The Encroaching Darkness

I want to share one my favorite authors/speakers talking about a subject of great importance.  We are living in dark times, but we are not left alone and without hope.  It is so important to know who we are as children of God and to know what He has said so that we may view the dying world around us through his eyes.  We need to get back into the Word in a way like never before to be salt and light to a world that has largely turned away from Him!

Be blessed!

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Laying the Groundwork: An Old Testament Overview

I love to share what I learn, and I make no claim to be the originator of many of the items I pass along; rather, I believe that if the material impacts me mightily, then perhaps it will impact you as well!  This information comes from one of the authors I respect the most: Chuck Missler.  I have learned so much from him and his series Learn the Bible in 24 Hours has impacted me in ways I cannot even begin to describe.

It is from this book that I present the following excerpt:

LAYING THE GROUNDWORK: AN OLD TESTAMENT OVERVIEW

The Old Testament consists of thirty-nine books.  The most venerated portion of the Old Testament is the Torah, the five books of Moses known also by the Greek word, Pentateuch.

The Torah consists of five books:

  • Genesis is the book of beginnings – the word itself means “the beginnings.”
  • Exodus follows, and it describes the birth of the nation.
  • Leviticus details the laws of that nation.
  • Numbers tracks the wanderings in the wilderness – the forty years before the new nation was able to enter the land that God had set aside for them.
  • Deuteronomy is a review of the laws; it is also the book that Jesus quotes from the most.

The Torah is pivotal to everything we will be dealing with.

The Torah is followed by twelve historical books which are divided by a major event in Israel’s history – the Babylonian captivity.  Joshua to 2 Chronicles are pre-exile (or pre-Babylonian captivity); Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther are post-exile. Continue reading

Are We All Overcomers?

Many Christians believe and teach that all of us become overcomers the moment we are born again and they use 1 John 5:4-5 as a proof text: “For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world.  And this is the victory that has overcome the world – our faith.  Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?” (ESV)

Consequently, the idea that a Christian can somehow fail to be an overcomer and lose his inheritance is a totally foreign notion to many.  This fallacy (that we are all automatically overcomers) has robbed the church of the truth, clouded its perspective of grace, and played right into the enemy’s hands.  Now, it’s true that positionally we are overcomers when we are first born again because Christ lives in us.  (He is the true overcomer!)  But “experientially,” how many of us really are overcoming the world, the flesh, and the devil, even after being Christians for years?  Not very many of us!

There is no teaching quite as conducive to godless living on the part of Christians than the teaching that all Christians, no matter how they live their lives here and now, will someday rule and reign with Christ.  This philosophy frees Christians from any responsibility toward God in regards to daily living.  This is the type of theology that has caused our kids to say, “Hey, I’m saved; that’s all I care about, it doesn’t really matter how I live my life now.” Continue reading

A Highly Recommended Book For You

I’ve had this book for quite some time and I believe it is one of the most important books I will read in my lifetime besides the Bible itself.  Every time I settle down to start reading and studying the material, something takes me away and I never get finished.  The title is “The Kingdom, Power & Glory: The Overcomer’s Handbook”  by Chuck and Nancy Missler.  Here’s Nancy talking about it:

You can order it directly from their site: http://kingshighway.org/cart/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1&products_id=6 or from any other online retailer such as Amazon, Books-A-Million, or Barnes and Noble.

Let me know what you think!

Hidden Messages in Genesis 5

Excerpted from the book Learn the Bible in 24 Hours by Dr. Chuck Missler:

This section will begin with a riddle: Methusaleh is well known to be the oldest man in the Bible, yet he died before his father.  How can that be?

Enoch, Methusaleh’s father, didn’t die; he was transferred directly to heaven without passing through death (“raptured,” as some would say).  It is interesting that the oldest prophecy in the Bible was uttered by Enoch before the flood of Noah and concerned the Second Coming of Christ.  (It is not found here in Genesis but in the next-to-last book of the Bible, Jude).
Another fact about Enoch is that at age sixty-five, something very special happened in his life.  From that day on, for over three hundred years, he “walked with God.”  It seems that when his son was born, he was told that as long as his son was alive, the forthcoming judgment of the flood (the flood of Noah) would be withheld.

Enoch thus named his son using two Hebrew roots: muth, which means “his death,” and shelac, which is a verb form that means “bring,” or “sent forth.”  So the name Methusaleh means “his death shall bring.”  The flood of Noah did not come as a surprise; it had been predicted for four generations.

The significance behind the  name Methusaleh also hints that a message might be hidden behind these other names found in chapter 5.  Adam had a son named Seth, Seth had a son named Enoch, and so on.  The problem with Genesis 5 is that these proper names are not translated for the reader from their Hebrew meanings, so you have to unravel these by digging into the meaning of the Hebrew roots that make up the names.

  • Adam: (adomah) “man”
  • Seth: “appointed” (Genesis 4:25)
  • Enosh: (from root anash, “to be incurable”) “mortal,” frail,” “miserable”
  • Kenan: “sorrow,” “dirge,” “elegy”
  • Mahalal’el: “the Blessed God” – (mahalal) “blessed”; (El) the name for God
  • Jared: (from the verb yaradh) “shall come down”
  • Enoch: “commencement” or “teaching”
  • Methusaleh: “his death shall bring” – muth, a root that means “death”; shalach means “bring” or “send forth”
  • Lamech: “despairing” (from which we get “lament” or “lamentation”)
  • Noah: (derived from nacham) “comfort” or “rest” (Genesis 5:29)

We now can look at the genealogy with more insight.  The sequence – Adam – Seth – Enosh – Kenan – Mahalaleel – Jared – Enoch – Methusaleh – Lamech – Noah – reads, in English, “Man [is] appointed mortal sorrow; [but] the blessed God shall come down teaching [that His] death shall bring [the] despairing rest.”

There are several profound lessons here.  First, here is a summary of the New Testament Gospel tucked away in a genealogy in the Torah.  This demonstrates something we will encounter throughout the Scripture: every detail is there by design.  It also tells us that God’s plan of redemption was not a knee-jerk reaction to chapter 3.  God had ordained it before the foundation of the world.

Yes, there are hidden messages in the Bible, and I don’t mean just the equidistant letter sequences that have caused such controversies in recent years.  There are dozens of other kinds of codes that don’t require a computer to decipher; they are there if you know how to look.  The Scripture is inexhaustible – you can never get to the bottom of its depth.  And that’s what you would expect from the Word of God.

Let me remind you: the New Testament is in the Old Testament concealed, and the Old Testament is in the New Testament revealed.  Many things in the Old Testament do not seem to make sense until you illuminate them with the New Testament.

Have You Ever Wondered? (Part I)

Have you ever been reading the Bible and come across a passage that makes you say “Hmmmmm…” to yourself?  This occurs frequently with me, and here is a passage that evokes that thoughtful sound more than any other:

Now it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them, that the sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose.  And the LORD said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he [is] flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.”

There were giants on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men and they bore [children] to them.  Those [were] the mighty men who [were] of old, men of renown.
      Genesis 6:1-4 NKJV

What?  Sons of God?  Took women?  Had children?  Did I read that right?  These are the questions I asked of myself when I first read, then re-read again and again this short passage.  Of course I asked my Sunday school teacher about it and the response I got went something like, “Mark…the sons of God represent the Godly lineage of Seth while the daughters of men represent….”   “What???” I thought to myself….  How do you get that interpretation from what the scripture states quite plainly?  Well, here is a more studious look at that passage.  Why look at this?  Well, there are two reasons that come immediately to mind.  First, we don’t fully consider the lengths to which Satan will go to corrupt what God has made or to make things very difficult for those who will follow truth.  Secondly, it is simply just interesting.  Enjoy!

But as the Days of Noah were, so shall the coming of the Son of Man be.
     Matthew 24:37

Genesis 6
1]      And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them,
2]    That the Son of God saw the daughters of men that they were fait; and they took them wives of all which they chose.

Sons of God = Bene HaElohim (Hebrew)
•    translated consistently when used in the Bible as angels every time.
•    Job 1:6, 2:1, 38:7
•    Luke 20:36
•    Septuagint
•    Book of Enoch (for historical reference only)
•  
Daughters of Adam = Benoth Adam (Hebrew)

Daughters of Adam, not just Cain.  Adam had daughters (Gen 5:4): that’s where Cain got his wife!

“took…of all they chose”: doesn’t sound like the girls had much choice in the matter…

3]    And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh; yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.
4]    There were giants 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.

Hebrew:
Nephilim: “the fallen ones.”
Nephal: “to fall, be cast down to fall away, desert.”
HaGibborim: “the mighty ones.”

Septuagint (Greek):
gigantes (giants)
gigas = “earth-born”

Geneges is the same word used in Greek mythology for “Titans,” creatures emerging from interbreeding of the Greek gods with human beings.  Genea, means “breed,” or “kind.”  The English words “genes” and “genetics” come from the same root.

These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.

tamiym = “without blemish, sound, healthful, without spot, unimpaired”

New Testament Confirmations


And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.  Even as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.

     Jude 6, 7

For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven:
     2 Corinthians 5:2

The Greek word is oiketerion, habitation.  Used only twice: Jude 6 and 2 Corinthians 5.

For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to Tartarus, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment; And spared not the world, but saved Noah…
     2 Peter 2:4, 5

Tartarus: Tartarus is the Greek term for the “dark abode of woe”; the pit of darkness in the unseen world.

Two Views

The commonly taught “Lines of Seth” view emerged in the 5th century but has no Scriptural support.

The “Fallen Angel” view was the view of the ancient Hebrew scholars and also the view of the early church. It was confirmed in the New Testament (Jude 6, 7; 2 Peter 2:4, 5) and it prevails among conservative scholarship today.

Furthermore, the ancient legends of Sumer, Assyria, Egypt, the Incas, the Mayans, Gilgamesh, Persia, Greece, India, Bolivia, South Sea Islands, and the Sioux Indians all bear reference to this phenomenon.

“Angel” View: B.C

•    Traditional Rabbinical literature
•    Book of Enoch (2nd Century)
•    Testimony of the 12 Patriarchs
•    Josephus Flavius
•    Septuagint (LXX)

“Angel” View: Church Fathers

•    Philo of Alexandria
•    Justin Martyr
•    Irenaeus
•    Athenagoras
•    Tertullian
•    Lactantius
•    Amrose
•    Julian

Modern Scholarship

•    G.H. Pember
•    M.R. DeHaan
•    C.H. McIntosh
•    F. Delitzch
•    A.C. Gaebelein
•    A.W. Pink
•    Donald Barnhouse
•    Henry Morris
•    Merril F. Unger
•    Arnold Fructenbaum
•    Hal Lindsey
•    Chuck Smith

The Stratagems of Satan

•    Corruption of Adam’s line: Gen 6
•    Abraham’s seed: Gen 12, 20
•    Famine: Gen 50
•    Destruction of male line: Ex 1
•    Pharaoh’s pursuit:  Ex 14
•    The populating of Canaan: Gen 12:6
•    Against David’s line: 2 Sam 7

Post-Flood Nephilim

•    “…also after that…”: Gen 6:4
•    Rephaim, Emim, Horim, Zamzummim: Gen 14, 15
•    Rephaim often translated “dead”: Ps 88:10, Prov 1:18, 9:18, 21:16, Isa 14:9, 26:14
•    Arba, Anak & his 7 sons (Anakim),    Num 13:33

Encountered in Canaan

•    Og, King of Bashan: Deut 3:1, Josh 12
•    Goliath and his 4 brothers: 2 Sam 21:16-18

Unsparing Commands
Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.
     1 Samuel 15:3

Ineligible for Resurrection?
They [Rephaim] shall not live; they are deceased, they shall not rise: therefore hast thou visited and destroyed them, and made all their memory to perish.
     Isaiah 26:14

Notes excerpted from Chuck Missler on The Nephilim

Did You Know (Part I)…

Did you know…the Triumphal Entry of Jesus was predicted almost 300 years before it happened!  The Septuagint has been dated to 270 B.C.  The Septuagint was necessary because the Jews of that day spoke Greek rather than the Hebrew in which the scriptures were penned.  Liken it to going to Catholic mass in Latin.  Nobody speaks fluent Latin these days and they did not speak fluent Hebrew either.  There was a need for a version of the Holy Scriptures that could be understood by these Greek-speaking Jews.

  • Septuagint Translation (LXX): From 285-270 B.C., Ptolemy Philadelphus II commissioned 70 top scholars at Alexandria to translate the Hebrew Tenach (Old Testament) into the common Greek of that day.
  • It is the primary quoted text in the New Testament.
  • Jesus quotes Daniel 3 times: “Daniel the Prophet”

The following is excerpted from one of my favorite authors, Chuck Missler, in his commentary on the Book of Daniel (specifically Chapter 9).

Gabriel comes and delivers a message to Daniel.  Now while I [was] speaking, praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the LORD my God for the holy mountain of my God, yes while I [was] speaking in prayer, the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, reached me about the time of the evening offering (Daniel 9:20-21 NKJV).

The “70 Weeks” of Daniel

  • The Scope 9:24
  • The 69 Weeks 9:25
  • (The Interval) 9:26
  • The 70th Week 9:27 
  • The Scope (verse 24)

24] Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, to make an end of sins, to make reconciliation for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy Place.

shabu’im = sevens, “week.” (Gen 29:26-28; Lev 25, 26).
hatak, determined, reckoned.

  1. The focus of the passage is on the Jews, not the Church or the Gentile world.  
  2. The six major items listed have yet to be completed…to seal up (close authority of) the vision; to anoint the godesh gadashim, the Holy of Holies, etc.

Unfulfilled in over 2000 years: v.26 will detail an intervening Interval between the 69th and 70th Weeks. A key to understanding this passage is to realize that the 70 “Weeks” are not all contiguous.

“Weeks” = ?

     Days: Sabbath on the 7th Day (Gen 2:2; Ex 20:11);
     Weeks: Feast of Weeks (Lev 23:15,16);
     Months: Nisan to Tishri (Ex 12:2; Lev 23:24);
     Years: Sabbatical Years for the Land (Lev 25:1-22; 26:33-35; Deut 15;
     Ex23:10,11; 2 Chr 36:19-21).

     Note: focus of entire prophecy is Israel, not the Gentile world (Dan
     9:24).Seventy “Sevens” imply weeks of years (Gen 29:27, et al.).
     Sabbath forthe land ordained and failure to keep the sabbath of
     the land was the very basis for 70 years captivity (2 Chr 36:19-21).

The 69 Weeks (verse 25)

25] Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the King shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall,even in troublous times.

The Trigger (terminus ad quo):

   The Decrees to “Rebuild Jerusalem”? 

  1. Cyrus, 537 B.C. Ezra 1:2-4 
  2. Darius Ezra 6:1-5, 8, 12
  3. Artaxerxes, 458 B.C. Ezra 7:11-26
  4. Artaxerxes, 445 B.C. Neh 2:5-8, 17, 18

             (1) (2) and (3) were to build the Temple. Only the last one (4) was to rebuild
             the city, the walls, etc. Note:  rehob, “street”; haruts, moat,
             fortification. Why “7 + 62”? Time to build the city? Time to close the
            Old Testament canon? Time between Testaments?

Nominal 360-day Years

  • Biblical Usage: Genesis (Gen 7:24; 8:3,4); Daniel (Dan 9:27; 12:6); Revelation (Rev 11:2,3; 13:5).
  • Ancient calendars based on 360-day years.
  • Assyrians, Chaldeans, Egyptians, Hebrews, Persians, Greeks,Phoenicians, Chinese, Mayans, Hindus, Carthaginians, Etruscans, Teutons, et al.

All these calendars were based on a 360-day year; typically, twelve 30-day months. (In ancient Chaldea, their calendar was based on a 360-day year and it is from this Babylonian tradition that we have 360 degrees in a circle, 60 minutes to an hour, 60 seconds in each minute, etc.)

  • Orbital Changes? Long day of Joshua (Josh 10:12, 13) due to Mars
    pass-bys? [Strangely corroborated by Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s
    Travels
    , which draws on eye witness account of the two moons of
    Mars before adequate telescopes available. Cf. Joshua Commentary
    or our briefing package, Signs in the Heavens..]

In 701 B.C., all calendars appear to have been reorganized. Numa Pompilius,the second King of Rome, reorganized the original calendar of 360 days per year, by adding 5 days per year. King Hezekiah, Numa’s contemporary, reorganized his Jewish calendar by adding a month each Jewish leap year (on a cycle of 7 among every 19 years).

The Target (terminus ad quem)

     The Meshiach Nagid: “The Messiah the King.” The prediction is to
     the presentation of the Messiah the King (Nagid is first used of King
     Saul). On several occasions in the New Testament when they attempted
     to take Jesus as a King, He invariably declined, “Mine hour is not yet
     come.” (Jn 6:15; 7:30, 44; etc.) Then one day, He arranges it.

The Triumphal Entry
     Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem:
     behold, thy King cometh unto thee: He is just, and having salvation; 

     lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.
          Zechariah 9:9

All four Gospels, Mt 21:1-9; Mk 11:1-10; Lk 19:29-39; Jn 12:12-16. Nisan 10:“take to everyone a lamb.” Jesus deliberately arranges to fulfill Zech 9:9. This is the only day He allows them to proclaim Him King (Lk 19:38).

     Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace 
     in heaven, and glory in the highest.
          Luke 19:38

…quoting Psalm 118.

     And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto him, 
    “Master, rebuke thy disciples.”
          Luke 19:39

Why? What for? The Pharisees assure our noticing the significance!

     And He answered and said unto them, “I tell you that, if these should 
     hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.”
          Luke 19:40

Jesus held them accountable to recognize this very day (Lk 19:41-44). This was the 10th of Nisan, prior to the Passover on the 14th of Nisan, A.D. 32.

Don’t believe anything I say – Check it out for yourself!


Blessings!