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Revelation Chapter 17 – The Whore and The Beast

“Then came one of the angels with the seven bowls; and he said to me, “Come, I will show you the judgment of the great whore who is sitting by many waters. The kings of the earth went whoring with her, and the people living on earth have become drunk from the wine of her whoring.”

This is an interlude within the chronology of tribulation events. Yochanan is now being shown in more detail the ‘mother of whores’ and ‘the beast’ from Revelation 13. This ‘great whore’ who sits by many waters has been the ‘drink of wine’ for kings of the earth and the people living on the earth.

The Hebrew word for ‘whore’ is zanah and means to ‘commit adultery.’ This ‘whore’ or ‘adulteress’ is a spiritual whore. She is a harlot who has chosen to forsake the Creator of the Universe, the God of Isra’el and submit to other gods. Her harlotry is worldwide and involves every nation, tribe and tongue.

This spiritual adulteress sits on many waters. Though some may suggest that this is a reference to a place, I suggest it is a reference to spiritual nourishment. Contrary to the words of Yesuha, many people believe ‘there are many ways to God’ and seek other religions to fill what is missing in their soul. There are ‘many waters’ that draw many people to its wetness, but drinking it never fulfills.

The prophet Jeremiah warns the people of Isra’el about drinking the same dirty water. It is considered ‘evil’ to abandon the ‘fountain of living water’ and dig cisterns that actually hold no water. This is spiritual adultery.

“For my people have committed two evils: they have abandoned me, the fountain of living water, and dug themselves cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water!” (Jeremiah 2:13).

Those who forsake the God of Isra’el and become spiritual harlots become ‘drunk on the wine of her whoring.’ The word for ‘whoring’ is zenunim and means ‘fornication’ suggesting that there was never a ‘marriage covenant’ between Elohim and these people. They are the godless, the irreverent, and the completely immoral who believe they have spiritual enlightening through their harlotries. Being spiritually drunk not only impairs judgment and vision, but also balance. The prophet Isaiah speaks about how the sin of fornication, compared to being drunk on wine, affects the earth.

“The earth staggers to and fro like a drunk, sways back and forth like a watchman’s shelter; its transgression weighs heavy upon it; it will fall and not rise again” (Isaiah 24:20).

This will be the condition of the earth; this is the pre-condition of mankind right now as I write this. Anti-Creator activities that are so abominable permeate the western culture. At this point the whole world isn’t embracing some of the detestable sexual activities, but apparently all the people of the nations will and kings fall into the drunken stupor.

“She must remove her whoring from her face, and her adulteries from between her breasts. Otherwise, I will strip her naked and place her as she was the day she was born, make her like a desert, place her like a dry land and kill her with thirst. I will have no pity on her children, for they are children of whoring — their mother prostituted herself, she who conceived them behaved shamelessly; she said, ‘I will pursue my lovers, who give me my food and water, wool, flax, olive oil and wine’” (Hosea 3:2-5).

“He carried me off in the Spirit to a desert, and I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast filled with blasphemous names and having seven heads and ten horns. The woman was dressed in purple and scarlet and glittered with gold, precious stones and pearls. In her hand was a gold cup filled with the obscene and filthy things produced by her whoring. On her forehead was written a name with a hidden meaning, BAVEL THE GREAT, MOTHER OF WHORES AND OF THE EARTH’S OBSCENITIES. I saw the woman drunk from the blood of God’s people, that is, from the blood of the people who testify about Yeshua.”

Yochanan is taken by the Ruach haKodesh into the desert. This word is midbar and also means wilderness or uninhabited area. A desert or wilderness area gets little to no moisture, it is spiritually dry. There is no living water.

He sees a woman sitting on a scarlet beast with seven heads and ten horns. In Revelation 12:3, the dragon that gives the ‘beast’ its power is scarlet or red. This same ‘beast’ in Revelation 13 has blasphemous names written on its heads. This ‘beast’ represents a huge demonic political force given life through Satan himself.

Scarlet symbolizes power and wealth within the ‘beast’ political system. Scarlet was considered a status symbol in during the Roman Empire. Moreover, scarlet clothing is worn by Cardinals who are religious leaders in the Roman catholic hierarchical ‘beast.’ The prophet Isaiah compares sin to the color of scarlet (Isaiah 1:18) and this ‘beast’ is the embodiment of sin.

The dictionary defines blasphemy as “the act of insulting or showing contempt or lack of reverence for God” and “a mere man suggesting that he is divine.” This scarlet beast is full of blasphemous names showing its contempt for Elohim by claiming to be God Himself ruling on earth. It is not just one name that is blasphemous, but many names claiming to be God – perhaps showing how the nation’s kings embraced the Lie perpetuated in the Garden of Eden.

“The Judeans replied, “We are not stoning you for any good deed, but for blasphemy — because you, who are only a man, are making yourself out to be God” (John 10:33).

The ‘woman’ riding the scarlet beast is also dressed in scarlet and purple. The word argaman is ‘red-purple’ in Hebrew. This ‘woman’ is the global religious system that rides upon the politically demonic ‘beast.’ She glitters with gold showing her wealth, topaz showing her religious spirit (Ezekiel 28:13), and pearls showing her ‘beauty’ comes from everything unclean. She is gaudy – excessively showy, ostentatiously embellished. Her pride puts her high upon the ‘beast.’

In her hand she holds a golden cup filled with filthy and obscene things – abominations – produced by her whoring. On her head is written a name: Babylon the Great, Mother of Whores, and the Earth’s Obscenities. The word sod is used for ‘mystery’ and means ‘hidden.’ It is used for a secret or mystical meaning of a Scripture. Though the meaning of her name may be mysterious, her global conquest of religions into one is not.

As the ‘mark of the beast,’ is put on the forehead or hand, this ‘whore’ wearing scarlet holds abominations in her hand and her forehead is marked by a mysterious name. It would seem that those who embrace this religious system and follow its political schemes will receive the ‘mark of this beast.’

Yochanan sees the ‘whore’ drunk on the blood of the people who testify about Yeshua. This scarlet-beast religious political system will be murderous – a system that wants anyone who makes a stand for Yeshua removed from the earth. Those who stand firm as witnesses for Yeshua will be martyred by this bejeweled woman and her false, anti-Torah, lawless religious system.

“On seeing her, I was altogether astounded.”

In the Hebrew, the words shammah gadolah, in the feminine, mean ‘great name.’ These two words can also mean ‘appalling desolation’ as well as ‘astonishing.’ The authority and power of this ‘woman’ distressed Yochanan and brought him great horror.

Then the angel said to me, “Why are you astounded? I will tell you the hidden meaning of the woman and of the beast with seven heads and ten horns that was carrying her.”

The angel saw Yochanan’s distress and tells him to ‘wake up’ from his shock and horror. Now the angel will explain the sod of the ‘scarlet beast.’

“The beast you saw once was, now is not, and will come up from the Abyss; but it is on its way to destruction. The people living on earth whose names have not been written in the Book of Life since the founding of the world will be astounded to see the beast that once was, now is not, but is to appear. This calls for a mind with wisdom: the seven heads are seven hills on which the woman is sitting; also they are seven kings — five have fallen, one is living now and the other is yet to come; and when he does come, he must remain only a little while. The beast which once was and now is not is an eighth king; it comes from the seven and is on its way to destruction.”

A ‘beast’ is representative of kingdoms as described by the prophet Daniel. Daniel, however, only mentions four kingdoms: Babylon, Media-Persia, Greece, and Rome. There must be others, especially one which was, now is not, and will return. Could they be Babel, Egypt, Assyria and one of these will return?

“Then they said, “Come, let’s build ourselves a city with a tower that has its top reaching up into heaven, so that we can make a name for ourselves and not be scattered all over the earth” (Genesis 11:4).

The first kingdom to develop after the flood was in the land of Shinar. It is with the tower of Babel that the people of the world for the first time combined a religious system (worship of themselves) with a government. It was at Babel, where everyone spoke one language, that set the pattern for all future world kingdoms – to set their thrones above yod hey vav hey. This is true of Nimrod in Babel, Pharaoh in Egypt, Sennacheri in Assyria, Nebuchadnezzer in Babylon (Daniel 4:3) and so forth. When kings refuse to submit to the Torah of Elohim, they become a law unto themselves. This is the ‘spirit of anti-messiah’ that is alive today in the world (1 John 4:3).

“Look at the land of the Kasdim [Chaldeans]! This was the people who did not exist … so that it has been made a ruin” (Isaiah 23:13).

The land of the Kasdim ancient Babel. When Yochanan was shown this revelation, Babel no longer existed though it had been ‘revived’ during the days of Nebuchadnezzer in Babylon. This is the “Mystery Babylon” in Revelation 17:9. This will be the last kingdom with a king that seeks to set his throne above Elohim.

“For the Day will not come until after the Apostasy has come and the man who separates himself from Torah has been revealed, the one destined for doom. He will oppose himself to everything that people call a god or make an object of worship; he will put himself above them all, so that he will sit in the Temple of God and proclaim that he himself is God” (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4).

“Human being, tell the prince of Tzor that Adonai Elohim says: ‘Because you are so proud and have said, “I am a god; I sit on the throne of God, surrounded by the sea”; yet you are a man, not God, even though you think that you think like God” (Ezekiel 28:2).

The people of the earth who do not have any understanding of prophecy will be astounded that this once-dead ‘beast’ kingdom comes back to life. This kingdom doesn’t come out of the ‘sea of nations,’ but out of the Abyss of demonic darkness.

The angel says that it calls for a mind of wisdom to understand the mystery. In Revelation 13:15, wisdom is needed for those who understand the number of the ‘beast,’ as it is the number of a person. It would truly be astounding to see Nimrod, the first powerful ruler on earth who hunted people’s souls to be resurrected from the Abyss after being beheaded by Esau (Book of Jasher 27).

“He was a mighty hunter before Adonai — this is why people say, “Like Nimrod, a mighty hunter before Adonai” (Genesis 10:9).

“Kush fathered Nimrod, who was the first powerful ruler on earth” (1 Chronicles 1:10).

“And Nimrod and two of his men that were with him came to the place where they were, when Esau started suddenly from his lurking place, and drew his sword, and hastened and ran to Nimrod and cut off his head” (Jasher 27:10).

According to the angel, the seven heads are seven hills. The only city that sits on seven hills is Rome. Each of these hills each have pagan gods and goddesses attached to them: Aventine Hill (dedicated to goddess Diana), Caelian Hill (merging of Roman and Greek gods), Capitoline Hill (dedicated to god Saturn/Christmas, and Jupiter), Esquiline Hill (nymphs who animate nature), Palatine Hill (Temple of Cybele, the Great Mother), Quirinal Hill (dedicated to god Quirinus), and Viminal Hill (Babylonaian Ishter/Easter).

Wisdom suggests there are two different religious systems in the world: one that has been usurping Truth for centuries comes from Rome and the pope, the other comes from Mt. Tziyon teaching the Truth of Torah and the Word of Yeshua.

“For out of Tziyon will go forth Torah, the word of Adonai from Yerushalayim” (Micah 4:2).

“The ten horns you saw are ten kings who have not yet begun to rule, but they receive power as kings for one hour, along with the beast. They have one mind, and they hand over their power and authority to the beast. They will go to war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will defeat them, because he is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those who are called, chosen and faithful will overcome along with him.”

The ten kings or horns on the ‘beast’ will have power as leaders for one hour or a very brief time. These ten kings are the ten toes on the ‘beast’ in Daniel 7.

The city of these kings will also be destroyed in one hour, another unspecified time (Revelation 18:10, Isaiah 24). The Hebrew word is etzah is used for ‘mind’ and means ‘counsel’ or ‘advice,’ thus they give, as one, their counsel and advice to the government of the ‘beast.’

These kings will go to war against the Lamb. They will go to war against the Lamb. This is important as Yeshua will make war against the kings of the earth. They will perceive him as a Lamb still, but he will be a lion. Though first had to be like a lamb, he will not be led to the slaughter. He will return as the Lion of Y’hudah, the warrior King focused on conquering and being victorious. He will defeat all of them and those who are called, chosen and faithful will overcome with him.

The Hebrew qara for ‘called ‘ means not only ‘to call, to proclaim,’ but ‘invited.’ Those who are ‘invited’ will overcome with him. The Hebrew word for ‘chosen’ means ‘those he knew before the foundations of the world.’ These ‘loyal’ ones have the assurance of overcoming.

The overcomer will be like Ya’akov (Jacob) and have victory. When Ya’akov overcame his struggle with the angel, his name was changed to Yisra’el. Thus those who ‘wrestle with God and overcome’ are Isra’el. One Hebrew word for ‘overcome’ also means ‘shout’ and ‘roar’ like the Lion!

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

“Here is a people rising up like a lioness; like a lion he rears himself up — he will not lie down till he eats up the prey and drinks the blood of the slain” (Numbers 23:23-25).

“They will go after Adonai, who will roar like a lion; for he will roar, and the children will come trembling from the west” (Hosea 11:10).

“For here is what Adonai says to me: “As a lion or lion cub growls at its prey and isn’t frightened away by the shouts of hordes of shepherds [teachers] called out against him — their voices do not upset him — so likewise Adonai-Tzva’ot will descend to fight on Mount Tziyon, on its hill” (Isaiah 31:4).

“Then he said to me, “The waters that you saw, where the whore is sitting, are peoples, crowds, nations and languages. As for the ten horns that you saw and the beast, they will hate the whore, bring her to ruin, leave her naked, eat her flesh and consume her with fire. For God put it in their hearts to do what will fulfill his purpose, that is, to be of one mind and give their kingdom to the beast until God’s words have accomplished their intent. And the woman you saw is the great city that rules over the kings of the earth.”

The ‘waters’ where the ‘whore’ or false church sits symbolizes peoples, crowds, nations, and languages. She ‘sits’ suggests that she rules spiritually over these nations and languages. She is the personification of a perverted and adulterous church system that needs Elohim’s judgment. Because it is the will of Elohim to destroy this religious system that has broken covenant with Him, He puts in in the hearts of the ‘ten kings’ to destroy her just like He hardened Pharaoh’s heart. The kings leave her naked, eat her flesh and consume her with fire. The ten kings will then hand their kingdoms over to the ‘beast.’

What is Elohim’s covenant with His people? What is the ‘sign’ of His covenant? It is the Shabbat, the seventh-day Sabbath. In the end times, the perversion of His covenant will be rife with lawlessness, unclean spirits, and the complete removal of His covenant ‘sign’ along with those who kept it.

“And 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).

This is a serious reminder to those who have a Laodicean heart that judgment is coming. Those who mix the holy and the profane, have rationalized mixing the pagan gods of men and their holy days with those commanded by yod hey vav hey, and have created a perverted religious system that promoted breaking covenant with Elohim will be destroyed. Being found naked is one of the judgments for the people in Laodicea and comes from being too rich and self-sufficient to see their need for the Provider.

“For you keep saying, ‘I am rich, I have gotten rich, I don’t need a thing!’ You don’t know that you are the one who is wretched, pitiable, poor, blind and naked!” (Revelation 3:17).

To ‘eat her flesh’ symbolizes the carnality of the whoring church that is in its death throes. When a bacteria ‘eats flesh,’ the skin dies from the infection. The blood supply, that which brings forth life, is cut off and the skin tissues begin to decay. This is known as necrosis. This whoring church has become so carnal that it’s own fleshly desires destroy it.

The whoring church is consumed with fire. Judgment by fire is promised to those who are ungodly according to the apostle Peter. The whoring church will be filled with the ungodly and will be destroyed by fire.

“It is by that same Word that the present heavens and earth, having been preserved, are being kept for fire until the Day of Judgment, when ungodly people will be destroyed” (2 Peter 3:7).

“You are worn out with all your consultations — so let the astrologers and stargazers, the monthly horoscope-makers, come forward now and save you from the things that will come upon you! Look, they will be like straw! The fire will consume them. They will not save even themselves from the power of the flame. It will not be coals for warming oneself, not a fire to sit beside! So much for your [wizards], with whom you have worked all your life! Each will wander off in his own direction, and nobody will save you” (Isaiah 47:13-15).

“All her carved images will be smashed to pieces, all she earned consumed by fire; and I will reduce her idols to rubble. She amassed them from a whore’s wages, and as a whore’s wages they will be spent again” (Micah 1:7).

Chapter 18 – The Fall of Babylon the Great

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Covid, Isra’el and Peace Agreements

This was not written by me. I copied from a friend.

Dear family and friends in Yeshua, blessings from the Promised Land.

This update is aimed at answering two repeated questions I was recently asked by few of you via email. You asked for my opinion/interpretation on the Covid-19 situation, and the newest planned peace treaty between the United Arab Emirates and Israel; a plan that seems to be accepted, sponsored, and even “pushed” by president Trump and his administration.

Allow me to start by saying that I believe the Covid-19 and the planned peace treaty between Israel and the United Arab Emirates are strongly connected and are a clear sign to the (end) times we are living in.

In order to see the connection, we first must “rise above” the big, and at times, very confusing “forest” (the world) we are living in. We must do our very best not to get stuck in among the many “trees” (events) and look at what’s happening all around us from God’s perspective. In other words, we need to try and see how HE looks at the current situation in the world from His Heavenly habitation. We need to look at “the big picture” rather than getting stuck in “the small details.”

Where do we find the only one true description of “the big picture” as God sees it? Well, for sure not in the mainstream media! To correctly interpret the present-day situation, we must look at His Holy Word – the Bible.

God’s Word portrays a pretty clear picture when dealing with end-time events; we only need to be familiar with a few chapters in Ezekiel (38-39), Zechariah (14), Daniel (2, 8-13), Mathew (24-25), Revelation (12-13 & 17-18), to see where this world is really heading.

Now, wars and rumors of war, famine, plagues etc. seem to be only part (“small details”) of a much bigger “movement:” It seems the world we are living in these very days is making big steps towards what I like to describe as “the resurrection of the (modern-day) Tower of Babylon!”

As it was in the beginning, so it will be in the end (cyclical Hebraic/Biblical mindset – See Eccl. 1:9–10, Isa. 44:6-7, 46:9-10, 48:3…). As the people of the ancient world rebelled against God, in the manner of a one world government (“tower”), with its ruler, Nimrod, so it is with this (last) generation: The world’s leaders are doing their very best to once again unite all the world around “a tower” that they are busy building for many decades now; “a tower” they frequently describe as “the New World Order.” Yes, world leaders and politicians speak openly and freely of the need for this “New World Order.” Even our respected Prime Minister, Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu, spoke of this in the past, and added that the main thing which will help achieving that goal is, “advanced technology…”

Allow me to say it once again: We, followers of Israel’s Messiah, must see the big picture, otherwise we will get lost in the small details. We must understand that this “New World Order” is a Satanic attempt to imitate the TRUE New World Order, or System, that the God of Israel is about to establish here on Earth – An order/system which will begin with the return of His only-begotten Son, Yeshua, to reign here, from Jerusalem, “the city of the Great King,” for a thousand years! In other words: Satan, who knows that his time is short, tries to mislead the non-believing world today, into a cheap imitation of what is waiting for them in the near future – the (seventh) Millennial Kingdom of God!

Now, simple logic says that in order to create something new, the old one needs to first be removed (destroyed). It is my humble opinion that two main things are an integral part of that process of destroying the “old:” (1) a “pandemic” (in my humble opinion, a well-planned and invented one), which will help destroy (mainly) the world economy, create chaos all over the world, and eventually lead to very strict, heavy measures against the people who disobey these who lead it; and (2) a setting of the stage for a so-called “world peace” which will be brought about by Antichrist himself.

And indeed, looking at the world today, one needs to be completely blinded not to see how this “new pandemic” is shaking and severely affecting the world economy. Airlines, businesses, small and big alike, are shutting down; international (and at some places, due to lockdowns, also interior) travel is not the same anymore; people in general are very fearful and anxious, not knowing what the future holds for them; and the number of suicide attempts which are increasing around the globe, to mention only a few…

And now to the peace treaty planned to take place very soon, between the United Arab Emirates and Israel. Before I start to address this specific treaty, I want you to be aware that advanced talks and negotiations (sponsored and very much encouraged by the U.S. administration) are taking place also with other Middle East states, such as Sudan and Saudi Arabia.

People who are not aware of the big picture (see above, the satanic imitation of God’s soon coming “New World Order”), might fall into the trap of thinking: “Wow, hallelujah, at last we will have peace and tranquility in this afflicted world…” But, how can we really discern between the real thing and its fake imitation? Beloved, it is much simpler than you think. Yeshua said that the main “tool” by which we are to discern between the false and the true, is to notice the outcome–the fruits (“by their fruits you shall recognize them…” Mt. 7:16-20). So, allow me to show you the fruits of both the Covid-19 and the different peace treaties which were already made in the Middle East, and those which are going to be signed shortly.

The Covid-19 Fruits: lockdowns, fear, anxiety, panic, depression (financially and mentally), confusion, loss of more and more of our freedoms etc., etc.
The fruits of peace treaties in the Middle East: The first one was with Egypt. Do we have a real (warm) peace between Israel and Egypt? What did Egypt gain from it, and what did Israel give up for it? Egypt gained huge territory, which is almost three times the current area of the modern State of Israel (A teritory conquered by Israel in the Six-Day war, and in my humble understanding of scriptures, was an integral part of Land Promised to our forefather, Abraham!) Moreover, since that treaty was enacted, Egypt gained the support of the U.S.A in the rebuilding of its army to be one of the most advanced in the Middle East! The second one was with the State of Jordan. Exactly like with the previous one, it has been only Israel who gave up things (including territories which were given back to them lately, in the Jordan Valley and the Arava plain, recently). Since the day the peace treaty was signed between the Israeli Prime Minister Rabin and King Hussein, the very fragile Jordanian regime is actually supported by and dependent on the Israeli army! Moreover, Israel agreed to give up generous sharing of our precious water resources! And lastly, this current treaty with the United Arab Emirates: Please understand (while looking at a map of the Middle East) – This country does not have any borders with Israel, and thus, is not at all an immediate threat to us! Israel, as usual with these peace treaties, gave up the officially planned annexation of the very heart of God’s Promised Land (Judea and Samaria, mistakenly called “the occupied territories,” or, “the west bank” – A territory which is planed to be given to invented people, called “Palestinians,” so they can establish their own “sovereignty” – I.e., divide God’s Promised Land into two “independent states,” in full accordance with President Trump “deal of the century…”). Israel also allowed the U.S. to supply the Emirates with advanced weaponry, which includes F-35 plans – which poses an immediate threat to the military superiority of Israel in the Middle East!

Beloved, it is my humble opinion that all the above (and future) “peace treaties” are not based on a love for Israel, and most assuredly not on the love of the God of Israel – the only ONE true God of the universe–but rather, on temporary political interests, such as forming a Sunni Muslim coalition against the Shiite Muslim Iran. Once the mutual political interests are gone, ALL nations (for sure the Muslim ones) will come against Israel–now weaker in its military superiority and with much more threats all around her. How come? As I said it on this stage again and again, the conflicts here in the Middle East are not mere territorial ones, but rather spiritual oriented (the God of Israel and His ancient chosen nation, against idle [sic] worshipers of the God of Islam)!

My question to you beloved people is, do the above look like good fruits to you? Do they look to you like they belong to the REAL “New World Order” that God is planning for this globe? I don’t think so! Do they lead to God’s Millennial Kingdom here on Earth? Surely they do! As always, God is using the nations of the world to “chasten” His beloved chosen ones, and then, after doing so, He turns to (severely) judge the nations who came against them!

This was sent to me by a friend and I feel it is spot on!

Dear beloved family, the times which precede the return of our Lord and Savior, according to scriptures, are already here! We should wake up, discern between good and evil, examine our very hearts before the Lord, to see if there is any wickedness in us, to repent from whatever sin that separates us from Him, and make sure we fix our eyes on Him, and not on any political party, or any politician – whether he/she is on the “right” or on the “left”–and no, I’m not encouraging you not to vote, or take part in the political world, but rather, stop automatically trusting whatever politicians are telling us.

We need to endeavor to look at the “big picture” and not be stuck on the small details around us. We need to read His Word, to consume it more than ever before! We need to seek His Face and be intimate with Him, more than ever before! We need to stick with what His Word tells us, and test the spirits, whether they are from Him, or from another source.

May He help us and have mercy on us in the very challenging times in which we are living. May we “brace ourselves” as the shaking of this sinful world is becoming stronger and stronger! He is A GOOD GOD! He will finish the good work He has begun in each one of us! We only need to stay attuned to His Spirit every day, every moment; He is our only hope!

Love and Blessings in His Holy Name!

August 2020

Journey With Jeremiah: Nourishment for the Wild Olive

by Julie Almanrode

Have you ever felt like you’ve ‘inherited lies’ in your faith? That something was missing and you needed more to grow in the grace as well as the knowledge of the Lord?  This is our family’s journey of how we ‘tore down’ those lies,  ‘replanted’ and built up a re-newed covenant walk of faith in the Messiah of Israel using scriptures in Jeremiah as our vision.  Journey With Jeremiah was written with reasoned and documented Biblical responses to questions we have been asked and challenged with over the past 30 years.  This book is a unique tool for those just learning about their Biblical heritage or needing a reference that explains to friends and family how you have not ‘fallen from grace’, but want to walk as Yeshua/Jesus taught and as the chosen, redeemed, holy nation of people of God should.

Part One explores many of the misunderstood doctrines in Christianity: the new covenant, the problem in Galatia, the law vs. the Law, Peter’s vision, and the timing of Jesus’ birth. Part Two brings the ancient shadows into the reality of Yeshua bringing prophetic insights into the unexplained ‘Jewish Festivals’ that leave holes in the pages of the New Testament. Part Three includes simple recipes, study guides, and crafts to incorporate into a walk of faith that celebrates the Biblical holy days.

We are not theologians, scholars or even affiliates with any ‘brand name’ ministry or teachers. We are  non-Jewish believers in Yeshua of Nazareth, the Messiah of Israel, who desired to know Him and our heavenly Father more deeply.  His Spirit was faithful to teach us.

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“What a refreshing drink from a deep well! This book answers so many questions those who are coming out from the church and into a true walk with the Messiah seem to have. Written in a personal, gentle way but covering every topic with such clarity and depth. You will be forever changed by reading this wonderful book. Highly recommend!” (Truth Unveiled)

“An eye opening read! I find myself going back time and again for reference. It’s a perfect companion for bible study, and a great starting point for exploring the Jewish context of the Bible and our Messiah. My life and walk with God has changed so much for the better since first opening for this book!” (SamanthaShirley)

The Budding Fig Tree

The Fig Tree‘s Start

“The serpent said to the woman, “It is not true that you will surely die;  because God knows that on the day you eat from it, your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”  When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it had a pleasing appearance and that the tree was desirable for making one wise, she took some of its fruit and ate. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her; and he ate.  Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized that they were naked. So they sewed fig leaves together to make themselves loincloths” (Genesis 3:4-7). 

When the eyes of Adam and Eve were opened to their physical condition, they sewed fig leaves together to cover their spiritual nakedness.  This is the first mention of the fig tree and its leaves as an allusion to the spiritual condition of the nation of Isra’el from whom would come the ‘Seed’ of redemption.

Ficus Carica

The common fig tree is called  Ficus carica.  This tree has a long juvenile period and does not produce fruit for the first four to five years after being planted.  In other words,  the fig remains a child-tree for a period of time before maturing into adulthood.  Adult fig trees produce two crops every year.  The early crops are frequently small, acidic and inferior, only good for preserving.  The latter crop of figs has edible fruit.  Interestingly, fig trees produce their fruit before leaves.  

“I found Isra’el like grapes in the wilderness; I saw your fathers as the first ripe fruit on the fig tree in its first season…”  (Hosea 9:10).

Elohim saw the Israelites who came out of Egypt as being the first fruits of a nation.  As an immature fig tree, they fell into idolatry which resulted  in captivity and their dispersion among the nations.  They assimilated into the nations around them until Abraham’s descendants lost the faith of their ‘father.’    As Yeshua sat on the Mount of Olives with his disciples, they wondered what Isra’el would be like at the time of his return, the end of the age.  He mentions three signs, one of which is the fig tree.

“The next day as they were leaving Bethany, Yeshua was hungry. Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs.  Then he said to the tree, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard him say it” (Mark 11:12-14).

The day before this event, Yeshua had ridden into Jerusalem on the colt of a donkey.  He had been hailed as the coming King by the Jews in Jerusalem.  He had been welcomed into Jerusalem with “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD and “Blessed is the coming Kingdom of our father David” (Matthew 21:9-10). 

The ‘next day’ he was leaving Bethany with his disciples and discussing sign of the end of the age.  Bethany is in the present-day West Bank at the site of the tomb of Lazarus east of Jerusalem on the south-eastern slope of the Mount of Olives.   He is hungry and sees a fig tree in the distance.   Because there are no figs, he ‘curses’ the tree to never bear fruit again – even though it was not the season for figs. 

Hebrew Word Pictures

Fig or te’enah  – tav, alef, noon, hey

– sign of the first life revealed

Baskets of Figs

“There, in front of the temple of Adonai, two baskets of figs were placed. One of the baskets had in it very good figs, like those that ripen first; while the other basket had very bad figs, so bad that they were inedible. Then Adonai  asked me, “Yirmeyahu, what do you see?” I answered, “Figs — the good figs are very good; but the bad ones are very bad, so bad they are inedible” (Jeremiah 24:3).

Jeremiah sees two baskets of figs.  Both baskets sit in front of the Temple in Jerusalem.  One basket has good figs like those that ripen early; the other has very bad figs so bad they could not be eaten. 

“‘But concerning the bad figs that are so bad as to be inedible, Adonai says: ‘I will make Tzidkiyahu the king of Y’hudah and his leaders resemble them, likewise the rest of Yerushalayim remaining in this land and those living in the land of Egypt. Everywhere I drive them I will make them an object of horror, repulsive to all the kingdoms of the earth, a disgrace, a byword, a laughingstock and a curse; and I will send sword, famine and plague among them until they have disappeared from the land I gave them and their ancestors’” (Jeremiah 24:8-10).

The bag figs are the survivors in Jerusalem, the leading officials and the last king of Isra’el, King Zedekiah.  Though his name means ‘my righteousness is Yah,’ he had only become king because of Nebuchadnezzar.  King Zedekiah’s nephew surrendered Jerusalem to Babylon in order to save his own life.  Elohim compared the leadership of Isra’el to bad figs, detestable to all the kingdoms of the earth.  Because of their spiritual apostasy, they would be banished and destroyed by sword, famine and plague until they were gone from the land.

The bad figs in Yeshua’s day were still the spiritual leaders with whom he was constantly in conflict.  Everything within the Temple services, the lineage of the high priest and the Levitical priesthood had been perverted.  After the event with the fig tree, Yeshua returns to the Temple and judges the moneychangers and their corrupt practices.   The chief priests and Torah teachers looked for a way to kill him.

The next day as the disciples passed the fig tree, Peter sees the fig tree and says, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree you ‘cursed’ has withered!”   The withering of the tree exemplified what was happening in the Temple and spiritual apostasy of Isra’el through their leadership.

‘Cursing’ the Fig Tree

The fig tree produces fruit then leaves which is why Yeshua expected to find fruit on the fig tree.  It was unnatural for a fig tree with leaves not to have fruit.  He used this unusual occurrence to prophesy about the nation of Isra’el and its spiritual condition.

According to Vines Expository Dictionary of Greek Terms, there are several Greek words for ‘curse’: ara, katara, anathematizo and epikaratos. None of these words is used in the accounts in Matthew 21:19 or Mark 11:14.  None of these words meaning ‘devoted to destruction,’ ‘wishing evil against,’ or ‘speaking evil against’ is used.  Yeshua never ‘cursed’ the fig tree. He never wished evil against it or devoted it to destruction.  He only spoke to the tree and told it that it would not bear fruit.  The Greek word in both Matthew and Mark is lego meaning ‘said, tell, declare.’  The Greek word for ‘curse’  in Peter’s exclamation is kataraomai and means ‘to pray against.’

The cursing of the fig treehas evolved from a skewed perspective of Isra’el and the Jewish people.  From this simple anti-semitic twist, many believe the Jews killed Jesus and are cursed.  They believe Isra’el has been replaced by the Church and the chosen people of Elohim have been set aside for a new religious group called Christians because they are cursed. This is not the truth; Yeshua never cursedthe fig tree.  A cursed fig tree would remain cursed and without hope. This is not what happened to the fig tree; this is not what is prophesied for Isra’el.  If the tree had not withered, Yeshua could not have used it as a prophetic sign for the end of the age.

As a symbol of apostate Isra’el, Yeshua doesn’t curse the fig tree and send Isra’el to destruction. Though he knew his people were being led by ‘blind guides,’ and were spiritually hungry, he did not speak a curse upon them.  Instead, he prophesied that the budding of new life on the fig tree would be a sign of his close return.

“The word of Adonai came to me: “Here is what Adonai the God of Isra’el says: ‘I will regard the exiles from Y’hudah, whom I sent away from this place to the land of the Kasdim, as good, just as I do these good figs. “‘I will look after them for their good, I will bring them back to this land; I will build them up and not tear them down, plant them and not pull them up. I will give them a heart to know me that I am Adonai. They will be my people, and I will be their God; for they will return to me with all their heart” (Jeremiah 24:4-7). 

Jeremiah’s prophecy for the ‘good figs’ and the regathering of the Jewish people back to the land of promise after 70 years of captivity in Babylon was fulfilled, however, they still have not returned wholeheartedly to Elohim.  This becomes the prophecy of Yeshua for the fig tree and spiritual Isra’el. 

The early crop of fig fruit may be compared to the small group of disciples turned apostles.   The ‘acid’ of the Spirit filling their lives burnt holes in the spiritual corruption of Isra’el.   They were inferior to the leadership that deceived the ‘lost sheep of the house of Isra’el.’   Yet, the testimony of these first few figs brought forth the fruit of the first century congregation of followers of Messiah.  Their actions and words are preserved in the gospels and the letters.

“Now let the fig tree teach you its lesson: when its branches begin to sprout and leaves appear, you know that summer is approaching.  In the same way, when you see all these things, you are to know that the time is near, right at the door.  Yes! I tell you that this people will certainly not pass away before all these things happen. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away” (Matthew 24:32).

According to Yeshua’s prophecy, at an ‘appointed time’ near the end of the age and the restoration of the Kingdom, Isra’el would be restored as a nation.  The fig tree would bud.  This happened in 1948 when Isra’el became a nation again.  They would begin to have life when the leaves appeared which happened in 1967 when Isra’el regained control of Jerusalem and their ‘spiritual’ center.   The Messianic Jewish movement of Jewish people putting their faith in the Jewish Messiah, Yeshua took root.   This remnant of faithful returned to the Land and to Elohim wholeheartedly.    However, according to Yeshua, there will be no latter spiritual fruit until after the great apostasy and all of Isra’el cry out for him and welcome him back.  These edible figs will nourish the nations through the Messianic era.

“Look! God is abandoning your house to you! I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of Adonai!’ (Luke 13:35).

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