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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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The Days of Noah

My view of the ‘days of Noah’ may differ from most because I believe in spiritual beings. I also believe when the text states that the ‘sons of God’ had sex with the ‘daughters of men,’ it is literal. I believe that because angels are not supposed to have sex with mortals, this became the abomination that had to be judged by God.

I believe angels, who are always referred to as ‘sons of God’ in Hebrew, had sex with human women. According to the Book of Enoch, the angels were attracted to the long flowing hair of human women – hence the tradition for ‘covering of the woman’s head because of the angels’ found in 2 Corinthians 13.

The offspring between the angels and human women were ‘giants’ or Nephilim. More specifically, they were half-breeds – spirit beings and human beings. The Book of Enoch explains more about what was happening during these ‘days’, but suffice it to say that the Nephilim drank blood – of animals and humans. They had sexual relations with animals which became prohibited in Torah. They were very violent destroying everything around them.

The consequences of the flood were three-fold. First, the human woman who fornicated with angels drowned. Everything that had the breath of life in them died, including land animals. All mankind died except for Noah and his family. Second, the angels that had sex with women were bound in chains until the coming end Judgement (Jude 4-6). Third, the Nephilim half-breeds were neither fully human nor fully spiritual. Though they could physically die in the flood, they lived on spiritually. Their disembodied spirits became the evil spirits or demons that roam on the earth. These evil spirits look for a body to possess. Yeshua cast these evil spirits out of people.

People throughout all the world know about these spirits. Some worship evil spirits through witchcraft and channel them as demonic entities. What is known today as Halloween has been evolving since the ‘days of Noah.’ Halloween became the ‘day’ when the disembodied spirits roamed the earth looking for a place to dwell. People, fearing these spirits, put out hollowed turnips to trap them so they would not be possessed. Today, pumpkins have replaced turnips though few know the reason or understand the spiritual severity of doing this.

Ultimately, Noah’s flood was about ridding the earth of wicked humanity and judging the fallen angels. Their offspring, the Nephilim settled in Canaan. This is the reason God had Isra’el fight to destroy the Canaanites. This nation of people had embraced the demonic rituals of the Nephilim, the heros of renown. This is the reason Isra’el had to put their faith in God for victory over their enemies. The battles were more than physical – they were most definitely spiritual.

The Bible says the Nephilim, the disembodied spirits remain on the earth after the flood. Yeshua told us that when he returns, it will be like the ‘days of Noah.’ In those days, there was a an interbreeding, a twisting of DNA, and an abomination in the lineage of humanity. Only eight people were placed in the Ark and survived the flood.

When I was a new believer a pastor asked me ‘where’ in the Bible is the majority right. I knew that I knew that I knew that it was a trick question. So, after much deliberation in my head without much Biblical understanding, I responded, ‘Nowhere.’ Yes, nowhere in the Bible is the majority right and this is why good parents teach their children not to follow the crowd. You know, “If the crowd jumps off a cliff, will you follow?” Nope. Never have. Never will because the Truth is contained not just inside the Ark, but outside as well. Millions, in the ‘days of Noah’ believed they were right and eight ‘crazy, conspiracy theorists’ who believed it was going to rain were wrong. The answer – found in every culture on earth – reveals those who were truly righteous and those who lost their lives.

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Parashah 2: Noach (Noah)

Parashah 2: Genesis 6:9-11:32

“Here is the history of Noah. In his generation, Noah was a man righteous and wholehearted; Noah walked with God. Noah fathered three sons, Shem, Ham and Yefet” (Genesis 6:9-10).

Noah was different in his generation from the rest of mankind.  Noah was a righteous man who walked wholeheartedly with Elohim.  The word ‘righteous’ simply means ‘living rightly’ before Elohim.  ‘Wholehearted’ means that he did not have a divided heart swayed by the corruption of the world around him.  Scripture doesn’t indicate that he was even tempted by the evil happening in the world.  In the pre-flood corrupt world where people’s hearts had only evil intent, Noah was different, set apart by Elohim.

Hebrew Word Pictures

Noah (Comfort) or Noach – נח – noon, chet

life in the inner room, heart

“God said to Noah,’The end of all living beings has come before me, for because of them the earth is filled with violence. I will destroy them along with the earth.  Make yourself an ark of gofer-wood; you are to make the ark with rooms and cover it with pitch both outside and inside.  Here is how you are to build it: the length of the ark is to be 450 feet, its width seventy-five feet and its height forty-five feet.  You are to make an opening for daylight in the ark eighteen inches below its roof. Put a door in its side; and build it with lower, second and third decks. Then I myself will bring the flood of water over the earth to destroy from under heaven every living thing that breathes; everything on earth will be destroyed. But I will establish my covenant with you; you will come into the ark, you, your sons, your wife and your sons’ wives with you” (Genesis 6:13-18).

Because of the violence on the earth, Elohim declared the end of all living things.  Only Noah and his family would be saved through the flood by an ark. 

“Adonai said, “My Spirit will not live in human beings forever, for they too are flesh; therefore their life span is to be 120 years” (Genesis 6:3).

Before the flood, the lifespan of humans was nearly 1000 years; after the flood they lived only a few hundred or less.  It is generally taught as part of the judgment of mankind, human lifespan was cut to 120 years even though Noah, his sons and their offspring lived well beyond 120 years.  The judgment of humanity came with the flood and not with the number of years an individual human being would sojourn on earth.

“The span of our life is seventy years, or if we are strong, eighty …” (Psalm 90:10). From this Psalm, it would seem the lifespan of mankind degenerated from 120 years into 80.  If Elohim’s judgment was length of a man’s days on earth,  people would be living to 120 years of age which they do not.   Of course, there are always the exceptions of those who live to nearly 120 just as there are those who only live one day.    

In the book of Jasher (see Study Helps), it appears the 120 years mentioned in Genesis 6:3 was the time allotted byElohim for mankind to repent from their wickedness.

“For thus saith the Lord, Behold I give you a period of one hundred and twenty years; if you will turn to me and forsake your evil ways, then will I also turn away from the evil which I told you, and it shall not exist, saith the Lord.  And Noach and Methuselah spoke all the words of the Lord to the sons of men, day after day, constantly speaking to them…. And the Lord granted them a period of one hundred and twenty years, saying, If they will return, then will God repent of the evil, so as not to destroy the earth” (Jasher 5:8, 11).

Selah

Yeshua said at the time of his return the world would be ‘like the days of Noah.’ Could the 120 years be something to consider in the  remez or prophetic vision regarding the world’s repentance and His return?

Year of Jubilee

“Count off seven sabbath years—seven times seven years—so that the seven sabbath years amount to a period of forty-nine years.  Then have the trumpet sounded everywhere on the tenth day of the seventh month; on the Day of Atonement sound the trumpet throughout your land…” (Leviticus 25:8-9).

There are two important seasons or mo’edim given to the nation of Isra’el that are connected, the Year of Jubilee and Day of Atonement.  The Year of Jubilee occurred every 50 years beginning on the Day of Atonement, the day of Elohim’s judgment.

These Year of Jubilee and the 120 years for repentance may very well be indicative of Messiah’s return.  7 x 7 years  = 49 years with the 50th year being the Year of Jubilee. Consider that Elohim would give Isra’el 120 Jubilee years to repent until Messiah sets up his Kingdom on earth.  Multiply the 50 years x 120 Jubilees and it equals 6000 years.  This could be considered the ‘end of the age’ or the beginning of the seventh millennium when Yeshua returns to rule and reign on the earth.  The Jubilee will begin with  ‘a trumpet blast of liberty’.    In the context of Yeshua’s return on the Feast of Trumpets with trumpet blasts thatwill set captive Isra’el free, the Day of Atonement and the 120 years of Jubilee may reveal the general time of Messiah’s return.

The Nephilim

“In time, when men began to multiply on earth, and daughters were born to them,  the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were attractive; and they took wives for themselves, whomever they chose… Adonai said, “My Spirit will not live in human beings [flesh] forever, for they too are flesh…. The N’filim [fallen ones] were on the earth in those days, and also afterwards, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men, and they bore children to them; these were the ancient heroes, men of renown” (Genesis 6:1-4).

The book of Enoch (see Study Helps) explains in more detail the ‘days of Noah’ and the evil that drove Elohim to destroy the earth.  The people in Noah’s day were not just unrighteous, they were utterly wicked.  The “sons of Elohim” or fallen angels and the “daughters of men” (young women) were having sexual relations and creating Nephilim or half-breeds who had spiritual fathers and human mothers.

The word ‘flesh’ of humanity is being compared to the Nephilim.  Angels are not flesh, they do not procreate as human beings which is why the situation was an abomination to Elohim.  Fallen angels and the daughters of men were creating flesh, spiritual beings that were different from ‘mortal man.’ 

According to the book of Enoch, the Nephilim ate everything from the flesh of humans to drinking blood.   As giants, their appetites were so great they devoured the whole earth.  Elohim grieved  that he made humankind so He decided to destroy the earth.  He would remove the human factor of the problem and could start again through the righteous line of Noah.

In the floodwaters, the human mothers of the Nephilim died, but what happened to the spiritual fathers?  According to Jude 6, the fallen angels that did not keep their proper place of authority in the heavens where they belonged are bound in chains until the day of judgment.  As for the half-breed offspring, their mortal bodies died in the flood, but their spiritual immortal nature lived on to become the evil spirits  that need bodies of humans to possess, the evil spirits and demons that Yeshua cast out.  The Nephilim “were on the earth in those days, and also afterwards” (Genesis 6:4).

“So he traveled all through the Galil, preaching in their synagogues and expelling demons” (Mark 1:39).

“After this, Yeshua traveled about from town to town and village to village, proclaiming the Good News of the Kingdom of God. With him were the Twelve, and a number of women who had been healed from evil spirits and illnesses…” (Luke 8:1-2).

“They came to Yeshua and found the man out of whom the demons had gone, sitting — dressed and in his right mind — at the feet of Yeshua; and they were frightened. Those who had seen it told how the formerly demonized man had been delivered” (Luke 8:35-36). The Command of Seven

The Command of Seven

Many believe that Noah took all the animals, two by two, male and female onto the ark.  However, a closer reading of Genesis 7 reveals something quite different. 

“Take with you seven pairs of every kind of clean animal, a male and its mate, and one pair of every kind of unclean animal, a male and its mate, and also seven pairs of every kind of bird, male and female, to keep their various kinds alive throughout the earth” (Genesis 7:2-3).

Through the numbers and pairs of animals that Elohim told Noah to take on the ark, Noah learned the difference between ‘clean’ and ‘unclean’ animals.  Of the ‘clean’ animals (and birds), Noah was to take seven pairs.  Of the ‘unclean’ animals, Noah was to take only one pair.  This becomes important after the flood when Noah leaves the ark, builds an altar and offers a sacrifice to Elohim.  If Noah had offered any of the unclean animals, they would not have been able to repopulate the earth.  Instead, Noah offers clean animals on the altar.

After the flood, Noah is given meat to eat along with green plants.   In the sacrificial system of the Tabernacle, the fellowship or peace offerings were eaten by the priests or with the individual making the offering.  This is not only prophetic to Elohim’s outline for worship in the Tabernacle, but He is actually showing Noah the desired animal offerings.  At the same time, Elohim is revealing to Noah the difference between the animals he may eat and the animals he may not.  This is the second time Elohim gives a dietary command and this event occurs 1000 years before the Israelites received the Torah at Mount Sinai.

Noah was not only a righteous man, but he was also wise.  He obeyed the command of Elohim to build an ark even though he did not completely understand what was going to happen.  For 100 years while he built and prepared the ark, he endured the mockery of foolish people until the moment the door was shut and the judgment on mankind begaT

The Ark of Life

The ark rested in the mountains of Ararat on the seventeenth day of the seventh month.  According to the mo’edim, this would be three days after the start of the Feast of Tabernacles.  The Feast of Tabernacles remembers the ‘temporary dwellings’ of Isra’el n the wilderness.  The ark was Noah’s ‘dwelling’ throughout the duration of the flood.   

Hebrew Word Pictures

Ararat (Curse Reversed) – אררת – alef, resh, resh, tav

the first authority, the head of the covenant

Forty days after the ark rested on Ararat, Noah sent out a raven.  Ravens are scavengers and eat dead flesh.  When the raven did not return to Noah, he knew there was nothing for the birds to eat.  The raven, though it couldn’t find a place to rest or food to eat, continued to fly ‘to and fro’ implying it lived upon the roof of the ark constantly waiting for the water to recede and the appearance of food.

Noah sent out a dove.  A dove is in the bird family of pigeons  In essence, Noah sent out a homing pigeon that would return to him with news of dry land.  The first time the dove returned because water still covered the earth.  The second time, the dove returned with an olive leaf and Noah knew the water had dried up from the earth.

Selah

The olive tree is symbolic of Isra’el and the olive leaf  is prophetic that through one of Noah’s sons, Isra’el would be established.

After being in the ark for nearly six months, on the first day of the first month, the water had dried up from the earth.   Noah removed the covering of the ark and looked out.  On Elohim’s calendar, this would have been the beginning of months with the Passover occurring fourteen days later.  Being protected in the ark, deathdid pass over Noah and his family allowing them to live and bring forth new human life on earth.

By the twenty-seventh day of the second month, Noah was able to leave the ark and walk on dry ground.   Though there are no ‘appointed times’ specific to Noah leaving the ark,  the dates give reference to the ‘seasons’ in which these events happened.

Noahide Laws and the Covenant

Elohim gave Noah instructions after the flood.  These instructions were needed to avoid the events that happened on the earth before the flood.  The fear of animals would be instilled in man with the understanding that only certain animals were to be eaten as food.  Noah is told that flesh with its blood is not to be eaten.  Because human life and the nishmat chayim ruach is the image of Elohim, an accounting of life for life from every human being would be required.  Capital punishment was instituted so that whoever shed human blood would have his own blood shed.

Many believe there is only one covenant that God made with humanity called the ‘new covenant.’  This is not true.  In Genesis 6:18, after the destruction of humanity in the flood, Elohim establish His covenant with Noah.  This covenant includes the word ‘never’ which means that it is still in force.

“God spoke to Noach and his sons with him; he said, “As for me – I am herewith establishing my covenant with you, with your descendants after you, and with every living creature that is with you .…  I will establish my covenant with you that never again will all living beings be destroyed by the waters of a flood, and there will never again be a flood to destroy the earth” (Genesis 9:8-10).

Elohim also gave Noah a sign for the covenant.  He put His rainbow in the clouds so that He would remember the covenant between Himself and the earth. 

God added, ‘Here is the sign of the covenant I am making between myself and you and every living creature with you, for all generations to come: I am putting my rainbow in the cloud–it will be there as a sign of the covenant between myself and earth. Whenever I bring clouds over the earth, and the rainbow is seen in the cloud; I will remember my covenant which is between myself and you and every living creature of any kind, and the water will never again become a flood to destroy all living beings.  The rainbow will be in the cloud; so that when I look at it, I will remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of any kind on the earth’” (Genesis 9:2-16). 

Elohim alsopromises that as long as the earth exists, there will be sowing and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, and day and night will not cease (Genesis 8:22).   

By trusting, Noach, after receiving divine warning about things as yet unseen, was filled with holy fear and built an ark to save his household. Through this trusting, he put the world under condemnation and received the righteousness that comes from trusting” (Hebrews 11:7).

The Curse of Canaan

Noah has three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japeth.  They become the nations that fill the earth.  Japeth became the father of Gomer (Germany), Magog, Tubal, Meshekh (all of which are modern-day Russia).  His grandchildren include Tarshish (modern-day India/Pakistan).  Ham had sons named Cush (Ethiopia), Mitzrayim (Egypt), Put (Libya) and Canaan (Canannites).   Ham’s grandsons became modern-day Saudi Arabia. Cush fathered Nimrod who began the kingdom of Babylon (Iraq).  His children became the Jebusites, Emorites, Girgashites, and Hivites who eventually settled Sodom and Gomorrah.

Noah plants a vineyard, gets drunk and passes out in his tent uncovered.  Ham sees his father’s nakedness and tells his brothers.  Shem and Japeth take a cloak and put it over their shoulders, walk backward into the tent and cover their father who is shamefully exposed.  When Noah woke up, he knew what his youngest son had done.  Rather than cursing Ham who had come through the flood, he curses his grandson, Canaan.

“Cursed be Kena’an; he will be a servant of servants to his brothers.”  Then he said, “Blessed be Adonai, the God of Shem; Kena’an (Canaan) will be their servant.  May God enlarge Japeth; he will live in the tents of Shem, but Kena’an will be their servant” (Genesis 9:25-27).

There are several different explanations in the Talmud for how Noah knows what has happened while he was passed out.  One interpretation suggests that Ham castrated his father thus rendering him unable to have another child bringing a curse on his progeny through his grandson.  Another interpretation suggests that Ham sodomized his father based on similar phrases used in the account with Shechem and Dinah.  A third interpretation is that Ham had sex with his own mother bringing a curse on his own son.

The words of Noah are prophetic.  Japeth grows into a large nation and populates the lands north and west of Ararat. Canaan is cursed and leaves the ways of Elohim and worships other gods, Ba’al, Astarte and Asthoreth, all with sexual sins attached to their worship.

Shem in Hebrew means ‘name’ which is what Noah called Elohim–HaShem.  Shem fathered Eber from where the word Hebrew is derived.  He became the father of the semitic peoples who become the Tribes of Isra’el and expel the Canaanites, their cousins, from the Promised Land.

Shem’s other sons were Elam (east of Babylon), Asshur (Assyria/Nineveh), Lud (western Turkey), Aram (Syria), and Arphaxad (the lineage through which Messiah comes).  Eber fathers another son whose name is Peleg because ‘the earth was divided’ at the time of his birth, most likely refering to the Tower of Babel and the division of languages, nations and cultures.

Hebrew Word Pictures

Shem (Name) – שם – shin, mem

– glory of the mighty

Ham (Hot) – חם – chet, mem

inner room (heart) of chaos

Japeth (Enlarged) – יפת – yod, peh, tav

finished work, mouth of the sign

The Origin of Language

It is believed that Nimrod, the son of Cush, was the ruler of Shinar in Mesopotamia.  This city is in Babylon or modern-day Iraq about 59 miles southwest of Bagdad.  The purpose of the Tower of Babel was to create a monument that would honor Nimrod, his people and the works of their hands.  With one language, they were accomplishing the task.

Because of what had happened in the days before the flood,  Elohim decided to end the project before ‘nothing they set out to do will be impossible for them!” (Genesis 11:6).  He came down and confused the language so they could no longer build the structure.  In Hebrew, ‘confuse’ is balal and means to ‘mix or confuse.’  The word saphah is used for ‘language,’ but is an unused word meaning ‘lips’ or ‘speech.’  From balal comes the Hebrew word ‘babylon’ which may mean ‘gate of God.’

Since that day, nations, global languages and cultures have had boundaries to protect the world from becoming one world where the power and presence of Elohim is challenged.  In the last days, mankind will be judged for worshipping the works of his hands as in the days of Babel (Revelation 9:20).

Yeshua and the Days of Noah

“For the Son of Man’s coming will be just as it was in the days of Noach. Back then, before the Flood, people went on eating and drinking, taking wives and becoming wives, right up till the day Noach entered the ark;  and they didn’t know what was happening until the Flood came and swept them all away. It will be just like that when the Son of Man comes” (Matthew 24:37-39).

“For the Messiah himself died for sins, once and for all, a righteous person on behalf of unrighteous people, so that he might bring you to God. He was put to death in the flesh but brought to life by the Spirit; and in this form he went and made a proclamation to the imprisoned spirits, to those who were disobedient long ago, in the days of Noach, when God waited patiently during the building of the ark, in which a few people — to be specific, eight — were delivered by means of water” (1 Peter 3:18-20).

Haftarah (Readings from the Prophets)

Isaiah 54:1-10

B’rit Chadashah (New Testament Readings)

Luke 17:25-27

1 Peter 3:19-21

2 Peter 2:4-5

Midrash Noah: The Days of Noah

Yeshua said that the world would be like the ‘days of Noah’ before his return (Matthew 24:37-39).   Discuss was happening in those days and how those activities apply to the days in which we are living.

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The Nephilim, the Anunnaki, and the Watchers

 “And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, that the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose…  There were nephilim in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown” (Genesis 6:1-4).

Nephilim is often translated ‘giant’s though a better definition would be ‘those who came down, those who descended or those who were cast down.”  In the sense that they had spirit fathers and human mothers, they could be considered half-breeds.  In the Sumerian cuniform, these beings were called Anunnaki.

Anunnaki were the half-gods or immortals and encompassed the group of deities of Sumer and Babylon.  Anunnaki meant “those of royal blood” and in texts were called “those who from heaven to earth came.”   They were depicted as human or with animal parts.

Think About and Discuss: Often in movies or in books there are depictions of half-human, half-animal beings.  Two of the most common of these beings are the centaur (half human, half horse) and faun (half human, half goat).  What are some other half-breeds?

The Anunnaki were the council of gods and goddesses who periodically met to discuss their future actions with each other as well as their agenda on the fate of mankind.

The Anunnaki, depending on the context, were the Nephilim, the gods that Abraham’s father, Terah was reputed to have served, the fallen angels, the lesser individuals of the race from which Anu, Enki, Enlil, Inanna and other notables had sprung.  The Anunnaki have also been equated with the “Watchers” mentioned in the book of Daniel.

“And Joshua said to all the people, ‘Thus says YHWH God of Israel: ‘Your fathers, including Terah, the father of Abraham and the father of Nahor, lived on the other side of the River Euphrates in old times; and they served other gods’ (Joshua 24:2).

“I saw in the visions of my head while on my bed, and there was a watcher, a holy one, coming down from heaven ….”  (Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, Daniel 4:13)

“This decision is by the decree of the watchers, and the sentence by the word of the holy ones in order that the living may know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, gives it to whomever He will, and sets over it the lowest of men.” (Daniel’s response, Daniel 4:17)

Think About and Discuss: Have you ever considered that there are ‘other beings’ involved in your life  according to the will of the Most High God?

Activity: Read the first chapter of the book of Job.  What is the relationship between God and Satan in this book?

Questions:

1.  What is significant about the birth of the nephillim?  Who was their father?  Who was their mother?

2.  C.S. Lewis, in writing the Chronicles of Narnia, depicts many half-breeds.  Do you think this is significant in light of learning about the Anunnaki?  Why or why not?

3.  Where did Abraham’s father, Terah live?  What country or countries are located in that geographical region today?

4.  Where did the ‘holy ones’ come from?

5.  What is the purpose of the ‘watchers?

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