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Beelzebub – Dung and Flies

Beelzabub is a twisting of the name of the Philistine god Ba’al Ze’Bul that means ‘The Lord on High.’ Beelzebub is the Greek rendering of the Hebrew Ba’al-zebub meaning ‘Lord of the Flies’ though in Hebrew it is singular, “Lord of the Fly.” In the Greek, it suggests more than flies, but the dung to which flies are drawn.

This ‘fly god’ was worshiped to obtain deliverance from the injuries by flies. He was invoked to drive away the flies that surrounded the blood sacrifices. Archaeological digs at ancient Philistine sites have uncovered golden images of flies.

In Ekron, the King of Samaria sent a messenger to inquire of Ba’alzebub to see if he would be healed from his ‘bloody’ injuries when he fell through the lattice of a window. The prophet Elijah was sent to the king to tell him that he would die because he dared call on the name of a foreign god (2 Kings 1:1-8).

Ba’alzebub as a reference to the Adversary is only found in the New Testament. The name given by the Pharisees was considered a scornful word. During the time of Yeshua, Ba’alzebub became known the prince of demons and was used by religious leaders to insult the Messiah.

“The Torah-teachers who came down from Yerushalayim said, “He [Yeshua] has Ba‘al-Zibbul in him,” and “It is by the ruler of the demons that he expels the demons” (Luke 3:22).

“So if the Adversary too is divided against himself, how can his kingdom survive? I’m asking because you claim it is by Ba‘al-Zibbul that I drive out the demons. If I drive out demons by Ba‘al-Zibbul, by whom do your people drive them out? So, they will be your judges!” (Luke 11:18-19).

“It is enough for a talmid that he become like his rabbi, and a slave like his master. Now if people have called the head of the house Ba‘al-Zibbul, how much more will they malign the members of his household!” (Matthew 10:25).

Sometimes Ba’alzebub and the Shining One have been interchangeable names for satan, the Adversary in the Hebrew Scriptures. However, they are not the same entity within the demonic hierarchy.

Ba’alzebub was a prince of the seraphim or ‘burning ones’ that surrounded the throne of yod hey vav hey. He was one of the first three angels to fall from heaven, along with the Shining One (Lucifer) and Leviathan. He works as the chief of staff for The Adversary and presides over the Order of the Fly.

Hebrew Word Pictures

Ba’alzebub – בעל זבוב

Bet is a picture of a ‘house’ and means ‘family.’

Ayin is a picture of an ‘eye’ and means ‘to see.’

Lamed is a picture of a ‘sheperd’s staff’ and mean ‘to push forward.’

Zayin is a picture of a ‘weapon’ and means ‘to separate.’

Bet is a picture of a ‘house’ and means ‘family.’

Vav is a picture of a ‘nail’ and means ‘binding.’

Bet is a picture of a ‘house’ and means ‘family.’

Ba’al zebub means ‘family to see the prodding to separate family bound to family.

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Revelation Chapter 12 – The Birth and the Dragon

“Now a great sign was seen in heaven — a woman clothed with the sun, under her feet the moon, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. She was pregnant and about to give birth, and she screamed in the agony of labor” (Revelation 12:1-2).

‘Sign in the heaven’ refers to an astronomical event. Planets and constellations represent different Biblical concepts. The moving of these heavenly bodies reveal prophetic truths. This explains what happened with the magi from Persia/Saudia Arabia who brought gifts to child, Yeshua. They were astronomers who studied the heavens and understood the Hebrew symbols in the heavens.

“Where is the newborn King of the Jews? For we saw his star in the east and have come to worship him” (Matthew 2:2).

The ‘great’ sign is a woman clothed with the sun, under her feet the moon, and on her head she had a crown made up of 12 stars. From an astronomical viewpoint, explained by John P. Pratt, the ‘woman’ is a very large constellation known as the Maiden or Virgo for the Virgin. This constellation moves in an ecliptic path along which the sun, moon, and planets appear to move as the earth orbits the sun. In one year, the sun will appear to move through all twelve zodiac constellations. For two weeks per year, the sun appears in the clothing of the ‘woman.’ Every three years, the moon appears as a thin evening crescent under the feet of the woman at the same time the sun in in her clothing.

Using this heavenly event, prophecy would indicate a date which can be determined by the position of the sun and moon in the constellation of the clothing of the Maiden. On the Hebrew calendar, the timing of this event points toward the first day of the seventh month or the Feast of Trumpets. This ‘appointed time’ is when the seven messengers blow a trumpet at the beginning of the Millennial reign of Messiah.

“Another sign was seen in heaven there was a great red dragon with seven heads and ten horns, and on his heads were seven royal crowns. Its tail swept a third of the stars out of heaven and threw them down to the earth. It stood in front of the woman about to give birth, so that it might devour the child the moment it was born” (Revelation 12:3-4).

A red dragon with seven heads and ten horns stands in front of the woman who is screaming and about to give birth, ready to devour the child the moment it is born. The tail of the dragon sweeps a third of the stars out of heaven and throws them down to the earth.

There is a constellation known as the Dragon called Draco. Within the coil of its ‘tail’ are what is considered to be a third part of the stars. Using Pratt’s map of the heavens, the ecliptical circle around which the sun, moon, and planets travel is clockwise. The Dragon is near the center of the circle in an exalted place considered to be the top of the sky.

“How did you come to fall from the heavens, morning star, son of the dawn? How did you come to be cut to the ground, conqueror of nations? You thought to yourself, ‘I will scale the heavens, I will raise my throne above God’s stars. I will sit on the Mount of Assembly far away in the north” (Isaiah 14:12-13).

Many believe the ‘woman’ represents Miriam (Mary) who gave birth to the Messiah, however, that places Miriam in a place greater than Isra’el and the Tribe of Judah from where salvation came. I suggest that the Maiden is the nation of Isra’el, the ‘woman’ who entered into a marriage covenant with Elohim who is also known as ‘virgin’ Isra’el from whom the ‘seed of woman’ was birthed.

“Once again, I will build you; you will be rebuilt, virgin of Isra’el. Once again, equipped with your tambourines, you will go out and dance with the merrymakers” (Jeremiah 31:3).

The Hebrew word for ‘scream’ is ילל or yalal and means ‘to howl or wail.’ This has been Isra’el’s spiritual battle since Elohim put a curse on the Serpent and his ‘seed.’ Isra’el has suffered much travail in bringing forth salvation to the world, first as the Lamb of Elohim, and to be soon revealed as the Lion of Judah. From the centuries of slavery in Egypt, their years of captivity in Babylon, their near-demise in Persia, their near assimilation with Syria, the Crusades, the Inquisitions, and the Holocaust, the children of Isra’el have mourned and wailed at the loss of their infants and children, their Temple, and their Land of Promise.

“She gave birth to a son, a male child, the one who will rule all the nations with a staff of iron. But her child was snatched up to God and his throne;  and she fled into the desert, where she has a place prepared by God so that she can be taken care of for 1,260 days” (Revelation 12:5-6).

The male child that Isra’el birthed is the ‘salvation’ of the world or Yeshua. According to Psalm 2, once Yeshua receives his inheritance of the nations, they will need to be broken with an iron rod. This suggests that even when King Messiah rules the world, there will still be those who refuse his reign.

“Ask of me, and I will make the nations your inheritance; the whole wide world will be your possession. You will break them with an iron rod, shatter them like a clay pot’” (Psalm 2:8-9).

The ‘dragon’ tries to devour the child. Understanding that the ‘dragon’ is the Adversary, there are two possible meanings. The first is that at the moment of Yeshua’s birth, Satan desired to take his life. This is seen with the events surrounding the astrologers from the east and Herod’s edict to murder all baby boys in Bethlehem under two years old. To keep His son alive, Yosef is told to take Miriam and Yeshua to Egypt. The time given for their stay in Egypt is 3 ½ years. With the resurrection of Yeshua, he was taken into heaven and sits at the right hand of Elohim.

“Yeshua — who, in exchange for obtaining the joy set before him, endured execution on a stake as a criminal, scorning the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2).

An end times prophetic view of the astronomical sign is that the Virgin Isra’el, the ‘woman’ is preparing for the arrival of King Messiah. Throughout history, the ‘dragon’ has always wanted to devour the chosen people of Elohim in order to prevent first, the birth of Yeshua, and second, his return which will completely destroy the power of the ‘dragon’ on earth. Not only will the ‘woman,’ the nation of Isra’el, be taken into the wilderness for 1,260 days, but during that time, there will be two witnesses prophesying in Jerusalem for the same number of days (Revelation 11:3).

“Next there was a battle in heaven — Mikha’el and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back.  But it was not strong enough to win, so that there was no longer any place for them in heaven.  The great dragon was thrown out, that ancient serpent, also known as the Devil and Satan [the Adversary], the deceiver of the whole world. He was hurled down to the earth, and his angels were hurled down with him” (Revelation 12:7-9).

Because the revelation of Yochanan is about the times before Yeshua’s Kingdom rule on earth, I believe this is the description of the Adversary’s final removal from the heavenly realm. Though there was a heavenly battle that removed the ‘son of the morning’ from his place of leadership in the angelic realm because of his pride, this war removes Satan completely from having any place heaven. Up until this time, the Devil could come before the throne of Elohim and make accusations against righteous people.

“It happened one day that the sons of God came to serve Adonai, and among them came the Adversary. Adonai asked the Adversary, “Where are you coming from?” The Adversary answered Adonai, “From roaming through the earth, wandering here and there.”  Adonai asked the Adversary, “Did you notice my servant Iyov, that there’s no one like him on earth, a blameless and upright man who fears God and shuns evil?” (Job 1:6-8).

The Scripture says the Adversary was ‘hurled’ down. The Hebrew word for ‘hurl’ is טול or tul and means ‘sent violently.’ The same word is used of Yonah when he was ‘cast’ into the sea in order to preserve those on the ship. This is a different word from ‘fall’ used in Isaiah 14 to describe the Adversary’s fall from his place in heaven. The Hebrew word for ‘fall’ is נפל or naphal. From this word comes the word Nephilim describing the halfbreed human/angelic giants found in Genesis 6:1-6 during the days of Noach; and also in Numbers 13:33 describing what the spies saw when they explored the Promised Land.

“How did you come to fall from the heavens, morning star, son of the dawn? How did you come to be cut to the ground, conqueror of nations? You thought to yourself, ‘I will scale the heavens, I will raise my throne above God’s stars. I will sit on the Mount of Assembly far away in the north. I will rise past the tops of the clouds, I will make myself like the Most High'” Isaiah 14:12-14).

The Adversary was called ‘son of the morning’ in Isaiah 14. In the Hebrew, the word הילל or helel means ‘shining’ or ‘bright.’ From King James and a translation into Latin, this word became Lucifer meaning ‘light bringer,’ a name that is not in the Hebrew text nor has any place in the text. After his fall, the ‘son of the morning’ is described as one who ‘masquerades as an angel of light’ when in reality his desire is to proliferate the Lie that he will be like the Most High God and we can too.

“There is nothing surprising in that, for the Adversary himself masquerades as an angel of light …” (2 Corinthians 11:14).

“Then I heard a loud voice in heaven saying, “Now have come God’s victory, power and kingship, and the authority of his Messiah; because the Accuser of our brothers, who accuses them day and night before God, has been thrown out! “They defeated him because of the Lamb’s blood and because of the message of their witness. Even when facing death they did not cling to life. “Therefore, rejoice, heaven and you who live there!(Revelation 12:10-11).

When the Adversary is ‘hurled’ out of the heavenly realm, he can no longer accuse the brothers day and night. He is defeated through the blood of the Lamb and the testimony of the ones who did not cling to life, but were willing to die. Though heaven rejoices in the victory, power, kingship and authority of King Yeshua, the earth will experience the anger of Satan because he knows his time is short.

The Hebrew word for ‘victory’ is תשועה or teshuah and means ‘salvation’ and ‘deliverance’ and is related to yeshua or ‘salvation.’ There is one letter difference between ‘salvation’ and teshuvah which means ‘return’ or ‘repent.’ I found this to be significant to the gospel of the Kingdom. After one repents, returns to Elohim and His ways, they receive ‘salvation.’

Hebrew Letter Pictures

תשובה – Return or Repent – teshuvah

Tet is a picture of a Snake and means ‘to twist.’

Shin is a picture of a Tooth and means ‘to consume.’

Vav is a picture of a Nail and means ‘binding.’

Bet is a picture of a House and means ‘family.’

Hey is a picture of a Window and means ‘to reveal.’

teshuvah means ‘the revealing of the family bound to being consumed by the twisting.’

תשועה – Salvation or Deliverance – teshuah

Tet is a picture of a Snake and means ‘to twist.’

Shin is a picture of a Tooth and means ‘consume.’

Vav is a picture of a Nail and means ‘binding.’

Ayin is a picture of an Eye and means ‘to see and understand.’

Hey is a picture of a Window and means ‘to reveal.’

teshuah means ‘to reveal and see and understand the binding to the twisting is consumed’

ישוע – Salvation – Yeshua

Yod is a picture of a Closed Hand and means ‘a finished work.’

Shin is a picture of a Tooth and means ‘consume.’

Vav is a picture of a Nail and means ‘binding.’

Ayin is a picture of an Eye and means ‘to see and understand.’

yeshua means ‘to see and understand the binding consumed by the finished work’

The Hebrew word for ‘power’ is תקף or tokef and means ‘strength’ and ‘energy.’ The Hebrew word for ‘authority’ is also tokef. Using this word twice means that it is an established matter. The Hebrew word for ‘kingship’ is מלך or melek and means ‘king.’ Kingdom is מלכות or malchut. This word is used in the second part of the recited Shema: Baruch shem kavod malchuto l’olam va-edBlessed be His name whose glorious kingdom is forever. Amen! This is the time for rejoicing, for spinning around as David did when he brought the Ark into Jerusalem.

But woe to you, land and sea, for the Adversary has come down to you, and he is very angry, because he knows that his time is short!” When the dragon saw that he had been hurled down to the earth, he went in pursuit of the woman who had given birth to the male child.  But the woman was given the two wings of the great eagle, so that she could fly to her place in the desert, where she is taken care of for a season and two seasons and half a season, away from the serpent’s presence” (Revelation 12:12-14).

Because the Adversary has been thrust out of heaven, he is angry. He knows his time is short and he will bring woes to the earth. The Hebrew word for ‘woe’ is אוי or oy and means ‘to become impassioned with grief and despair.’

The vision continues with the use of the symbolism in the constellations in the heavenly realm. Now that the dragon, the Adversary, has been hurled down to earth, he pursues ‘the woman’ or Isra’el whose ‘male child,’ Yeshua has been given the Kingdom.

Isra’el is given the two wings of a great eagle in order that she might fly to a place in the wilderness for 3 ½ years away from the Adversary’s presence. This is reminiscent of how yod hey vav hey delivered the Israelites from Egypt. According to Exodus, when they were carried on eagles’ wings, they were brought into the wilderness into the presence of Elohim at Mt. Sinai.

“‘You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself” (Exodus 19:4).

The prophet Isaiah also uses the imagery of an eagle to describe those who ‘hope’ in Elohim. In the wilderness, Isra’el will renew her strength. She will once again become a strong nation, not growing weary or tired. Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh will be Isra’el deliverance. He will have compassion on His people and protect them.

“But those who hope in Adonai will renew their strength, they will soar aloft as with eagles’ wings; when they are running they won’t grow weary, when they are walking they won’t get tired” (Isaiah 40:31).

Some people believe the judgments in Revelation are not consecutive, but happen concurrently. In Matthew 24, the words in this part of the vision may refer to his reference to the ‘abomination of desolation. He said that ‘for the sake of those who had been chosen,’ the time must be cut short or no one would survive. Either the time will be cut short with a ‘bang’ ending or cut short in the sense of escaping to the hills, the Judean desert. It is obvious from Yeshua’s words that the chosen ones need to pray for the timing of the escape – that it not be in winter or on the Shabbat.

“That will be the time for those in Y’hudah to escape to the hills. If someone is on the roof, he must not go down to gather his belongings from his house;  if someone is in the field, he must not turn back to get his coat. What a terrible time it will be for pregnant women and nursing mothers! Pray that you will not have to escape in winter or on Shabbat. For there will be trouble then worse than there has ever been from the beginning of the world until now, and there will be nothing like it again! Indeed, if the length of this time had not been limited, no one would survive; but for the sake of those who have been chosen, its length will be limited” (Matthew 24:16-22).

The serpent spewed water like a river out of its mouth after the woman, in order to sweep her away in the flood;  but the land came to her rescue — it opened its mouth and swallowed up the river which the dragon had spewed out of its mouth” (Revelation 12:15-16).

The following verse from the prophet Isaiah and explains what happens when the serpent ‘comes in like a flood.’ The Spirit of Elohim will lift up a standard against him. The Spirit of Elohim is symbolized by ‘water.’ However, the Adversary will spew water, a false spirit, in order to sweep Isra’el away. This spirit will be so deceptive that the land opens its mouth and swallows the river.

“So [as the result of the Messiah’s intervention] they shall [reverently] fear the name of the Lord from the west, and His glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him and put him to flight [for He will come like a rushing stream which the breath of the Lord drives]” (Isaiah 59:19, Amplified Bible).

Water is also symbolic of the Word of God. According to Sha’ul, the Messiah washes his Bride in the water of the Word purifying and cleansing her. What is spewed out of the mouth of the Adversary are words that defile and blaspheme the Elohim of Isra’el. It is his desire to destroy the chosen people through lies and hatred toward the Torah.

“Husbands, love your wives just as Messiah also loved His community and gave Himself up for her to make her holy, having cleansed her by immersion in the word. Messiah did this so that He might present to Himself His glorious community—not having stain or wrinkle or any such thing, but in order that she might be holy and blameless” (Ephesians 5:25-27).

The ‘land’ delivers Isra’el. The Greek word for ‘land’ in this verse means ‘earth.’ In the wilderness, the earth swallowed the sons of Korech for their rebellion against Moshe.

“The earth opened its mouth and swallowed them and their households, including every human that belonged to Korah and all their possessions” (Numbers 16:32).

In Hebrew the word for ‘land is ארץ or eretz and means ‘earth’ as in ‘whole earth.’ The word eretz is used for Eretz Isra’el or the ‘land of Isra’el’ as well as ha’aretz hamuvtakhat or Promised Land. To consider that the Promised Land, the Land of Isra’el opened up and swallowed the Adversary’s blasphemous words shows the holiness and uniqueness of ‘The Land.’

The dragon was infuriated over the woman and went off to fight the rest of her children, those who obey God’s commands and bear witness to Yeshua” (Revelation 12:17).

The Adversary becomes infuriated because of Elohim’s miraculous protection of ‘the woman,’ Isra’el. He turns is anger on those who obey the Torah and have a witness of Yeshua. Some versions of the Bible call them ‘saints’ or ‘sanctified ones.’ In Hebrew they are translated ‘holy ones’ or kadoshim.

What makes these children of ‘the woman,’ Isra’el unique is that they have a testimony of Yeshua and keep Torah. Judaism does not acknowledge Yeshua as Messiah so most Jews have no testimony of him in their lives while they accept and try to observe Torah commands. Christianity has taught the Torah has been nullified by the cross so few actually keep the commandments of Elohim. Without obedience, there is no Spirit. Neither group with partial testimony fit the description of kadoshim.

The ‘children of the woman,’ Isra’el are those who have embraced the first-century Messianic vision of the commonwealth of Isra’el where gentiles are no longer foreigners to the covenants and promises given to Isra’el. These people represent the Olive Tree of Isra’el, the joining of natural branches, Jews with the wild grafted-in branches, gentiles. These are not just believers in Yeshua, but followers who obey the commandments of his Father, the Torah. Through the Spirit of Elohim they have become ‘one new man’ where there is no dividing wall between Jew and non-Jew. These people with a Messianic vision have allowed the Spirt of Elohim to sanctify them by the Truth of the Word through faith in Yeshua, making them ‘saints.’

Revelation 13 – The Beast and Its Mark

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Revelation Chapter 11 – Two Witnesses

 “I was given a measuring rod like a stick and told, “Get up, and measure the Temple of God and the altar, and count how many people are worshipping there! But the court outside the Temple, leave that out; don’t measure it; because it has been given to the Goyim, and they will trample over the holy city for forty-two months.”

Yochanan is told to measure the Temple and the altar. He is also told to count the number of people worshipping in the area.

Specific measurements for the Millennial Temple are given to the prophet Ezekiel. In chapter 42, he measures the thickness of the walls, the gates, the gate entrances, the guardrooms, the different dimensions of the courtyard from the north, south, east, and west, the sanctuary, and the Most Holy Place. In chapter 43, he is also given the dimensions of the altar.

Many people believe the sacrifices stopped when Yeshua died on the cross. This is not Biblically accurate. Many years after Yeshua’s resurrection, Sha’ul made a Nazarite vow that included an offering. This supports the truth that Sha’ul never spoke against the Torah, the Temple or the sacrifices of which he was accused by ‘false witnesses.’

“The next day Sha’ul took the men, purified himself along with them and entered the Temple to give notice of when the period of purification would be finished and the offering would have to be made for each of them” (Acts 21:26).

The sacrifices and offerings stopped when the Temple was destroyed in A.D. 70. When any Temple is rebuilt, those offerings and sacrifices will resume and there will be people at the altar worshipping Elohim in this manner.

The courtyard outside of the Millennial Temple will not be measured because the goyim, the nations, will trample it for 3 1/2 years. Though the word goyim is translated into gentiles, the word can also mean pagans. The Hebrew word ‘trample’ is ramas and means ‘oppression.’ During the 42 months, the gentiles, will oppress the outer court. According to Webster’s Dictionary, oppress means to spiritually burden, to crush or burden by abuse of power or authority. In the second Temple, the outer court was where the women of Isra’el gathered. Though Ezekiel’s vision of the Temple is not the second temple, the outer court, whether it should be the gathering place for believing nations or women of Isra’el, will be an oppressive place and pagans will destroy it.

“Here is what Adonai Elohim says: ‘No foreigner, uncircumcised in both heart and flesh, is to enter my sanctuary — no foreigner living among the people of Isra’el” (Ezekiel 44:9).

“Also I will give power to my two witnesses; and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, dressed in sackcloth.” These are the two olive trees and the two menorahs standing before the Lord of the earth. If anyone tries to do them harm, fire comes out of their mouth and consumes their enemies — yes, if anyone tries to harm them, that is how he must die. They have the authority to shut up the sky, so that no rain falls during the period of their prophesying; also they have the authority to turn the waters into blood and to strike the earth with every kind of plague as often as they want.”

There are several thoughts as to who or what the two witnesses may be. Some believe it is the Jew and Gentile as One New Man witness, but I’m not sure how they dress in sackcloth. Others suggest the two witnesses cannot be individual people because it is not possible that two individuals can affect the whole world with such intensity in their life and death. I beg to differ on that idea because in our world today with all sorts of technology, a one world government, religion, and economic system, two people who breathe fire and turn water into blood can have an affect on the world. The two witnesses are described as ‘two olive trees’ and ‘two menorahs’ that stand before the Lord of the earth as explained to the prophet Zechariah in chapter 4.

He was asked by an angel what he saw while he saw a vision or had a dream. Zechariah responded that he saw a menorah with two olives trees next to it – one on each side. The angel explained the menorah and the olive trees refer to Zerubbabel who will put the capstone in place for the foundation of the Millennial Temple and who will also finish it. Those who see the day when the plumbline is in the hand of Zerubbabel will rejoice. He then says that the seven lamps on the menorah are the “eyes of Adonai that range about all over the earth” (Zechariah 4:7-10).

Zechariah asked about the two olive trees on the right and left of the menorah that poured gold-colored oil through two gold spouts. The angel told him:

Those are the two who have been anointed with oil; they are standing with the Lord of all the land” (Zechariah 4:14).

From Zechariah’s vision, it can be understood that these two witnesses are highly anointed people who have a direct spiritual connection to the “Lord of all the land.” Their power from yod hey vav hey includes fire coming from their mouths consuming their enemies. Whoever tries to harm them will die in the same way.

More specific details are given about these two witnesses. One is that they have power to stop rain during their days of prophesying; the other is they can turn water into blood and to strike the world with plagues whenever they desire.

Elijah during his tenure on earth had the power to stop rain from falling on Isra’el. This suggests that one of the witnesses may be Elijah. Scripture says it is appointed for a man to die once and then face judgment (Hebrews 9:27). Elijah never died but was taken to heaven in a fiery chariot.

Moshe during his tenure on earth had the power to turn water into blood and to bring forth plagues upon Egypt. Moshe did die. He was buried somewhere in the land of Moab, but his grave was never revealed by God.

Both Moshe and Elijah were seen glorified with Yeshua by Kefa, Ya’akov, and Yochanan on the Mount of Transfiguration. At that time, the disciples believed that Yeshua was setting up his Millennial Kingdom and asked if they could put up sukkot or tents for the Feast of Tabernacles. Though they had a correct prophetic understanding, their timing was off. However, the fact that these two men appeared with Yeshua could suggest they are the two witnesses not only to the glory of Yeshua, but his two witnesses who prophesy about him for 1,260 days.

There is another possibility for the two witnesses. Translating the Hebrew from Zechariah 4:14, the words read, “these are two sons of fresh oil.” ‘Fresh oil’ was used to anoint high priests and kings. In Zechariah, the high priest is referred to is Yoshua while the prince/king is Zerubbabel.

Yoshua was the first high priest of the rebuilt Jerusalem after the Jewish exiles returned from Persia. This is not the same Yoshua who brought the children of Isra’el into the Promised Land. This Yoshua descended from the priestly lineage of Levi and Aaron. In Zechariah 3, he stands before Yeshua, the angel of Elohim, and the Accuser. He represents the filthiness of Isra’el their guilt that needed to be judged. Yeshua removes Yoshua’s dung-soiled clothes and replaces them with a clean turban and rich garments. A stone is placed before him representing ‘the Branch’ that has ‘seven eyes’ or is the seven-branched menorah. ‘Branch’ in Hebrew is netzer. From this word comes Nazareth, Yeshua of Nazareth and the word Nazarene.

Zerrubabel returned with Yoshua from Persia. His grandfather, Shealtiel, was the last king of Judah before the Jews were exiled. Zerubbabel became the first king of the re-established city of Jerusalem and the province of Judea. As a descendant of Judah, he was of the lineage of David and ultimately King Yeshua. The name Zerubbabel means ‘pressed out, like an olive, of Babel.’ A related root of Zerubbabel is netzer, the Branch. Haggai prophesies about ‘the Day’ when Zerubbabel will be Elohim’s ‘signet ring’ and his authority is ‘not by might, nor by power, but by the Spirit of yod hey vav hey.’

“When that day comes,’ says Adonai-Tzva’ot, ‘I will take you, Z’rubavel, my servant, the son of Sh’alti’el,’ says Adonai, ‘and wear you like a signet ring; for I have chosen you,’ says Adonai-Tzva’ot” (Haggai 2:23).

These two witnesses symbolizing the High-Priest King Messiah always occur together in Scripture. If they are the two witnesses during the first 3 1/2 years of Tribulation, they will be most likely be prophesying about the filthiness and guilt of Isra’el in the midst of a false Temple with the anti-messiah central to that worship and the false prophet who perform ‘miracles.’

“Who among you is left that saw this house in its former glory? And how does it look to you now? It seems like nothing to you, doesn’t it?” (Haggai 2:3).

“When they finish their witnessing, the beast coming up out of the Abyss will fight against them, overcome them and kill them; and their dead bodies will lie in the main street of the great city whose name, to reflect its spiritual condition, is “S’dom” and “Egypt” — the city where their Lord was executed on a stake. Some from the nations, tribes, languages and peoples see their bodies for three-and-a-half days and do not permit the corpses to be placed in a tomb. The people living in the Land rejoice over them, they celebrate and send each other gifts, because these two prophets tormented them so.”

When they finish giving their testimony, the beast comes up out of the Abyss and fights against them. He is given the power to overcome them and kill them. Their dead bodies will lie on the main street of Jerusalem. Because of the spiritual condition of Jerusalem, it is referred to as Sodom and Egypt.

Sodom was known for its blatant sin of sexual immorality, homosexuality in the days of Abraham. However, the prophet Ezekiel was told the crimes of Sodom included pride, gluttony, and arrogance. She and her ‘daughters’ were careless and complacent so they did nothing to help the poor and needy (Ezekiel 16:49). This is the spiritual condition of Jerusalem: rampant homosexuality, pride, excess in eating and drinking, and an offensive display of superiority.

Their bodies lay in the street for 3 1/2 days and no one allows their bodies to be buried. Some from the tribes, nations, and tongues will see the dead bodies. The people of the Land of Isra’el will rejoice over them. They will celebrate and give each other gifts.

It is apparent from the reaction of the tribes and nations that these two witnesses did not preach a message of political correctness or social justice. They were more than an annoyance, they tormented the people. The Greek word for ‘torment’ in this verse means ‘torture’ or ‘vex with grievous pains.’ The people wanted these prophets dead. After 3 1/2 years, they are killed by the ‘beast’ that comes up from the Abyss, the deep void.

There are two places to dwell in Scripture. One can dwell in the Kingdom or on earth. Even before the Kingdom of Messiah comes, one can be a Kingdom dweller with a focus on the spiritual things of heaven walking in the Spirit. Earth-dwellers could be likened to flesh people whose focus is on the earth and what is happening with the earth.

It is the earth-dwellers who rejoice over the death of these two witnesses for Elohim. They will be so happy that they exchange gifts. Because these are ‘earth dwellers’ and not heavenly minded people, I have often thought that perhaps this celebration will happen around Christmastime when nations around the world send gifts to one another. As Isra’el continues to embrace ‘freedom of religion’ in the Land promised to Abraham, many religions with their idolatrous practices have the liberty to worship whatever gods they choose.

“But after the three-and-a-half days a breath of life from God entered them, they stood up on their feet, and great fear fell on those who saw them. Then the two heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here!” And they went up into heaven in a cloud, while their enemies watched them. In that hour there was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city collapsed. Seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake, and the rest were awestruck and gave glory to the God of heaven.”

After 3 1/2 days, the prophets of Elohim stand up. They are resurrected to life. This event brings great fear to those who witness breath of Elohim bringing these two back to life. A loud voice from to them and they go up to heaven in a cloud while their enemies watch.

This cloud is the cloud of the faithful who attain the resurrection. When Yeshua ascended into heaven, he was enveloped in a cloud. Only 40 days before at his resurrection, Matthew records that holy people were resurrected in Jerusalem. It is these resurrected men and women, the firstfruits of the resurrection, who attained the goal the ultimate goal of the resurrection of the dead (Philippians 3:11).

In the book of Hebrews, a great cloud of witnesses surrounds those who run the race for the ultimate prize. This is not a race for salvation, but a race for complete and final deliverance from death. They run knowing that there will be times of struggle, of discipline, but ultimately their faith run will bring them to the goal of the resurrection of the dead. It is this great cloud of faithful enveloping these two men bringing them into the glory of the Kingdom of Elohim.

“The second woe has passed; see, the third woe is coming quickly.”

The second revelation of despair and the torment from the two witnesses followed by their death and resurrection has passed. The Hebrew word for ‘woe’ is oy and means ‘an impassioned expression of grief and despair. For the earth-dwellers, a third revelation of despair is to come quickly.

The seventh angel sounded his shofar; and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdom of the world has become the Kingdom of our Lord and his Messiah, and he will rule forever and ever!”

With the seventh messenger blowing his shofar, loud voices proclaim that the kingdom of the world has become the Kingdom of Messiah. Years ago I heard someone say that the Tribulation is either the last 7 years of this world’s age or the beginning 7 years of Messiah’s reign when he has to cleanup the world before taking his seat of authority in Jerusalem. Because the Kingdom comes to Messiah before the third ‘woe,’ I tend to lean toward the idea that he’s judging the world in order to set up his reign.

“The twenty-four elders sitting on their thrones in God’s presence fell on their faces and worshipped God, saying, “We thank you, Adonai, God of heaven’s armies, the One who is and was, that you have taken your power and have begun to rule.”

The twenty-four elders, the leaders of the priestly lineages outlined by King David, thank Elohim for taking power and beginning their rule over the earth. They thank the Elohim of heaven’s armies, the One who was and is and now has come.

“The Goyim raged. But now your rage has come, the time for the dead to be judged, the time for rewarding your servants the prophets and your holy people, those who stand in awe of your name, both small and great. It is also the time for destroying those who destroy the earth.”

The nations raged.

“Why are the nations in an uproar, the peoples grumbling in vain? The earth’s kings are taking positions, leaders conspiring together, against Adonai and his anointed. They cry, “Let’s break their fetters! Let’s throw off their chains!”

He who sits in heaven laughs; Adonai looks at them in derision. Then in his anger he rebukes them, terrifies them in his fury. “I myself have installed my king on Tziyon, my holy mountain” (Psalm 2:1-6).

Now it is time for the rage of Yeshua, the time to judge the dead and reward his servants the prophets and his holy people who stand in awe of his name. Proverbs 30:4 asks an important question: Do you know His name and the name of His son?

For many millennia, the name of Elohim, the yod hey vav hey, has remained a mystery. The priesthood decided that the name of Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh should only be spoken on Yom Kippur and then only by the High Priest. Because of this decision, the pronounciation of the name of Elohim has been lost, twisted, created, and everything else. Yet, when yod hey vav hey gave His name to Moshe, He said it was ‘His Memorial Name FOREVER.’ How quickly ‘forever’ became ‘only for a certain length of time.’

Hebrew Word Pictures

Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh – יהוה – Yahweh

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

Hey is a picture of a ‘window’ and means ‘to reveal.’

Vav is a picture of a ‘nail’ and means ‘binding.’

Hey is a picture of a ‘window’ and means ‘to reveal.’

The name of Elohim: “the finished work reveals the binding revealed.”

The name of His Son has also been changed from the Hebrew name given to Miriam and Yosef to an Anglicized form of Latin that now is in English. The ‘name above all names’ has lost its Jewish identity, culture and nation. Standing in ‘awe of His name’ means to know His name and not some translated form.

Yeshua – ישוע

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

Shin is a picture of a ‘tooth’ and means ‘consume.’

Vav is a picture of a ‘nail’ and means ‘binding.’

Ayin is a picture of an ‘eye’ and means ‘to see.’

Yeshua means ‘the finished work consumes the binding [nails], seen.”

Then the Temple of God in heaven was opened, and the Ark of the Covenant was seen in his Temple; and there were flashes of lightning, voices, peals of thunder, an earthquake and violent hail.”

When Moshe was given the design for the Tabernacle, especially the Golden Menorah, he was told to make it from what he saw on the mountain. This is because everything in the Tabernacle is a shadow of what is in heaven.

Now the Temple of Elohim in heaven opens up and the realities of the shadows are revealed (Colossians 2:16). . The Ark of the Covenant, considered the throne of Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh is revealed. Flashes of lighting, voices, thunder, violent hail and an earthquake accompanies the revelation of the Ark.

In Exodus when Elohim wanted to meet with the people, he descended on the mountain with thunder, lightning, smoke, and the sound of the shofar. This was only a glimpse at the heavenly realm and the throne of Elohim and it caused the people to tremble (Exodus 19:16, 20:15).

In the book of Job, the thundering of Elohim’s majestic voices sounds like a roar, like the roar of the Lion of Y’hudah. Lighting is released while his voice, Yeshua, is heard (Job 37:4).

“The lion has roared. Who will not fear? Adonai, God, has spoken. Who will not prophesy?” (Amos 3:8).

Chapter 12 – The Birth and The Dragon

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Commandment – Hebrew: Mitzvah

מצוה

The Hebrew word for ‘commandment’ is mitzvah. Mitzvot is plural and is found 123 times in the Hebrew Scriptures. According to Jewish tradition there are 613 commandments – positive commandments – in the Torah. Yeshua says that these commandments are divided into two specific ones: Loving God and loving your neighbor (Matthew 22:40).

Mitzvot means ‘command, obligation’ and in some instances ‘tradition.’

“All this is because Avraham heeded what I said and did what I told him to do — he followed my mitzvot, my regulations and my teachings” (Genesis 26:5).

“You are to keep my mitzvot and obey them; I am Adonai” (Leviticus 22:31).

“So that you will fear Adonai your God and observe all his regulations and mitzvot that I am giving you — you, your child and your grandchild — as long as you live, and so that you will have long life” (Deuteronomy 6:2).

“Halleluyah! How happy is anyone who fears Adonai, who greatly delights in his mitzvot (Psalm 112:1).

“Therefore I love your mitzvot more than gold, more than fine gold” (Psalm 119:127).

Hebrew Word Pictures

Mem is a picture of Water and means ‘chaos’

Tzadik is a picture of a Fishook and means ‘to draw toward’

Vav is a picture of a Nail and means ‘binding’

Tav is a picture of a Cross and means ‘sign’ or ‘to make a covenant’

mitzvot – chaos drawn toward the sign ‘of the covenant’

When Yeshua taught the people, he referred to the mitzvot and the importance of teaching others as well as obeying them. How each person responds to the mitzvot will determine their ‘place’ in the Kingdom.

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” (Matthew 5:19).

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