Saturday, August 04, 2018

Life After Death - Part 9

Continuing with the study ...

BTW, it is a good idea to go through these passages and read for yourselves what it says. Church folk especially don't understand the context and meaning behind the instructions written in the Torah.  They think it's simply something that does not apply to them anymore, or has been completely done away with.

Some things don't apply because their is no longer an Aaronic Priesthood, or Tabernacle (and/or Temple), or because we don't live in a Theocratic system.  However, there are many personal instructions that still apply to us today!

Also, please keep in mind; the Temple, the Theocratic System, and the Aaronic Priesthood will all return at the beginning of the Millennium.  And this will be worldwide!

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In Exodus 32 about 3,000 people were killed after siding with the golden calf instead of with Yehovah; bad mistake!  No mention is made of an afterlife.

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The Death of Nadab and Abihu:

In Leviticus two sons of Aaron made an unauthorized "sacrifice" to Yehovah and were killed.  No mention of an afterlife.

(ESV)

Lev 10:1  Now Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, each took his censer and put fire in it and laid incense on it and offered unauthorized fire before the LORD, which he had not commanded them.
Lev 10:2  And fire came out from before the LORD and consumed them, and they died before the LORD.

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Punishment for Blasphemy:

In Leviticus a man blasphemed Yehovah's name, that is, cursed His name with speech.  He was stoned to death.  No mention of an afterlife.

(ESV)

Lev 24:10  Now an Israelite woman's son, whose father was an Egyptian, went out among the people of Israel. And the Israelite woman's son and a man of Israel fought in the camp,
Lev 24:11  and the Israelite woman's son blasphemed the Name, and cursed. Then they brought him to Moses. His mother's name was Shelomith, the daughter of Dibri, of the tribe of Dan.
Lev 24:12  And they put him in custody, till the will of the LORD should be clear to them.
Lev 24:13  Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
Lev 24:14  "Bring out of the camp the one who cursed, and let all who heard him lay their hands on his head, and let all the congregation stone him.
Lev 24:15  And speak to the people of Israel, saying, Whoever curses his God shall bear his sin.
Lev 24:16  Whoever blasphemes the name of the LORD shall surely be put to death. All the congregation shall stone him. The sojourner as well as the native, when he blasphemes the Name, shall be put to death.

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Saturday, July 21, 2018

Did Samuel's "Ghost" Speak With Saul?

Hi Folks!  In continuing with my study on the afterlife, as found in the Scriptures, I came across this nice video from Lex Meyer of  UNLEARN THE LIES.

Lex gives a wonderful explanation of the Witch of Endor occurrence in the book of Samuel.

Hint: It's not a ghost!  : )



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Saturday, July 14, 2018

The Truth is Coming Out! Listen To It!

In this episode of Hebrew Voices, Understanding the Difficult Words of Yeshua, Nehemia Gordon talks with Dr. Roy Blizzard, a pioneer in understanding the Jewish roots of the New Testament. Dr. Blizzard explains how one momentous trip to Israel in 1966, turned his outlook on Christianity upside down and started him on a new path of discovery. Dr. Blizzard also shares what it was like to be one of the first excavators of the Temple Mount, how we know Yeshua spoke Hebrew, and confirms the name of God is Yehovah.  (Nehemia's words)

Thank you, Nehemia!

Dr. Blizzard's book can be found here and other places.



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Saturday, June 23, 2018

Life After Death - Part 8

Hello!  Yes, I'm still kicking!  I have been away for awhile. My wife and I finally retired and we needed some well-earned down time.  People don't believe me but I have been working since the age of 5 - I'm in my 60s now.  Perhaps like some of you, I grew up in the country and worked in the fields starting at a very early age.  Most people around the world don't think of Americans as growing up poor and living in remote areas but it is still true, even in America!  America is that large! However, the U.S. is still a country where, given effort, one can succeed greatly. And I owe any success I've had to Yehovah-Yeshua!

Before getting to the next set of verses, we have some interesting news! There has always been an argument concerning the correct pronunciation of the Father's name. The Gentile groups have almost always used, "Yahweh", which is really an educated guess and most likely a phonetic attempt at saying "YHWH" in English. No manuscripts exist using Yahweh that I know of. Also, scholars argue over whether the Vav letter is pronounced as a "V" sound or a "W" sound.

Nehemia Gordon, a Karaite Jew and Dead Sea Scrolls scholar, has been saying for the last few years the Holy name is pronounced, "Yehovah", which is what I use. Nehemia and his team have now found over 1,000 Hebrew manuscripts which show the vowel points expressing the name as "Yehovah"! This is huge!

What it means is that, at least in modern Hebrew, the most likely pronunciation is Yehovah. This lines up well with the English use of Jehovah also.

People get upset with such news because they have invested so much time and energy into their own opinions and study on the subject. There is also the realization that Hebrew can be spoken and written in modern, ancient, and paleo-Hebrew expressions which cause some differences of opinion, as well.

At least we now know that the Hebrew Scribes in the last 1500 years or so wrote Yehovah in many of their manuscripts. You may hear Nehemiah's announcement of this here.

... continuing with the study ...

There have been a few instances where Yehovah Himself killed someone because of great transgression. No mention of what happened after these individual's deaths.  Just so you know, as I work through the Scripture and I get repeats of study I've done before, I will not lay it out bit by bit as I've been doing because it's really a waste of time. But, I will mention the verses.

For example, in Gen 49:28 - 33 Jacob died and was, "gathered to his people". That is, buried like the ones before him. And later, in Exodus, Moses kills an Egyptian (with no mention of an afterlife).

Exodus 12 - The Passover :  The first-born of the Egyptians and all who did not place the blood on the doorposts and lintel of their house died. No mention is made of an afterlife.

Exodus 14 - The Red Sea :  Pharaoh and all of his chariot forces drown in the Red Sea (with no mention of an afterlife).

I will stop here, for this entry, and leave you with a thought provoking video on the "Soul".


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Monday, December 25, 2017

Life After Death - Part 7

OK! We have an interesting occurrence with the next set of verses!

By the way, it is 12/25 here in America today so what better thing to do than work on the blog instead of participating in a pagan holiday!  : )

Please allow me to set the stage for you. Jacob, also called by God, Israel, has had his 12 sons. You know, the ones whose names will become the Tribes of Israel. The youngest son, Joseph, has just been sold by the brothers into slavery to some Ishmaelites (who were Midianites) because of the nagging dreams Joseph had - you may know the story, already.

In order to hide this fact from the father (the selling into slavery), Jacob (Israel), has been handed Joseph's shredded "coat of many colors", dipped in goat blood, and he has been informed that Joseph is dead; killed by a wild animal!


(ESV)

Gen 37:34  Then Jacob tore his garments and put sackcloth on his loins and mourned for his son many days.
Gen 37:35  All his sons and all his daughters rose up to comfort him, but he refused to be comforted and said, "No, I shall go down to Sheol to my son, mourning." Thus his father wept for him.
Gen 37:36  Meanwhile the Midianites had sold him in Egypt to Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, the captain of the guard.

שְׁאֹל שְׁאוֹל
she'ôl    she'ôl
sheh-ole', sheh-ole'
From H7592; hades or the world of the dead (as if a subterranian retreat), including its accessories and inmates: - grave, hell, pit.


(ABP)

Gen 37:34  tore And Jacob his clothes, and placed sackcloth upon his loin, and mourned for his son days many.
Gen 37:35  came together And all his sons and daughters. And they came to comfort him, and he did not want to be comforted, saying that, I will go down to my son in mourning into Hades. And wept for him his father.
Gen 37:36  And the Midianites gave Joseph into Egypt to Potiphar the castrato of Pharaoh the chief guard.

G86
ᾅδης
hadēs
hah'-dace
From G1 (as a negative particle) and G1492; properly unseen, that is, “Hades” or the place (state) of departed souls: - grave, hell.


(BSEP)

Gen 37:33  And Jacob rent his clothes, and put sackcloth on his loins, and mourned for his son many days.
Gen 37:34  And all his sons and his daughters gathered themselves together, and came to comfort him; but he would not be comforted, saying, I will go down to my son mourning to Hades; and his father wept for him.
Gen 37:35  And the Madianites sold Joseph into Egypt; to Petephres, the eunuch of Pharao, captain of the guard.

G86
ᾅδης
hadēs
hah'-dace
From G1 (as a negative particle) and G1492; properly unseen, that is, “Hades” or the place (state) of departed souls: - grave, hell.


(NASB)

Gen 37:34  So Jacob tore his clothes, and put sackcloth on his loins and mourned for his son many days.
Gen 37:35  Then all his sons and all his daughters arose to comfort him, but he refused to be comforted. And he said, "Surely I will go down to Sheol in mourning for my son." So his father wept for him.
Gen 37:36  Meanwhile, the Midianites sold him in Egypt to Potiphar, Pharaoh's officer, the captain of the bodyguard.

שְׁאֹל שְׁאוֹל
she'ôl    she'ôl
sheh-ole', sheh-ole'
From H7592; hades or the world of the dead (as if a subterranian retreat), including its accessories and inmates: - grave, hell, pit.

[Notes/Conclusion: Alrighty! We have an interesting development here! 2 of the Bibles use 'Sheol" and 2 use "Hades". The definitions of the words are similar; grave, hell, pit. So, which one is it?

We can know by the context. Let me pose a question or two. Does it sound reasonable that Jacob (Israel) and his son, Joseph, given their prominence and importance, might be placed in hell, a burning place of torture? Does it sound reasonable that Jacob and Joseph would be placed in Hades, the pagan Greek place of burning and torture? Would one of the Patriarchs of Judaeo-Christianity, Jacob, be placed in these two foreboding locations? Remember, we are speaking of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob here!

The answer is; not likely at all!

We can use the definition "grave" because we know that these two guys were loved by God! And also, by context we can see that Jacob is lamenting his son's supposed death by saying, in the modern vernacular; "I will grieve for my son until I'm in the grave myself!". We also have another very interesting source to check; the vaunted King James Version!]


(KJV)

Gen 37:34  And Jacob rent his clothes, and put sackcloth upon his loins, and mourned for his son many days.
Gen 37:35  And all his sons and all his daughters rose up to comfort him; but he refused to be comforted; and he said, For I will go down into the grave unto my son mourning. Thus his father wept for him.
Gen 37:36  And the Midianites sold him into Egypt unto Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh's, and captain of the guard.

Yes! The KJV uses "grave" (sheol). The word "grave" is the most likely meaning here.

All this brings up an obvious question. Why did these respected and honored men sodden the Word of God by using words with such bad connotations as "hell" and "Hades"? Again, we don't know what stress they were under during the time of translation so we must intelligently study and verify the text. Whole manuscript families are rumored to have been altered, so, we must "test all things".

Still, it's especially miraculous (in the true sense of the word) that Yehovah's Word comes through even after man's alteration! This amazing book called "Bible" is truly of divine origin and its history, doctrine, and truth is connected and interwoven throughout the text.

... much more to go ...

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