Monday, August 29, 2011
It appears that I have a slight miscalculation in this month's calendar that needs to be corrected. Instead of a 30th day, September 28 will actually be New Moon Day, Day of Trumpets. The alignment of the days and hours of the moon will work out much better this way for the 7th month.
Monday, August 8, 2011
"And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not." Rev 10:4
Over 165 years ago, John the Revelator was commanded by a "voice from heaven" to seal up what the seven thunders uttered. The seven thunders were going to tell us something, or give us information that is probably key to understanding the end times prophesied in the scriptures. We might expect that the messages of the seven thunders would be revealed near the end of earth's 6000 year history, just before the final crisis and the tribulation.
Several months ago, I was prompted to explore the meaning of thunders in scripture, to determine what they were, when they were heard or observed, and to see what messages they might hold for us in these times. This project turned out to be far more encompassing than I expected.
Adventist readers will find startling similarities to the Advent movement, beginning with the Millerites and the Seventh Month Movement of the 1840's, to the history of the Israelites as they left Egypt and wandered for 40 years in the wilderness, before finally coming into the land set aside for them by God. The mystery is this; if the Israelites eventually entered the promised land, and Messiah "should have come ere this," why are we still here?
For non-Seventh Day Adventist readers, some of this may be a bit off-putting for you, so I wanted you to know this in advance. I wanted to share it with you nevertheless. What I found in researching and writing this paper, is a remarkable parallel to Adventist history, beginning with the Millerite's seventh month movement of the early 1840's. You will find pertinent references in the writings of Ellen G. White, as well as other related references, to support the entire premise of this paper.
The sad part of this scenario is that Jesus should have come to this earth to claim his people, you and I, over 120 years ago. So we must ask, why are we still here? We have to be willing to examine every aspect of scripture to see what it is we're missing. Is it simply that we are unwilling to go with Him? Or have we become so comfortable in our pews that we no longer have the desire or the willingness to follow Him.
This paper explores what is likely missing from our experience and our journey. It highlights what has been left out of the larger picture. There is so much more missing than we are aware, and many of us are almost clueless.
Essentially, this paper is about two things. First, it is about the prophecy of Malachi 4 that Ellen White reminded us of, and it's end time emphasis. "Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments. Mal 4:4
Second, it is about a time of restitution and restoration. "In the time of the end, every divine institution is to be restored. The breach made in the law at the time the Sabbath was changed by man, is to be repaired." Prophets and Kings 678
This paper explores what has been left out, forgotten, or obscured, and what it is that needs to be restored, before Jesus will return to claim His own.
I offer this study for your review and consideration.
I've posted the pdf version at two document sites;
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Thursday, August 4, 2011
What do Moses and the papal gregorian calendar have in common?
First, let’s look at The Exodus, as Moses led the Israelites from captivity in Egypt. Then we’ll look at the commonality with the captivity and the gregorian calendar.
The day the Israelites left Egypt apparently is a very special day to IAUA, our creator. That day, the 15th day of the first month of the biblical sacred year, is the day of some very significant events in biblical history.
Num_33:3 And they departed from Rameses in the first month, on the fifteenth day of the first month; on the morrow after the Passover the children of Israel went out with an high hand in the sight of all the Egyptians.
To begin with, the 15th day of the 1st month is the exact same day that the Israelites went into captivity, 430 years earlier. Scripture uses the term “selfsame” day to identify that this day was in fact the same day they went into captivity; and the same day they came out.
Exo 12:41 And it came to pass at the end of the four hundred and thirty years, even the selfsame day it came to pass, that all the hosts of the LORD went out from the land of Egypt.
Now, let’s look at some interesting facts about the gregorian calendar.
From Wikipedia, under the heading “gregorian calendar,” we find this information:
The Gregorian calendar, also known as the Western calendar, or Christian calendar, is the internationally accepted civil calendar. It was introduced by Pope Gregory XIII, after whom the calendar was named, by a decree signed on 24 February 1582, a papal bull known by its opening words Inter gravissimas. The reformed calendar was adopted later that year by a handful of countries, with other countries adopting it over the following centuries.
This is but a small bit of information at Wikipedia on the gregorian calendar but it is this piece of information that we’re interested in for this comparison. NOTE: This is not an attempt at time-setting, predicting or prophesying that anything is going to happen in coincidence according to this information.
This is where it gets interesting. If you add 430 years, the length of the captivity of the Israelites, to the year 1582, the year of the decree enacting the gregorian calendar, the result is the year 2012. In addition, the day the decree was enacted, February 24, will fall on new moon day in the last month of the biblical year 2011-2012.
Now, is anything going to happen around that time, the spring of 2012? There certainly is a lot of hype going on about the year 2012, but mostly related to the end of the Mayan calendar on December 21, 2012. And the things we seeing happening in the world currently, suggest that we are probably on the edge of some cataclysmic events.
Have we been captive to a papal gregorian calendar for 430 years? The questions that surface out of this scenario certainly suggest that the timeframes involved could have some meaning. Should we be alert to possible events unfolding sometime in the spring of 2012, around February 24? Most assuredly. It’s for certain we will be looking for the visible crescent the evening of the 23rd, beginning of the 24th biblical day.
So keep your eyes to the skies and the heavens. We are no longer looking for the signs of the times; we are living in the times of the signs.
Monday, August 1, 2011
The Name of God
Many of us have heard or seen the name of God spoken or written various ways, depending on the source. Some of the names that are used are; God, Elohim, Lord, YHWH, Yahweh, El Shaddai, Adonai, Jehovah (in many forms), and many others as well.
As a result of seeing all these different names for God, it can be quite confusing at times. Which one is correct? And how do we know. Particularly in view of the mounting evidence that the names of God, as well as other assorted things in scripture have been altered innocently or deliberately by the scribes and translators. So let’s explore the name of God with what might be some new information to you. It was new to me recently and turned out to be quite insightful. It is to this day, the clearest explanations I have seen for the name of God, taken from the original language.
God does have a name, and He wants us to know it and use it. His proper name has been removed from nearly all of scripture today, and is supplanted with words like God, Elohim, Lord, etc.
The following text is excerpted from a book by Richard Ruhling, titled The Earthquake and the 7 Seals. I am indebted to Richard for this revealing information.
Proverbs 30:4 asks, “What is His name?” These words reflect our need to know. Josephus, a Jewish historian at the time of Jerusalem’s destruction, gives us a major clue. He describes the high priest’s golden crown, “in which was engraven the sacred name [of God]...It consists of four vowels” Wars of the Jews, Book 5, Chapter 5, Section 7.
Some modern authorities agree. “The letters of the Name of God in Hebrew are yod, hay, vav, and hay. They are frequently mispronounced Yahveh ...[but] they are all vowels.” Rabbi Lawrence Kushner, The Book of Words, Jewish Lights Publ, p. 27.
Some say those letters are consonants, but a renowned Hebrew textbook says, “Long before the introduction of vowel-signs, it was felt that the main vowel-sounds should be indicated in writing, and so the three letters, yothe, hay, waw, were used to represent long vowels” A Practical Grammar for Classical Hebrew, Weingreen, Oxford University Press, 1959, p. 7-8. God’s name is spelled yod, hay, waw [vav], hay.
The above three sources all support God’s name as four vowels. His name is said to be glorious. Psalm 96:8 How?
One reason is because of the meaning of the Hebrew letters—yod, hay and vav that compose it.
- The yod is the first letter of God’s name. It is the smallest Hebrew letter and it looks like an apostrophe. As a vowel it has the sound of “i” in Gloria and it means hand as in giving, receiving or ownership.
- The second letter of God’s name is the hay which sounds like “ah” and it represents light or rain.
- The third letter is the vav and as a vowel sounds like “oo” in tooth. It looks like a concrete nail and has the meaning of nail or hook.
The meanings of the letters suggest they are the initials of the Father (Genesis 22:8), Holy Spirit (Genesis 1:2), and the Son Psalm 2:12; Isaiah 53:4-7. God’s name is glorious for its meaning depicting the role of Father with an outstretched hand, the Holy Spirit as light to guide us and the Son nailed for us on the cross.
The best of Hebrew transliterates Josephus’ statement of God’s name (“four vowels”) as IAUA. “I” has the international “I” sound as in Gloria. [Phonetically IAUA is ee’-ah-oo”-ah.]
This may be one reason the Jews “profaned” it--to avoid the heathen mocking it or laughing at them because it is so different. But you wouldn’t want God to have a name like Tom, Dick or Harry; His name must be different. The reason you might see it written as YHWH, or YAHWEH, is because phonetically, they sound very much the same.
Consonants [like b, d, k, or m] are made by obstruction of air flow. God’s name has no obstruction like our names or characters have. His name and His character are all flow and melody. And the vowel tones are pure [not diphthongs like ah-ee = I. This reminds us of His apocalyptic promise—“then will I turn the people to a pure language [margin says lip] that they may all call upon the name of IAUA.” Zephaniah 3:9.
The first two letters (IA= ee-ah) were part of many Hebrew names—the prophets often came in God’s name like JeremIA or ZecharIA, and we should pronounce the “i” like “ee” as they do in most countries. Elijah was pronounced “el-ee-ah,” because there is no J in Hebrew. So Elia means El [short form of Elohim, meaning God] is IA. Women named Maria or Gloria have the short poetic form of God’s name (IA) as part of their name. Countries like SyrIA or SamarIA also have God’s name as part of theirs.
HalleluIA is an international word meaning “Praise IA” in most languages. You can read this short form of God’s name in Psalm 68:4, except translators supplanted the Hebrew yod with “J” making it “Jah,” where it should be IA [ee-ah].
Before the second coming, “Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things.” Matthew 17:11. Since God’s name means salvation, it stands to reason that His name will also be restored to it’s rightful place in the end time. It is our privilege to share in this work of Elijah.
It is my belief that God’s sacred name, which is IAUA, is now being restored to it’s rightful place, in our minds and our hearts.