thin, unbroken sheet is called ‘goldbeating.’ Egyptian craftsmen recognized the extraordinary durability and malleability of gold and became the first goldbeaters. They pounded gold using a round stone to create the thinnest gold leaf possible.

“Most goldbeaters used 23 karat gold.  They put the gold in a pot and melted it in a furnace.  When liquified, the gold is poured into a mold and cast into a bar.  The gold bar is rolled in a mill until it is 1/1000 of an inch thick. After being rolled, the thin ribbon of gold is cut into one-inch squares as preparation for beating.

“The first step of beating is called the Cutch which uses a fabric to interleave the gold as it was being beaten. Originally, the Cutch was made of 150 skins of ox intestine, but parchment or mylar are used today to handle the hours of repeated hammer blows needed to beat the gold.

“The gold is beaten on a large heavy block of marble or granite.  Beating of the Cutch takes about one hour using a fifteen pound hammer.  The goldbeater follows a pattern and sets up a rhythm of about seventy strokes per minute.  The Cutch packet is rotated and turned to ensure the gold inside expands evenly in all directions to about 4 inches square.  The gold is taken out of the Cutch and each piece is cut into four smaller pieces with a knife and put in a packet called a Shoder which has 1,500 skins.  The Shoder is beaten for about three hours until the gold expands into a five inch square.

“The gold is taken out of the Shoder and placed on a leather-covered surface.  The gold is so thin that the cutter can simply blow on it to flatten it out.  Using a wagon, made out of wood, the gold is quickly cut into four pieces and placed in a packet called a Mold for the final beating.  The Mold, coated with gypsum powder to prevent the gold from sticking to the skins, contains 1,500 pieces of gold.  The Mold is beaten with an eight-pound hammer for three to four hours until it is a circle about six inches in diameter.  The finished leaf forms an unbroken sheet of gold with a thickness of 1/250,000 of an inch.”

“The foundations of the city wall were decorated with all kinds of precious stones — the first foundation stone was diamond [Jasper], the second sapphire, the third chalcedony, the fourth emerald, the fifth sardonyx, the sixth carnelian, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh turquoise [Jacinth] and the twelfth amethyst. The twelve gates were twelve pearls, with each gate made of a single pearl.”

These foundational stones bring to mind the high priest’s breastplate made of precious stones with the names of the Tribes of Isra’el engraved on each stone. The foundation stones hav the names of Kefa, Andrew, Ya’akov, Yochanan, Phillip, Bartholomew, Levi, Tomas, Ya’akov, Thaddeus, Simon, Y’hudah. There are numerous ideas as to how the names will appear on the stones, but the layers of the various colors of precious stones will appear as a rainbow of color.

Each entrance gate is made of one large pearl. Pearls come from an ‘unclean’ mollusk – an oyster. As each redeemed person goes through a gate honoring one of the Tribes of Isra’el, each pearl gate is a reminder that no man is considered ‘unclean’ by Elohim. The eternal Kingdom, the New Jerusalem, will be inhabited by those redeemed from nations and from Isra’el.

Pearls, considered having great value, are compared to wisdom throughout the Scriptures. This suggests that those who enter the eternal Kingdom lived wisely. They were the ‘wise virgins’ who had oil in their lamps, became the Bride of Messiah, and eventually the Wife of the Eternal King.

“For indeed, the price of wisdom is above that of pearls” (Job 28:18).

“For wisdom is better than pearls; nothing you want can compare with her” (Proverbs 8:11).

“A person may have gold and a wealth of pearls, but lips informed by knowledge are a precious jewel” (Proverbs 20:15).

““Don’t give to dogs what is holy, and don’t throw your pearls [wisdom] to the pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, then turn and attack you” (Matthew 7:6).

“The city’s main street was pure gold, transparent as glass. The city has no need for the sun or the moon to shine on it, because God’s Sh’khinah gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb.”

The main street of the New Jerusalem is made of pure, gold that is transparent as glass. In the Aramaic, those words are translated to ‘pure gold as the brightness of light.’ Rather than being ‘transparent,’ the street reflects the brightness of the Light in the city. According to the following verses, the Divine Presence of Elohim gives the city its Light and the Lamb is its lamp. With this understanding, Psalm 119:105 takes on a different nuance: “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” becomes “Yeshua is a lamp to my feet and His Divine Presence is a light to my path.” This will be eternal life in the New Jerusalem.

“I saw no Temple in the city, for Adonai, God of heaven’s armies, is its Temple, as is the Lamb.”

There is no need for a Temple in the New Jerusalem because the ‘old earth’ with it’s ‘old’ ways has passed away. Without a Temple, there is no longer a need for Temple service, sacrifices, or even a priesthood. There is no need for Torah as the ‘teachings and instructions’ have passsed away. The Temple is Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh. It is His presence enveloping the city that is the Temple where the Bride of the Lamb and the Lamb reside.

“The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it. Its gates will never close, they stay open all day because night will not exist there, and the honor and splendor of the nations will be brought into it. Nothing impure may enter it, nor anyone who does shameful things or lies; the only ones who may enter are those whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.”

Whenever I have looked for a physical rendition of the New Jerusalem, it appears as a cube floating in space. Though that may be how it is, it doesn’t describe how kings of ‘the earth’ will bring their splendor into it. In other words, as the New Jerusalem descends, it descends onto a ‘new heaven and new earth.’ It is on this ‘new earth’ that kings will once again rule and live and have kingdoms. They will bring tribute to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. The gates of the New Jerusalem will never close because there won’t be day or night.

There will still be impure people, those who do shameful things, those who lie. They must remain outside the gates of the New Jerusalem and only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life will enter this eternal holy city where the time still progresses with the New Moon and the Shabbat.

Chapter 22 – The Return of Messiah

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Revelation Chapter 20 – The First Resurrection

“Next I saw an angel coming down from heaven, who had the key to the Abyss and a great chain in his hand. He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the Devil and Satan [the Adversary], and chained him up for a thousand years. He threw him into the Abyss, locked it and sealed it over him; so that he could not deceive the nations any more until the thousand years were over. After that, he has to be set free for a little while.”

A messenger comes down from heaven with a key and a chain in his hand. His purpose is to seize the Dragon known as the Devil, Satan, or the Adversary.

In the days of Noach, the angels that left their realm of authority in the heavens and defiled the women of the earth were bound with everlasting chains. According to the Amplified Version, the chains were of gloomy darkness. At this moment in time, the Adversary who began everything in Gan Eden will now be chained and kept in that same darkness.

“And angels who did not keep their own designated place of power, but abandoned their proper dwelling place, [these] He has kept in eternal chains under [the thick gloom of utter] darkness for the judgment of the great day,” (Jude 6, Amplified Version).

‘Abyss’ in Hebrew is tehom and is used for the ‘deep,’ ‘the depths of the seas’ or the ‘primaeval ocean.’ The tehom is the place described as the waters beneath the waters where Leviathan is imprisoned (Job 41:1-3). The word tehom is used in Genesis 1:2 with the tohu v’bohu meaning ‘darkness’ or ‘void.’ The Adversary along with the fallen angels have been restrained in the dark void of the deep waiting for the Day of Judgment.

These enemies of Elohim will be bound for 1000 years or a Millennium. This is when the Millennal reign of King Yeshua will begin. This 1000-year time period will include the restoration of a longer human lifespan as it was in Genesis when Adam and his kin lived nearly 1000 years or ‘one day’ in the time span of Elohim.

“No more will babies die in infancy, no more will an old man die short of his days — he who dies at a hundred will be thought young, and at less than a hundred thought cursed” (Isaiah 65:20).

“For from your viewpoint a thousand years are merely like yesterday or a night watch” (Psalm 90:4).

“Moreover, dear friends, do not ignore this: with the Lord, one day is like a thousand years and a thousand years like one day” (2 Peter 3:8).

“Then I saw thrones, and those seated on them received authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for testifying about Yeshua and proclaiming the Word of God, also those who had not worshipped the beast or its image and had not received the mark on their foreheads and on their hands. They came to life and ruled with the Messiah for a thousand years. (The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were over.) This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is anyone who has a part in the first resurrection; over him the second death has no power. On the contrary, they will be cohanim of God and of the Messiah, and they will rule with him for the thousand years.”

Yochanan sees thrones on which are seated resurrected martyrs, those who had been beheaded for their testimony of Yeshua and proclaiming the commands of Elohim. Also receiving authority to rule and reign with King Yeshua are those who had not worshiped the ‘beast’ or its image. They didn’t receive the mark on their foreheads or their hands.

These two groups of people made a stand in the world. They didn’t bow to serve the ‘beast’ or the ‘anti-christ’ in order to save their lives. They refused the ‘mark of the beast’ on their foreheads or hands. Making a stand against this ‘mark’ is not something a person does ‘at the end of their life.’ Someone doesn’t just suddenly stand for Yeshua when faced with a life or death choice; they practice standing for him everyday as they grow in faith and obedience.

This is not the first time a group of people has been blessed because of their faith in Yeshua and obedience to the commands. It is important to realize that having only one part of this two-prong faith walk is not complete. Those who embrace Judaism in its different facets, obey the Torah, but deny Yeshua as Messiah. They live a life of obedience, but do not have the sacrifice for their sin and guilt. There are the Christians who put their faith in Yeshua’s work on the cross, but deny the Torah has relevance to their lives today. They actually believe their faith in Yeshua nullifies Torah commands contrary to Yeshua’s own words in Matthew 5. Each belief system is incomplete and has consequences in the Kingdom.

“Those who are not with me are against me, and those who do not gather with me are scattering” (Matthew 12:30).

One Christian denomination claims that the ‘mark of the beast’ is Sunday worship. What if that understanding of the ‘mark’ is true? How does someone suddenly obey Elohim’s Sabbath when faced with death? Standing for the commandments of God and having a testimony in Yeshua is a lifestyle.

What if the ‘mark of the beast’ demands eating ‘unclean’ animals? For centuries, Jewish people had to convert to Christianity and prove their conversion by eating pork or ham. What if that becomes part of the ‘mark of the beast?’ How will someone suddenly prove they honor the dietary commands of Elohim? Obeying the Torah of God and having a testimony of Yeshua is a lifestyle that strengthens the one who obeys.

“Keep my shabbats holy; and they will be a sign between me and you, so that you will know that I am Adonai your God” (Ezekiel 20:20).

These two groups of resurrected people rule and reign with King Messiah as priests of Elohim and Yeshua. In order to rule and reign, there must be a standard of ‘law’ for ruling and reigning. Yeshua said that Torah would remain that standard for righteousness until there there is a new heaven and new earth. Even to this point in Yochanan’s revelation, this still has not occurred.

The word ‘priest’ in Hebrew is cohen. The cohen includes Zadokite, Levite, and Aaronic priests. Each of these cohanim descended from Aaron who descended from Levi. They will serve the people in Jerusalem in the Millennial Temple.

There will also be cohanim who serve Elohim and Yeshua. This priesthood will be known as the ‘royal priesthood. ‘ Because Yeshua did not descend from Levi, but Judah, their faith puts them in the lineage of royalty. Yeshua’s priestly lineage is of Melchizede who was both King and Priest.

Also, as he says in another place, ‘You are a cohen forever, to be compared with Malki-Tzedek…’ And after he had been brought to the goal, he became the source of eternal deliverance to all who obey him, since he had been proclaimed by God as a cohen gadol to be compared with Malki-Tzedek” (Hebrews 5:6-10).

“But you are a chosen people, the King’s cohanim [royal priesthood], a holy nation, a people for God to possess! Why? In order for you to declare the praises of the One who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light” (1 Peter 2:9).

Those who are resurrected to serve Yeshua as the royal priesthood comprise the first resurrection. Those who take part in this resurrection are blessed and considered holy. They will not experience the second death at the end of the 1000 years which includes the lake of burning fire and sulfur. The first resurrection was prophesied by Daniel and Ezekiel and believed by the Pharisees and many of the Jewish people in the first century.

Martha expresses her faith in the resurrection ‘at the last day,’ when her brother Lazarus dies. Yeshua tells her, “I AM the Resurrection and the life” confirming the truth in the resurrection of the dead. Peter and Yochanan annoyed the leadership who denied the resurrection because they used Yeshua’s resurrection as proof. Sha’ul also teaches of his hope in the resurrection and writes to the Thessalonians to continue in that hope.

“Many of those sleeping in the dust of the earth will awaken, some to everlasting life and some to everlasting shame and abhorrence” (Daniel 12:2).

“He asked me, “Human being, can these bones live?” I answered, “Adonai Elohim! Only you know that!” Then he said to me, “Prophesy over these bones! Say to them, ‘Dry bones! Hear what Adonai has to say! To these bones Adonai Elohim says, “I will make breath enter you, and you will live” (Ezekiel 37:3-5).

“Marta said to Yeshua, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. Even now I know that whatever you ask of God, God will give you.” Yeshua said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” Marta said, “I know that he will rise again at the Resurrection on the Last Day.” Yeshua said to her, “I AM the Resurrection and the Life! Whoever puts his trust in me will live, even if he dies; and everyone living and trusting in me will never die. Do you believe this?” She said to him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one coming into the world” (John 11:21-27).

“Kefa and Yochanan were still speaking to the people when the cohanim, the captain in charge of the Temple police, and the Tz’dukim came upon them, very annoyed that they were teaching the people the doctrine of resurrection from the dead and offering Yeshua as proof” Acts 4:1-2).

“And I continue to have a hope in God — which they too accept — that there will be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous” (Acts 24:15).

“For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a rousing cry, with a call from one of the ruling angels, and with God’s shofar; those who died united with the Messiah will be the first to rise; 17 then we who are left still alive will be caught up with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air; and thus we will always be with the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18).

The Hebrew word for ‘blessed’ is barak and means ‘to kneel’ and bless Elohim in adoration. This word suggests that those who attain to the first resurrection will bow in worship, glory, and reverence before the High Priest and King, Yeshua.

The Hebrew word for ‘holy is kadosh and means ‘separate.’ It is used in reference to Elohim because He is separate from all other gods. He is unique because ‘He is holy.’ Kadosh is also used for people who are separate from human infirmity, impurity, and sin – the holy ones of Elohim. Accordingly, those who are resurrected lived pure lives, separated from sin and breaking the commands of Elohim (1 John 4:3).

“But the fact is that the Messiah has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have died. For since death came through a man, also the resurrection of the dead has come through a man. For just as in connection with Adam all die, so in connection with the Messiah all will be made alive. But each in his own order: the Messiah is the firstfruits; then those who belong to the Messiah, at the time of his coming” (1 Corinthians 15:20-23).

Not just to the Thessalonians, but also to the Corinthians, Sha’ul reveals the resurrection of the dead in its unique parts. Yeshua was raised from the dead as the firstfruits of those who have died. The word ‘firstfruits’ is plural suggesting there were others who died and raised from the dead. This may include Lazarus and the little girl, but I believe it refers ‘firstfruits’ walking around Jerusalem, the Scripture says, ‘many people saw them.’

“Also the graves were opened, and the bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life; and after Yeshua rose, they came out of the graves and went into the holy city, where many people saw them” (Matthew 27:52-53).

The completion of the first resurrection, the main harvest of souls will be at Yeshua’s coming. “Those who belong to Yeshua” will rise at this time, at the beginning of the ‘last day’ to rule and reign with him on thrones.

While Satan is bound for 1000 years, there will be a duality of mortals and immortals on earth: the resurrected, glorified holy ones and human beings. During this time, there will be no deception from the Adversary to bring the world into chaos. However, there will still be sin in the nations which will bring on the Gog and Magog war. This will be the final battle that reveals mankind needs to be redeemed from sin.

During the Millennial rule of Yeshua, he will use an ‘iron rod.’ The word ‘rod’ is an allusion to a shepherd’s staff as well as a ‘scepter’ that is used by a King. A King holds out his scepter to welcome someone into his throne room. If he doesn’t, the person will face death.

‘Iron’ suggests a strong rule of law.’ Yeshua will not bend to the will of the nations, but will stand for the will of His Father. He will come against the nations and shatter them like a clay pot. This concurs with Revelation 2:26 when Yeshua tells those who overcome in Thyatira that they, too, will rule and reign with ‘iron rods.’ During the Millennium, the nations will gather together to destroy Elohim’s anointed one, Yeshua. Yahweh will look down from heaven and laugh because Yeshua is enthroned on Mt. Tzyion and will have his day with the nations. It is also in Psalm 2 that Yahweh says that the nations will become the inheritance of His Son.

‘You will break them with an iron rod, shatter them like a clay pot” (Psalm 2:9).

“When the thousand years are over, the Adversary will be set free from his prison and will go out to deceive the nations in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them for the battle. Their number is countless as the sand on the seashore; and they came up over the breadth of the Land and surrounded the camp of God’s people and the city he loves. But fire came down from heaven and consumed them. The Adversary who had deceived them was hurled into the lake of fire and sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet were; and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.”

When the 1000 years are over, the Adversary will be set free from the Abyss in order to deceive the nations whose peoples will be as great as the sands on the seashore. All nations will come into the Land and surround Jerusalem. when they are at peace. They will be led by Gog and Magog.

Magog was Noach’s grandson whose descendants settled in the north of Isra’el. The prophet Ezekiel describes this group of people as a huge, mighty army led by Gog, the chief prince of Meshekh and Tuval who will attack Isra’el. Meshekh and Tuval were the sons of Japeth, grandsons of Noach. The descendants of Meshekh settled north of the Black Sea in the area known today as the Republic of Georgia. According to Psalm 120:4-6, this area was a war-like land that hated peace. Tuval settled in an area in central Turkey. Both of these men’s descendants will come from the north and attack Isra’el.

““Human being, turn your face toward Gog (of the land of Magog), chief prince of Meshekh and Tuval; and prophesy against him…. You will choose just that time to come from your place in the far reaches of the north, you and many peoples with you, all of them on horseback, a huge horde, a mighty army” (Ezekiel 38:2, 15).

There are many scholars who believe there are two Gog/Magog wars with Isra’el. The one described in Ezekiel 38 and 39 occurs mid-way through the Tribulation with a few nations from the north coming against the Land. Months are spent burying the dead. The result of this war will bring Isra’el back to faith in Elohim and to serve Him for 1000 years.

The second Gog/Magog attack 1000 years later is orchestrated by the Adversary himself once released from the Abyss. He is prepared to destroy Yeshua and the people of Isra’el. This time all of the nations will exhibit the same rebellious attitude from the previous Gog/Magog war. The battle between Satan and Yeshua will be quick with fire from heaven consuming the evil one. The ‘beast’ and the false prophet will be thrown into the burning lake of fire and sulfur along with the Adversary. They will spend eternity in torment.

“Next I saw a great white throne and the One sitting on it. Earth and heaven fled from his presence, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, both great and small, standing in front of the throne. Books were opened; and another book was opened, the Book of Life; and the dead were judged from what was written in the books, according to what they had done. The sea gave up the dead in it; and Death and Sh’ol gave up the dead in them; and they were judged, each according to what he had done. Then Death and Sh’ol were hurled into the lake of fire. This is the second death — the lake of fire. Anyone whose name was not found written in the Book of Life was hurled into the lake of fire.”

Those who remain alive at the end of the 1000 years will immediately stand before the Great White Throne of Judgment. This is the place of final judgment for those who rejected the offering of eternal life in Messiah. Those who had a testimony of Yeshua and obeyed his commandments were already been resurrected with their glorified bodies and reigned for 1000 years.

“Therefore, whether at home or away from home, we try our utmost to please him; for we must all appear before the Messiah’s court of judgment, where everyone will receive the good or bad consequences of what he did while he was in the body” (2 Corinthians 5:9-10).

The Greek word for ‘judgment’ in this verse is bema and refers to a platform where one stands to receive judgment. In the synagogue, the bimah was the raised platform around the aron kodesh or the holy place where the Torah scrolls were kept. There is also a ner tamid or a lamp that hangs over the area to represent the eternal light of the Word. From the bimah the Torah and prophets were read during the Shabbat and where Yeshua stood for reading from Isaiah (Luke 4:16-17). When it comes to administering punishment or reward, I AM will use Torah, the eternal light, as the plumbline to execute justice at the final gleanings resurrection.

“Many of those sleeping in the dust of the earth will awaken, some to everlasting life and some to everlasting shame and abhorrence” (Daniel 12:2).

“Don’t be surprised at this; because the time is coming when all who are in the grave will hear his voice and come out — those who have done good to a resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to a resurrection of judgment” (John 5:28-29).

The prophet Daniel is given a vision of this final court of judgment. He sees the Ancient One, Yeshua, with clothing white as snow and hair like pure wool. Thousands upon thousands ministered to him while millions and millions stood before him. When the court of justice convened, books were opened – books of individual’s lives, the book of death, and the book of life.

“As I watched, thrones were set in place; and the Ancient One took his seat. His clothing was white as snow, the hair on his head was like pure wool. His throne was fiery flames, with wheels of burning fire. A stream of fire flowed from his presence; thousands and thousands ministered to him, millions and millions stood before him. Then the court was convened, and the books were opened” (Daniel 7:9-10).

“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, accompanied by all the angels, he will sit on his glorious throne. All the nations will be assembled before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates sheep from goats. The ‘sheep’ he will place at his right hand and the ‘goats’ at his left. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you whom my Father has blessed, take your inheritance, the Kingdom prepared for you from the founding of the world.” (Matthew 25:31:33).

Heaven and earth will flee from the presence of Yeshua, the I AM. Millions of the dead from the sea and millions kept in Sh’ol are raised up and stand in front of the fiery throne with wheels on fire. There will be no time for repentance as they will be judged by what did or did not do while alive in their flesh.

On Feast of Trumpets or Yom Teruah, there is the prophetic vision of books being opened. Between the 10 days from Yom Teruah and the Day of Atonment or Yom Kippur called the Days of Awe, each person takes time to repent and ask forgiveness for their sins before the verdict for their life is sealed on Yom Kippur. The prophetic vision for Yom Kippur is the final judgment and the revelation of the books of individuals and their lives. Those whose works fall short will experience the second death and receive the eternal judgment of torture in the lake of burning fire.

“Your eyes could see me as an embryo, but in your book all my days were already written; my days had been shaped before any of them existed” (Psalm 138:16).

“Then those who feared Adonai spoke together; and Adonai listened and heard. A record book was written in his presence for those who feared Adonai and had respect for his name” (Malachi 3:16).

“I also request you, loyal Syzygus, to help these women; for they have worked hard proclaiming the Good News with me, along with Clement and the rest of my fellow-workers whose names are in the Book of Life” (Philippians 4:3).

“He who wins the victory [in Sardis] will, like them, be dressed in white clothing; and I will not blot his name out of the Book of Life; in fact, I will acknowledge him individually before my Father and before his angels” (Revelation 3:5).

This is the moment when Yeshua will reward his ‘holy ones.’ Those whose names are found in the Book of Life will receive rewards according to how they built on the foundation of the prophets and apostles inclusive of Torah and their faith in Yeshua. How they built on that foundation with precious stones or wood and straw will be revealed at Yeshua’s fiery throne. Some will enter the New Jerusalem by just making it through the fire, others will receive crowns.

“Now every athlete in training submits himself to strict discipline, and he does it just to win a laurel wreath that will soon wither away. But we do it to win a crown that will last forever(1 Corinthians 9:25).

“For when our Lord Yeshua returns, what will be our hope, our joy, our crown to boast about? Won’t it be you? (1 Thessalonians 2:19).

“All that awaits me now is the crown of righteousness which the Lord, “the Righteous Judge,” will award to me on that Day — and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for him to appear (2 Timothy 4:8).

“How blessed is the man who perseveres through temptation! For after he has passed the test, he will receive as his crown the Life which God has promised to those who love him(James 1:12).

“Then, when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive glory as your unfading crown (1 Peter 5:4).

Chapter 21 – The Restoration and Renewal

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