Thursday, August 10, 2017

The Sabbath Day of Rest

Overview


The seventh day of the week is the Sabbath Day of rest according to the laws of MosesThe fourth commandment tells us to keep the Sabbath Day Holy.  The Israelites were told that their keeping of this commandment was a sign of being HIS chosen people.  Therefore the descendants of the 12 Tribes of Israel are the people who are required to keep the Sabbath day laws as a sign that they are honoring the laws of Moses.


The first time the Sabbath day is mentioned is in Genesis chapter 2 and it is referred to as the seventh day.  Here we are told that God rested on the seventh day and this sets an example for us to follow:

 “And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made: and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had done. And he blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.”  Sep Genesis 2:2-3


The English word ‘rest’ is translated from the Greek word ‘κατέπαυσε’ (katapauó) which means to cease labor and rest.

The English word ‘sanctifiedmeans to declare something holy.  The word ‘holy’ means that it is to be kept set apart or dedicated for a specific purpose; therefore the seventh day is to be dedicated to rest.

The Sabbath in Exodus

After the Israelites’ exodus from Egypt, our Heavenly Father worked with HIS chosen people for 40 years teaching them how to follow the laws HE gave to Moses.   The first time that the Sabbath day is mentioned is prior to the Israelites receiving the 10 Commandments.   In this verse the Israelites are told that they must prepare all their food for the Sabbath day on the sixth day since they must rest on the seventh day which is the Sabbath day of rest.

And Moses said to them, Is not this the word which the Lord ((Κύριος - Cyrios)spoke? To-morrow is the Sabbath (σάββατον - sábbaton), a holy rest (ἀνάπαυσις - anapausis)  to the Lord (κυρίῳ - kyriō) bake that ye will bake, and seethe that ye will seethe, and all that is over leave to be laid by for the morrow.”  Sep Exo 16:23


The very next day, on the seventh day, they are again reminded they must do all their work of gathering manna and preparing their food during the first sixth days of the week.  They are further instructed that they are not to leave their homes on the seventh day. Notice that the Sabbath day is to be considered a gift from our Heavenly Father.

And they left of it till the morning, as Moses commanded them; and it stank not, neither was there a worm in it. And Moses said, Eat that to-day, for to-day is a sabbath to the Lord: it shall not be found in the plain. Six days ye shall gather it, and on the seventh day is a sabbath, for there shall be none on that day. And it came to pass on the seventh day that some of the people went forth to gather, and found none. And the Lord said to Moses, How long are ye unwilling to hearken to my commands and my law?  See, for the Lord has given you this day as the sabbath, therefore he has given you on the sixth day the bread of two days: ye shall sit each of you in your houses; let no one go forth from his place on the seventh day. And the people kept sabbath on the seventh day.” Sep Exo 16:24-30

The next time we are given instructions for the Sabbath day of rest is when our Supreme Heavenly Father gives Moses the 10 Commandments.  Here we are told that all laborious work must be performed the first six days of the week and that no one in your home is to perform any type of work.  This means to me that all of the stores should be closed on this day since no one can perform work.  We are to conduct no business at all.

Remember the sabbath day to keep it holy. Six days thou shalt labour, and shalt perform all thy work. But on the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God; on it thou shalt do no work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy servant nor thy maidservant, thine ox nor thine ass, nor any cattle of thine, nor the stranger that sojourns with thee. For in six days the Lord made the heaven and the earth, and the sea and all things in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the seventh day, and hallowed it [made holy]. Exo 20:8-11

The 10 Commandments are all high level instruction that have lower level laws that explain how to fully keep each commandment.  In the verses below we are given further instructions that the Sabbath day laws are to be kept by the 12 Tribes descendants forever.  We are also told that if any one violates this law they will be put to death.  We all do know that we will all die; therefore it might be a referenced to the second death explained in the book of Revelation.  If so, the second death is permanent so it is important to repent if you have been breaking this law.  Our Supreme Father states that following this commandment or law is a sign of being HIS chosen people.

Do thou also charge the children of Israel, saying, Take heed and keep my sabbaths; for they are a sign with me and among you throughout your generations, that ye may know that I am the Lord that sanctifies you. And ye shall keep the sabbaths, because this is holy to the Lord for you; he that profanes it shall surely be put to death: every one who shall do a work on it, that soul [(ψῡ́χω - psū́khō - I blow)shall be destroyed from the midst of his people. Six days thou shalt do works, but the seventh day is the sabbath, a holy rest to the Lord; every one who shall do a work on the seventh day shall be put to death. And the children of Israel shall keep the sabbaths, to observe them throughout their generations. It is a perpetual covenant with me and the children of Israel, it is a perpetual sign (σημεῖον - sēmeîon) with me; for in six days the Lord made the heaven and the earth, and on the seventh day he ceased, and rested.” Exo 31:13-17 



The Greek word "ψῡ́χω - psū́khō" that was translated to the English word soul means the state of being alive and the immortal part of a person. 

The Greek word σημεῖον – sēmeîon” which comes from the root word "σῆμᾰ - sêma"  means a mark, sign or token that can be used to verify someone’s identity.

Further along in Exodus we are reminded that all work must be performed the first six days of the week and anyone performing work on the Sabbath will die.  We are also told that we are not to have any fire burning in our dwellings; meaning we are to be at home and we are not to cook or bake.  All meals should be prepared before the seventh day.

Six days shalt thou perform works, but on the seventh day shall be rest--a holy Sabbath--a rest for the Lord: every one that does work on it, let him die. Ye shall not burn a fire in any of your dwellings on the sabbath-day; I am the Lord.”  Sep Exo 35:2-3



The Sabbath in Leviticus

The book of Leviticus repeats that the Sabbath day is a holy day of rest and that no work is to be done and this ordinance is to be observed forever.  They are told that everyone in the home must observe this law.

“Six days shalt thou do works, but on the seventh day is the sabbath; a rest, a holy convocation to the Lord: thou shalt not do any work, it is a sabbath to the Lord in all your dwellings.” Sep Lev 23:3 



The English word ‘convocation’ is translated from the Greek root word ‘klétos’ which refers to the people that are ‘called out’, ‘invited’ or ‘chosen’ by our Supreme Father in Heaven. 

The Sabbath in the Book of Numbers

While the Israelites were camping in the wilderness they found a man violating the Sabbath day law and our Supreme Heavenly Father gave the Israelites permission to stone the man to death according to the law.  This is important since within the 10 commandment there is another law stating ‘thou shalt not murder’. Since the Israelites were finally free of their slavery and now again able to keep the Sabbath day holy, they wanted to ensure the day stayed holy and was a day of rest.  All the Israelites had been told not to perform work on the Sabbath day and the penalty is death; therefore the penalty was carried out. 

And the children of Israel were in the wilderness, and they found a man gathering sticks on the sabbath-day.  And they who found him gathering sticks on the sabbath-day brought him to Moses and Aaron, and to all the congregation of the children of Israel.  And they placed him in custody, for they did not determine what they should do to him.  And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, Let the man be by all means put to death: do ye all the congregation, stone him with stones.  And all the congregation brought him forth out of the camp; and all the congregation stoned him with stones outside the camp, as the Lord commanded Moses.”  Sep Num 15:32-36


The Israelites did think it was critical that the penalty of this law be fulfilled.  If one man breaks this law, then others may think they have permission to also break the law and they did not want this attitude towards the Sabbath day in the camp.  Since our ancestors did not keep this law we now have many Sabbath day law breakers amongst us which makes it hard for the rest of us to follow the Sabbath day law.  This law is still in force since it has not all been fulfilled.  Many laws are not yet fulfilled including the fall feast days.

Do not think that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets. I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. For amen I say unto you, till heaven and earth pass, one jot, or one tittle shall not pass of the law, till all be fulfilled. He therefore that shall break one of these least commandments, and shall so teach men, shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven. But he that shall do and teach, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”  DR Mat 5:17-19

The Sabbath in Deuteronomy

It is recorded in the book of Deuteronomy that Moses gathered all of the Israelites together to give them the commandments and laws.  It is also recorded in this book that they agreed to follow the laws by saying ‘amen’.    Here is where they are told the Sabbath day law once more:

Keep the sabbath day to sanctify it, as the Lord thy God commanded thee. Six days thou shalt work, and thou shalt do all thy works;  but on the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: thou shalt do in it no work, thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, thy man-servant, and thy maid-servant, thine ox, and thine ass, and all thy cattle, and the stranger that sojourns in the midst of thee; that thy man-servant may rest, and thy maid, and thine ox, as well as thou. And thou shalt remember that thou wast a slave in the land of Egypt, and the Lord thy God brought thee out thence with a mighty hand, and a high arm: therefore the Lord appointed thee to keep the sabbath day and to sanctify it.” Sep Deu 5:12-15

Notice that our Supreme Heavenly Father appointed us to keep the Sabbath day holy.  HE said it was our responsibility.   


Notice in the above translation states that HE gave the orders to guard the Sabbath day and sanctify it .  Therefore it was our sole responsibility to keep the day holy and set apart for rest.  He reminds them that they were slaves in Egypt because when they were slaves they were not able to keep the Sabbath day holy – just like today!

The Sabbath in Nehemiah

The book of Nehemiah records that the Prophet Nehemiah found that the Sabbath day laws were being violated in Jerusalem.  So he took measures to prevent continued violations.  He had the gates of Jerusalem shut so that no business could occur on the Sabbath day.  This also means that no one could come to Jerusalem on the Sabbath for any type of assembly that day.  This proves that the Prophet Nehemiah understood that the Sabbath day was a day of rest and no work.  

 “In those days I saw in Juda men treading wine-presses on the sabbath, and carrying sheaves, and loading asses with both wine, and grapes, and figs, and every kind of burden, and bringing them into Jerusalem on the sabbath-day: and I testified in the day of their sale. Also their dwelt in it men bringing fish, and selling every kind of merchandise to the children of Juda and in Jerusalem on the sabbath. And I strove with the free children of Juda, and said to them, What is this evil thing which ye do, and profane the sabbath-day?  Did not your fathers thus, and our God brought upon them and upon us and upon this city all these evils? and do ye bring additional wrath upon Israel by profaning the sabbath? And it came to pass, when the gates were set up in Jerusalem, before the sabbath, that I spoke, and they shut the gates; and I gave orders that they should not be opened till after the sabbath: and I set some of my servants at the gates, that none should bring in burdens on the sabbath-day. So all the merchants lodged, and carried on traffic without Jerusalem once or twice. Then I testified against them, and said to them, Why do ye lodge in front of the wall? if ye do so again, I will stretch out my hand upon you. From that time they came not on the sabbath.”  Sep Neh 13:15-21


King David & the Holy Bread

In the New Testament Jesus refers back to this story regarding King David on the Sabbath day.  Therefore, we will review what King David did on the Sabbath day. 
King David requested bread for his servants, however, there was only holy shewbread for the Sabbath available and King David told Priest Abimelech that is would be okay for his servants to eat the holy bread.

And David comes to Nomba to Abimelech the priest: and Abimelech was amazed at meeting him, and said to him, Why art thou alone, and nobody with thee? And David said to the priest, The king gave me a to-day, and said to me, Let no one know the matter on which I send thee, an concerning which I have charged thee: and I have charged my servants to be in the place that is called, The faithfulness of God, phellani maemoni. And now if there are under thy hand five loaves, give into my hand what is ready. And the priest answered David, and said, There are no common loaves under my hand, for I have none but holy loaves: if the young men have been kept at least from women, then they shall eat them. And David answered the priest, and said to him, Yea, we have been kept from women for three days: when I came forth for the journey all the young men were purified; but this expedition is unclean, wherefore it shall be sanctified this day because of my weapons. So Abimelech the priest gave him the shewbread; for there were no loaves there, but only the presence loaves which had been removed from the presence of the Lord, in order that hot bread should be set on, on the day on which he took them.” Sep 1 Samuel 21:1-6 

King David did explain that his servants had been kept from women and they were purified.  This is important since they had to be purified in order to eat the holy bread.  This is the law that King David and the priest are following:

And the Lord said to Moses, Go down and solemnly charge the people, and sanctify them to-day and to-morrow, and let them wash their garments. And let them be ready against the third day, for on the third day the Lord will descend upon mount Sina before all the people. And thou shalt separate the people round about, saying, Take heed to yourselves that ye go not up into the mountain, nor touch any part of it: every one that touches the mountain shall surely die. A hand shall not touch it, for every one that touches shall be stoned with stones or shot through with a dart, whether beast or whether man, it shall not live: when the voices and trumpets and cloud depart from off the mountain, they shall come up on the mountain. And Moses went down from the mountain to the people, and sanctified them, and they washed their clothes. And he said to the people, Be ready: for three days come not near to a woman.” Exo 19:10-15

Here is the law that required the making of the holy bread for the Sabbath day which stated this bread was for Aaron and his sons that were priests:

And ye shall take fine flour, and make of it twelve loaves; each loaf shall be of two tenth parts. And ye shall put them in two rows, each row containing six loaves, on the pure table before the Lord. And ye shall put on each row pure frankincense and salt; and these things shall be for loaves for a memorial, set forth before the Lord. On the sabbath-day they shall be set forth before the Lord continually before the children of Israel, for an everlasting covenant. And they shall be for Aaron and his sons, and they shall eat them in the holy place: for this is their most holy portion of the offerings made to the Lord, a perpetual statute.” Sep Lev 24:5-9

This law explains that only Aaron and his sons could eat the holy shewbread:

And no stranger shall eat the holy things: one that sojourns with a priest, or a hireling, shall not eat the holy things. But if a priest should have a soul purchased for money, he shall eat of his bread; and they that are born in his house, they also shall eat of his bread.” Lev 22:10-11

Therefore, even though the men had followed the purification laws, they were still not able to lawfully eat the shewbread.

The Sabbath in Maccabees

About 200 years prior to the birth of Jesus Christ, king Antiochus who ruled over Judea, put forth that the Israelites should profane the Sabbath day which means they should be required to perform work and physical labor on the Sabbath day.

Moreover king Antiochus wrote to his whole kingdom, that all should be one people, And every one should leave his laws: so all the heathen agreed according to the commandment of the king. Yea, many also of the Israelites consented to his religion, and sacrificed unto idols, and profaned the sabbath. For the king had sent letters by messengers unto Jerusalem and the cities of Juda that they should follow the strange laws of the land, And forbid burnt offerings, and sacrifice, and drink offerings, in the temple; and that they should profane the sabbaths and festival days: And pollute the sanctuary and holy people: Set up altars, and groves, and chapels of idols, and sacrifice swine's flesh, and unclean beasts: That they should also leave their children uncircumcised, and make their souls abominable with all manner of uncleanness and profanation: To the end they might forget the law, and change all the ordinances. 1Maccabees 1:41-49 

This was the start of the Israelites losing their freedom to observe the Sabbath. Next they started be attacked on the Sabbath day and because it was the Sabbath day the Israelites did not fight back. Many were losing their lives since they would not fight back when attacked on the Sabbath day even though the laws of Moses said they could put someone to death for not following the Sabbath day laws.

Now when it was told the king's servants, and the host that was at Jerusalem, in the city of David, that certain men, who had broken the king's commandment, were gone down into the secret places in the wilderness, They pursued after them a great number, and having overtaken them, they camped against them, and made war against them on the sabbath day. And they said unto them, Let that which ye have done hitherto suffice; come forth, and do according to the commandment of the king, and ye shall live. But they said, We will not come forth, neither will we do the king's commandment, to profane the sabbath day. So then they gave them the battle with all speed. Howbeit they answered them not, neither cast they a stone at them, nor stopped the places where they lay hid; But said, Let us die all in our innocency: heaven and earth will testify for us, that ye put us to death wrongfully. So they rose up against them in battle on the sabbath, and they slew them, with their wives and children and their cattle, to the number of a thousand people. 1Ma 2:31-38 

By the time of 2nd Maccabees it was totally unlawful to keep the Sabbath day holy.

Neither was it lawful for a man to keep sabbath days or ancient fasts, or to profess himself at all to be a Judean. 2 Mac 6:6 

The Israelites were secretly observing the Sabbath day and were killed for that act:

And others, that had run together into caves near by, to keep the sabbath day secretly, being discovered by Philip, were all burnt together, because they made a conscience to help themselves for the honour of the most sacred day. 2 Mac 6:11 

The Israelites should have united against their attackers and protected themselves.  They should have been punishing the people that were violating the Sabbath day laws all along so that they did not get themselves in this situation.  It was their responsibility to keep the day holy.

Jesus & the Sabbath Day

Jesus explains in the gospel of Matthew that the Son of man (Adam) has the authority to take care of his physically needs on the Sabbath. That would include his need for food, protection and safety.

At that time Jesus went on the sabbath through the cornfields; and his disciples were hungry, and began to pluck the ears and to eat. But the Pharisees, seeing [it], said to him, Behold, thy disciples are doing what is not lawful to do on sabbath. But he said to them, Have ye not read what David did when he was hungry, and they that were with him? How he entered into the house of God, and ate the shewbread, which it was not lawful for him to eat, nor for those with him, but for the priests only? Or have ye not read in the law that on the sabbaths the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are blameless?
But I say unto you, that there is here what is greater than the temple. But if ye had known what is: I will have mercy and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless. For the Son of man is Lord
[Greek kurios: master, supreme of authority] of the sabbath. And, going away from thence, he came into their synagogue. And behold, there was a man having his hand withered. And they asked him, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath? that they might accuse him. But he said to them, What man shall there be of you who has one sheep, and if this fall into a pit on the sabbath, will not lay hold of it and raise [it] up? How much better then is a man than a sheep! So that it is lawful to do well on the sabbath. Then he says to the man, Stretch out thy hand. And he stretched [it] out, and it was restored sound as the other.”  Darby’s Matthew 12:1-13

“And he said to them, The sabbath was made on account of man, not man on account of the sabbath; so that the Son of man is lord of the sabbath also.”  Darby’s Mark 2:27

Therefore we are told that the Sabbath was a gift made for us and the Israelites have complete authority on the Sabbath day.  Since the Israelites have the authority on the Sabbath day they have the authority to feed someone hungry, help in an emergency, and protect ourselves.  The Sabbath day laws were not put in place to be a hindrance towards true brotherly love and charity.  On the other hand though we do have the right to say no to helping a people that are not following the laws deliberately and therefore deliberately putting themselves at need on the Sabbath day.  Our Supreme Heavenly Father gave us this day for rest and we have the right to rest.

Paul’s Letter to the Hebrews

The apostle Paul wrote the letter to the Hebrews after Christ was crucified where he referred to the Sabbath day as a day of rest.  Paul was making a point that it is still important to follow the laws of Moses regarding the Sabbath day.

 “There remaineth therefore a sabbath rest for the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest hath himself also rested from his works, as God did from his. Let us therefore give diligence to enter into that rest, that no man fall after the same example of disobedience”. Hebrews 4:9-11

The Sabbath Day of the Week


Most people today believe that Sunday is the Sabbath day; however, if you use the currently named days of the week the Sabbath day is Saturday which is the seventh day.  Church day is on Sunday in order to not violate the Sabbath day law.  It is said that Sunday became ‘the Lord’s day’ because Jesus rose on the first day of the week:

And on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came to the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled back from the sepulchre. And going in, they found not the body of the Lord Jesus.”  Luke 24:1-2

Some people believe that the seven day cycle of the week has never been broken; therefore Saturday is still the seventh day in an unbroken cycle.

Some people do use the Solar Calendar described in Enoch to determine the Sabbath day; therefore their Sabbath day changes each year.   Enoch’s calendar does ensure that a feast day does not fall on a Sabbath day of rest which would be a conflict – you cannot both rest and prepare a feast day celebration.

Please pray and look for direction from our Heavenly Father as to which Sabbath day you should observe.  

Conclusion

Our Supreme Father in Heaven gave us this day of rest and it is up to us whether we can keep it holy. Today it is very hard to keep the Sabbath day holy when business is conducted seven days a week in our communities.  When I was young most businesses were closed on Sunday to protect the Sabbath day and today most businesses are open every day.  Plus others in your home may feel the need to work on household projects on the Sabbath day and make you feel guilty for not helping.  Just remember though that we were given the right to rest on the Sabbath day and it is a sign of being HIS chosen people.  Resting on this day shows HIM that you do believe you are one of HIS people that have been ‘called out’ to know the truth and obey HIS laws.

In a newspaper article published in 1903, the writer makes a good point that the Sabbath day of rest creates an environment where we can grow closer to our Heavenly Father. 



Accept our Heavenly Father’s gift and observe the Sabbath day of rest. 
Grow closer to HIM!  Keep the Sabbath day holy!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Yahshua’s Elect & the Third Day Awaking

Overview

Today there are many signs that Yahshua (Jesus) will be returning soon.  The main evidence of this is that HIS people are waking up to the truth of their identity.  The prophet Hosea told us that we would heal after two days and then we will arise and know HIM.

In their affliction they will seek me early, saying, Let us go, and return to the Lord our God; for he has torn, and will heal us; he will smite, and bind us up. After two days he will heal us: in the third day we shall arise, and live before him, and shall know him:  let us follow on to know the Lord: we shall find him ready as the morning, and he will come to us as the early and latter rain to the earth.” Septuagint Hosea 6:1-4 

The apostle Peter tells us that one day equals a thousand years in Yahoveh’s timing. 

But don't forget this one thing, beloved, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow concerning his promise, as some count slowness; but is patient with us, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” WEB 2 Peter 3:8


Therefore, since Yahshua came during the first millennium and we are now living in the third millennium which is the time that we are being healed and arising to the truth.  Right now, while truth is being revived to us, HE is allowing us time to wake up, learn and repent.  


We are really blessed to be living in this third millennium so we can experience this time of awaking!

 Three Days in the Belly of Hell

The apostles Luke and Matthew quoted Yahshua’s statement that we will be living in an evil generation and will be looking for a sign; however, none would be given but the sign of Jonah.

But he said, "On the contrary, blessed are those who hear the word of God, and keep it." When the multitudes were gathering together to him, he began to say, "This is an evil generation. It seeks after a sign. No sign will be given to it but the sign of Jonah, the prophet. For even as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so will also the Son of Man be to this generation.” WEB Luke 11:28-30

The Pharisees and Sadducees came, and testing him, asked him to show them a sign from heaven. But he answered them, "When it is evening, you say, 'It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.' In the morning, 'It will be foul weather today, for the sky is red and threatening.' Hypocrites! You know how to discern the appearance of the sky, but you can't discern the signs of the times! An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and there will be no sign given to it, except the sign of the prophet Jonah." He left them, and departed.”  WEB Matthew 16:1-4

If the only sign we are to be given is the ‘sign of Jonah’ what more can be learned about this sign?

Now the Lord prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonas: and Jonas was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights. And Jonas prayed to the Lord his God out of the belly of the fish. And he said: I cried out of my affliction to the Lord, and he heard me: I cried out of the belly of hell, and thou hast heard my voice. And thou hast cast me forth into the deep in the heart of the sea, and a flood hath compassed me: all thy billows, and thy waves have passed over me. And I said: I am cast away out of the sight of thy eyes: but yet I shall see thy holy temple again.” DR  Jonah 2:1-5

Many of have been told that this is a prophecy about Yahshua being in the tomb three days and three nights; however I believe this prophecy is a dual prophecy.  I believe it is telling us that we will start crying out to Yahshua, from the ‘belly of hell’, in the third millennium (one thousand year) and we will be asking for HIM to return.  Then we will get to see the holy temple!

So in the third millennium we will cry of to Yahoveh in our affliction and ask see the temple again.

The Sign of the Times

Above in Matthew verse 16:4, Yahshua emphases the importance of discerning the sign of the times that we are living in.  Currently we have so many of the laws of Moses being violated today that it would take me to long to document this fact.  And what is really shame is that most Christians do not even realize the importance of following these laws; in fact most Christians today have not even bothered to read the laws of Moses. 

We are told we will know them by their fruits and the only tool we have to measure their fruits or whether something is good or evil is the laws of Moses.  People’s fruit is their actions or behaviors.  People that are born from the ‘good tree’ have good behavior but can be deceived if they have not even read the laws of Moses.

“"Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly are ravening wolves. By their fruits you will know them. Do you gather grapes from thorns, or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree produces good fruit; but the corrupt tree produces evil fruit. A good tree can't produce evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree produce good fruit. Every tree that doesn't grow good fruit is cut down, and thrown into the fire.” WEB Matthew 7:15-18

People that have not read the laws of Moses are people that can be deceived into calling evil good.

Woe to them that call evil good, and good evil; who make darkness light, and light darkness; who make bitter sweet, and sweet bitter.” Septuagint Isaiah 5:20 

The apostle Timothy describes the time we are living today perfectly; therefore we know we are living in the ‘last days’. We need to be lovers of our Father in heaven, Yahovah and come to the knowledge of truth by reading HIS laws of Moses.

But know this, that in the last days, grievous times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, fierce, no lovers of good, traitors, headstrong, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God; holding a form of godliness, but having denied the power thereof. Turn away from these, also. For of these are those who creep into houses, and take captive gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, always learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” WEB  2 Timothy 3:1-7

Yahshua does describe signs for us to be looking for and he also states the time will be cut short for the Elect’s sake.  To me this means towards the beginning of the third millennium and I pray this is true.

“And when he was sitting on mount Olivet, the disciples came to him privately, saying: Tell us when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the consummation of the world? And Jesus answering, said to them: Take heed that no man seduce you: For many will come in my name saying, I am Christ: and they will seduce many. And you shall hear of wars and rumours of wars. See that ye be not troubled. For these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; and there shall be pestilences, and famines, and earthquakes in places: Now all these are the beginnings of sorrows. Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall put you to death: and you shall be hated by all nations for my name's sake. And then shall many be scandalized: and shall betray one another: and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall seduce many. And because iniquity hath abounded, the charity of many shall grow cold. But he that shall persevere to the end, he shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom, shall be preached in the whole world, for a testimony to all nations, and then shall the consummation come. When therefore you shall see the abomination of desolation, which was spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place: he that readeth let him understand. Then they that are in Judea, let them flee to the mountains: And he that is on the housetop, let him not come down to take any thing out of his house: And he that is in the field, let him not go back to take his coat. And woe to them that are with child, and that give suck in those days. But pray that your flight be not in the winter, or on the sabbath. For there shall be then great tribulation, such as hath not been from the beginning of the world until now, neither shall be. And unless those days had been shortened, no flesh should be saved: but for the sake of the elect those days shall be shortened. Then if any man shall say to you: Lo here is Christ, or there, do not believe him. For there shall arise false Christs and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders, insomuch as to deceive (if possible) even the elect.”  DR Matthew 11:24

The law is not done away since it has not been yet fulfilled.  The feast of Pentecost plus the Fall Feast are not fulfilled.  Here is what Paul told the Romans after Yahshua was crucified:

For whosoever have sinned without the law, shall perish without the law; and whosoever have sinned in the law, shall be judged by the law. For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.” DR Romans 2:12-13

I do realize it is very hard to follow the laws of Moses in these day; however, we must do are best and we must strive for perfection without going to jail for stoning people as the law requires in some cases.  So please take the time, if you have not already, to read the first five books of the bible where the laws of Moses are recorded.  The laws in Leviticus were for the Levitical priests and the laws in Deuteronomy were written for us common folks today. 

Take the time to learn the behavior of good fruit by reading the first five books of the bible.
The followers of these laws are the righteous children of Yahovah.
Bad fruit does not promote Yahovah’s truth or laws; in fact they normally state they are not religious when confronted.

Three Denials of Christ

When Yahshua selected his apostles, Simon was chosen to be one of the twelve.  Yahshua changed Simon’s name to Peter.   Peter is the Greek word ‘petros’ meaning rock.

Simon, to whom he gave the name Peter.”  WEB Mark 3:16

In these verses Yahshua us that he is going to build HIS assembly on this rock which also refers to Peter.  Plus it also tells us that he will give HIS assembly or people the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven. There is another dual prophecy telling us that Yahshua will be raised from the tomb in three days and the dual is that he will come again in the third millennium.  Technically the assembly or people have not had the keys to the kingdom in the past; therefore, we should be receiving the keys in the third millennium. I believe we are waking up to the truth about the keys to the kingdom right now.

I also tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my assembly, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it. I will give to you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven; and whatever you release on earth will be released in heaven." Then he charged the disciples that they should tell no one that he is Jesus the Christ. From that time, Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders, chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and the third day be raised up.”  WEB Matthew 16:18-21

Here, since Peter represents Yahoveh’s chosen people that are of HIS assembly, Yahshua is telling us that we will deny knowing HIM three times. The crow represents the ‘last trump’ in the book of Revelations.

“He said three times, "I tell you, Peter, the rooster will by no means crow today until you deny that you know me."” WEB Luke 22:34

Here all of the apostles fell asleep while Yahshua prayed which represents Yahoveh’s chosen people falling asleep and entering into temptation.  Yahshua tells us to arise and wake up; be aware of what is going on around you.

And he said to them: Why sleep you? arise, pray, lest you enter into temptation.”  DR Luke 22:46

The Gospel of Luke records that Peter did deny Yahshua three times before the cock crowed. 

And apprehending him, they led him to the high priest's house. But Peter followed afar off. And when they had kindled a fire in the midst of the hall, and were sitting about it, Peter was in the midst of them. Whom when a certain servant maid had seen sitting at the light, and had earnestly beheld him, she said: This man also was with him. But he denied him, saying: Woman, I know him not. And after a little while, another seeing him, said: Thou also art one of them. But Peter said: O man, I am not. And after the space, as it were of one hour, another certain man affirmed, saying: Of a truth, this man was also with him; for he is also a Galilean. And Peter said: Man, I know not what thou sayest. And immediately, as he was yet speaking, the cock crew. And the Lord turning looked on Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, as he had said: Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice (three times). DR Luke 22:54-61

In prophecy HIS chosen people have also denied him three times now.  So the last trump of Revelation will be blowing soon.

  • The first denial during the first millennium:  I know him not’.  We denied knowing Yahshua during the Christian age of the martyrs and the Roman persecutions; many of our ancestors did this since it was the only safe thing to do.
  • The second denial during the second millennium:  ‘O man, I am not’.  We denied that we were HIS true chosen people since we forgot our identity. The Celtic, Germanic and Anglo-Saxons are HIS chosen people.
  • The third denial during the third millennium:  ‘I know not what thou sayest’. We denied HIS word documented in our bibles.  Instead we have followed and believed in the ‘leaven of the Pharisees’ that is also known as the ‘traditions of man’.  We have not been recognizing HIS word as truth.  


Knowing your identity leads to honest truth of Yahoveh’s word.  This leads to repentance of our sins and our forefathers’ sins.  Do not sell your birth right for a pot of lentil soup like Esau did instead understand your identity.

Three Measures of Meal with Hidden Leaven

Here we are being told that the kingdom of Yahovah will be completely leavened in the third millennium.  Leaven is yeast that slowly raises the bread. Plus the real meal or meat of the scriptures was hidden from his chosen people during this time.

And again he said: Whereunto shall I esteem the kingdom of God to be like? It is like to leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.”  DR Luke 13:20

Leaven always represents lies; therefore, in the third millennium the whole earth will be full of lies, just as it is today.  In the Gospel of Matthew, Yahshua refers to lies as the ‘leaven of the Pharisees’ and Sadducees. The Pharisees and Sadducees were diverse political groups just like the Republicans and Democrats are today. 

How is it that ye do not understand that I spake it not to you concerning bread, that ye should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees? Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.” WEB  Matthew 16:11-12

We have been deceived and it is time to learn the Yahoveh’s truth.

Three Woes of Judgement

The last three trumpets come with three woes that are given by three angels.  Woe means denunciation which is a public condemnation; therefore, the three woes of Revelation are a public prosecution and condemnation.

And I beheld, and heard the voice of one eagle flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice: Woe, woe, woe to the inhabitants of the earth: by reason of the rest of the voices of the three angels, who are yet to sound the trumpet.”​ DR Revelation 8:13
 “And at that hour there was made a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell: and there were slain in the earthquake names of men seven thousand: and the rest were cast into a fear, and gave glory to the God of heaven. The second woe is past: and behold the third woe will come quickly. And the seventh angel sounded the trumpet: and there were great voices in heaven, saying: The kingdom of this world is become our Lord's and his Christ's, and he shall reign for ever and ever. Amen.” DR Revelation 11:12-15

In summary, the three woes are:  

  • The first Woe during the fifth trumpet is five months of torment.  (Revelations 9:5 & 10)
  • The second Woe during the sixth trumpet sounds like a war that will last 1 year, 1 month, 1 day, and 1 hour in which a third of man will be killed. (Revelation 9:14-21)  A great earthquake will follow this with seven thousand men killed.  Then we finally repent as a nation and give glory to Yahoveh our Father in Heaven.  (Revelation 11:13-15)
  • The third Woe is when Yahoveh comes to judge the world after HIS chosen people have repented.  There will be another earthquake and hail. (Revelation 11:19)  Then the third angel will come to judge the rest of the world with fire and brimstone. (Revelation 14:9)


Conclusion

Yahshua will be building HIS kingdom here on earth with HIS chosen people who desire the truth and no longer deny him.
The signs of the very last days are all present today.
HIS Elect know he is there Father in Heaven and HE will reign forever as King in HIS Kingdom.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Tribe of Dan

Overview

Dan is the seventh son of Jacob Israel and he lived to be 125 years old.  His tribe was given the responsibility of judgement and he was the first tribe to set sail to Europe.  He has the honor of having places named after him in Europe, such as the Danube River and Denmark (Danmark).

Tribe of Dan was also known as:
·         Phoenicians
·         Danes
·         Danish
·         Danites

The tribe of Dan had the following positions:
·         Seventh son born to Jacob Israel. (1 Ch 2:2)
·         Seventh son to receive a blessing from Jacob Israel.  (Genesis chapter 49)
·         Seventh tribe counted in the Numbers chapter one census.
·         Chief leader of the North in the Numbers chapter two camp
·         Center North position in the Mazzaroth and is the constellation of Scorpio
·         Second largest tribe in the Numbers census count. His tribe had 62, 700 men.
·         Tenth to receive a blessing from Moses.
·         Seventh lot of land inherited in Joshua
·         East position of the Kingdom described in Ezekiel
·         Dan is not sealed in Revelations

The tribes of Dan’s symbols are:
·         Horse kicking up
·         Eagle
·         Eagle biting a snake
·         Scorpion that pinches
Red Garnet

Dan’s birth

Jacob Israel had twelve sons and Dan was his seventh son according to the birth order documented in Chronicles.  It is also stated that Dan was the seventh son in the apocrypha book ‘Testament of Dan’ shown towards the bottom of this page.

“These are the names of the sons of Israel; Ruben, Symeon, Levi, Juda, Issachar, Zabulon, Dan, Joseph, Benjamin, Nephthali, Gad, Aser.” Septuagint 1Ch 2:1-2

Dan was born of Jacob Israel and Balla (Bilhah or Bala).  Balla was Rachael’s servant.  Since Rachael was unable to conceive she had Balla conceive two babies on her behalf.  Later Rachael did have sons of her own and that was Joseph and Benjamin.  Rachael gave Dan his name because she was considered the lawful mother since Balla was her servant. 

Dan’s birth name means ‘judgement’ in Hebrew.

And Balla, Rachel's maid, conceived, and bore Jacob a son. And Rachel said, God has given judgment for me, and hearkened to my voice, and has given me a son; therefore she called his name, Dan.” Septuagint Genesis 30:5-6

Each tribe was given a gift or responsibility and Dan’s was the gift of judgement.

Jacob Israel’s Blessing of Dan

When Jacob Israel was on his death bed he gave blessings to each of his sons that are documented in Genesis chapter 49. Notice that these things are to come about in the last days and we are in the last days.

And Jacob called his sons, and said to them, Assemble yourselves, that I may tell you what shall happen to you in the last days. Gather yourselves together, and hear me, sons of Jacob; hear Israel, hear your father.”  Septuagint Gen 49:1-2

Jacob Israel said to Dan on his death bed:

Dan shall judge his people, as one tribe too in Israel. And let Dan be a serpent in the way, besetting the path, biting the heel of the horse (and the rider shall fall backward), waiting for the salvation of the Lord.” Septuagint Genesis 49:16-18
So Dan’s gift is judgement and his responsibility is to stop evil in its path.

Each of the tribes received their heraldry symbols based on the blessing they received from their dad, Jacob Israel. Dan’s descendants used the horse falling backwards in many of the locations where they settled.  The Danites never really used the serpent as their symbol as some believe. 

The serpent is said to be Dan’s original symbol; however the Danites never used it as their symbol. 



Horse Kicking Up

The Danites used the horse kicking up so that the rider would fall backwards just as Jacob Israel described.  Here are a few places where this symbol was used:



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Tribes Cardinal Signs

Numbers chapter 2 explains the 12 tribes camp arrangement used in the desert when the Israelites received the laws of Moses. The tribe’s cardinal directions are based on this arrangement is:  Dan is north shown as serpent, Judah is east shown as Lion, Ruben is south shown as water, and Joseph’s son Ephraim is west shown as the bull, buffalo or ox.  These were and are the leading tribes of Israel.



Revelations chapter 4 shows Dan’s sign is changed to the eagle and all the other leading sign are the same.  The 12 symbols of the tribes are reflected in our constellations; however, Dan is the scorpion or Scorpio since he is the lead northern constellation.  The bible usually reflects order of items:  first east, second south, third west, and then north.  Here is the description of the Throne of Yahweh (God) from Revelations chapter 4:

And around the throne, on each side of the throne, are four living creatures, full of eyes in front and behind: the first living creature like a lion, the second living creature like an ox, the third living creature with the face of a man, and the fourth living creature like an eagle in flight. And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and within, and day and night they never cease to say, “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!”  Revelation 4:6 

So in the last book of the bible; Judah the lion is east, Joseph’s son Ephraim the bull is south, Ruben the man pouring water is west, and Dan is the eagle or scorpion in the north


Horse & Eagle

The heraldry below shows both Dan’s new eagle symbol and his old horse symbol.


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Eagles Biting a Snake

The heraldry below shows Dan’s new symbol the eagle biting the snake.  So the snake is used here is to shows that Dan will have victory over the snake.  I’m sure that the snake is the serpent referenced in these two verses:

Now the serpent was the most crafty of all the brutes on the earth, which the Lord God made, and the serpent said to the woman, Wherefore has God said, Eat not of every tree of the garden?” Septuagint Genesis 3:2 

And there was a great battle in heaven, Michael and his angels fought with the dragon, and the dragon fought and his angels: And they prevailed not, neither was their place found any more in heaven. And that great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, who seduceth the whole world; and he was cast unto the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.” DR Revelations 12:7-9



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Map of North America

Reflected below is a map showing where the eagle biting the snake heraldry is being used in North America.  Within Dan’s land inheritance he received Sammaus which means city of the sun (more information below).  The city of Phoenix is located in the valley of the sun and in the same valley is Sun City.  Arizona and the surrounding areas are also a great place to find Dan’s breast plate stone the Garnet (more information below).  The Hohokam Indians lived in the area of Phoenix after the time of the Exodus from Egypt and they were a very sophisticated tribe like the Israelites. 


Europe Eagles

Here are countries of Europe that use the eagle in their heraldry.


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Map of Europe

Reflected below is a map of Europe showing where Dan’s symbols are in use.  His symbols are used in east Europe and Russia that is considered east.    When Yahshua (Jesus) returns to judge the earth HE will come from the east; therefore, the Danites in the east will receive judgement first. 

"For as the lightning comes forth from the east, and is seen even to the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man."  Matthew 24:27


Moses' Blessing of Dan

When Moses was ready to die, he also gave Dan a blessing as follows:

“And to Dan he said, Dan is a lion's whelp [birth], and shall leap out of Basan [smooth & fertile region].”  Septuagint Deuteronomy 33:22 

Now this is an interesting blessing since he was the first of the 12 tribes to leave the holy land and enter into Europe preparing the way for Judah who’s symbol is the lion.  This must be why Denmark’s symbol is the lion.

Denmark is actually named after the tribe of Dan.  In Europe Denmark is actually referred to as Danmark.

Scorpio Constellation                                               

In the heavens Dan’s symbol is the Scorpio constellation.  The scorpion pinches just like the eagle bits the snake. 


Dan’s Land Inheritance

Forty years after the Exodus of Egypt, each tribe inherited land based on the size of their tribe.  Dan’s tribe was the second largest tribe, only Judah’s tribe was larger.  Dan’s tribe consisted of 62,700 men older than age twenty.   The chief leader of Dan’s tribe was Achiezer, the son of Amisadai. 

Of Dan, Achiezer the son of Amisadai.” Septuagint Numbers 1:12 
The numbering of them of the tribe of Dan, was sixty and two thousand and seven hundred.” Septuagint Numbers 1:39 

Reflected below are descriptions of the tribe of Dan’s land inheritance.   Dan’s land was next to Judah’s land.  Dan did have a coastal region where the city of Joppa located.  Since Dan’s tribe was very large he would have received a very large land inheritance. 

The land description are normally described starting on the North east corner, then follows to the south east corner, then the south west corner and then to the north west corner; however, this is not always true.

In every version of our bibles the names of places were left in their original language; however, these names when translated into English will help us to identity the true location of the actual place.  I have indicated the English translation of the place names below.

Historian Josephus describes the tribe of Dan’s land in his Antiquities of the Judeans book, as follows:

The Danites' lot included all that part of the valley which respects the sun-setting, and were bounded by Azotus [Ashdod, ravager (Judah’s)] and Dora [on sea coast]; as also they had all Jamnia and Gath [wine press] , from Ekron [Accaron, erradication]to that mountain where the tribe of Judah begins.”

Dan’s land described in the Septuagint in Joshua 19:40-48, as follows:

And the seventh lot came out to Dan. And their borders were Sarath [hornet (Judah)] , and Asa [intreaty (Judah)], and the cities of Sammaus [city of the sun], and Salamin [haunt of fox holes] and Ammon [deer field],  and Silatha [it will hang; be high] and Elon [oak grove], and Thamnatha [a portion assigned] and Accaron [Ekron, erradication]; and Alcatha [Levitical City, unknown meaning], and Begethon [mound, hilly spot], and Gebeelan [mistressship], and Azor [praised or helpful] , and Banaebacat [sons of lighting], and Gethremmon [wine-press pomagranite] . And westward of Hieracon [waters of yellowness] the border was near to Joppa [beautiful, near sea]. This is the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Dan, according to their families, these are their cities and their villages: and the children of Dan did not drive out the Amorite who afflicted them in the mountain; and the Amorite would not suffer them to come down into the valley, but they forcibly took from them the border of their portion.  And the sons of Dan went and fought against Lachis, and took it, and smote it with the edge of the sword; and they dwelt in it, and called the name of it Lasendan [amber or jacinth, Dan]: and the Amorite continued to dwell in Edom and in Salamin: and the hand of Ephraim prevailed against them, and they became tribute to them.”

Dan’s land as described in the Latin based Douay-Rheims version of the bible in Joshua 19:40-48, as follows:
“The seventh lot came out to the tribe of the children of Dan by their families: And the border of their possession was Saraa and Esthaol, and Hirsemes, that is, the city of the sun. Selebin and Aialon and Jethela, Elon and Themna and Acron, Elthece, Gebbethon and Balaath, And Jud and Bane and Barach and Gethremmon : And Mejarcon and Arecon, with the border that looketh towards Joppe, And is terminated there. And the children of Dan went up and fought against Lesem, and took it: and they put it to the sword, and possessed it, and dwelt in it, calling the name of it Lesem Dan, by the name of Dan their father. This is the possession of the tribe of the sons of Dan, by their kindreds, the cities and their villages.”

The table below reflects a reference to each place name used to describe Dan’s land.

Type
Septuagint (Greek)
DR (Latin)
WEB
Masoretic
Strong’s
Who’s Territory
Also mentioned in
city
Sarath
Saraa
Zorah
Judah
Dan
city
Asa
Esthaol
Eshtaol
Eshta'ol: Eshtaol; in Judah; intreaty
Judah
Dan
Cities of
Sammaus
Hirsemes
Irshemesh
Dan

place
Salamin
Selebin
Shaalabbin
Dan

place
Ammon
Aialon
Aijalon
Ayyalon: deer; deer-field
Dan

place
Silatha
Jethela
Ithlah
Yithlah: it will hang; it will hang, i.e. Be high; Jithlah
Dan

city
Elon
Elon
Elon
Elon: terebinth; oak-grove
Dan
 Naphtali (different oak grove)
city
Thamnatha
Themna
Timnah
Dan
Judah
city
Accaron
Acron
Ekron
Dan
Judah
city
Alcatha
Elthece
Eltekeh
Elteqe or Elteqeh: a city; Levitical city
Dan

city
Begethon
Gebbethon
Gibbethon
Gibbethon: mound; a hilly spot
Dan

city
Gebeelan
Balaath
Baalath
Baalath: a city; mistressship
Dan

Azor
Jud
Jehud
Dan

city
Banaebacat
Bane & Barach
Bene-berak
Dan

Levitical city
Gethremmon
Gethremmon
Gath-rimmon
Dan

place
Hieracon
Mejarcon
Me-jarkon
Me Hayyarqon; water of the yellowness
Dan



Arecon
Rakkon
Raqqon; thinness


city
Joppa
Joppe
Dan

place
Lasendan
Lesem Dan
Leshem (Dan)
Leshem; a gem stone; amber or jacinth
Dan


Salamin (Amorites)



Dan


Dan’s Breast Plate Stone

While the Israelites were camped in the desert, after the Exodus, Yehovah instructed them to make a breast plate of Judgement.  This breast plate was to be worn by Aaron each time he entered the tabernacle.  The Israelites did make this breast plate during the forty years they were camped in the desert.  According to Josephus the stones were in birth order; therefore, Dan’s stone was ligure since it is the seventh stone mentioned.

And thou shalt interweave with it a texture of four rows of stone; there shall be a row of stones, a sardius, a topaz, and emerald, the first row. And the second row, a carbuncle, a sapphire, and a jasper. And the third row, a ligure, an agate, an amethyst: and the fourth row, a chrysolite, and a beryl, and an onyx stone, set round with gold, bound together with gold: let them be according to their row.”  Septuagint Exo 28:17-20

The ligure stone probably garnet; however it could be jacinth or amber.  

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Dan's Descendants

Shortly after Dan’s descendants received their land inheritance they began sailing in ships and became known as the Phoenicians.  The events, in the Book of Judges, occur shortly after the tribes received their land and this time period is known as ‘Judges’.  This book shows that Dan remained in ships.  Now Dan had been dead for a couple hundred years at this time; therefore, they are referring to Dan’s descendants.   

“Gilead abode beyond the Jordan: Dan, why did he remain in ships? Asher sat still at the haven of the sea, Abode by his creeks.” Judges 5:17

The tribe of Dan was the first tribe to leave and eventually explore Europe.   Dan is not mentioned once in the New Testament during the time when Jesus was living since he was probably not living in the holy land during this time.

One of Dan’s descendants named Samson did remain in Palestine area and became a Judge, during the time of Judges:

“And she bore a son, and called his name Samson. And the child grew, and the Lord blessed him. And the spirit of the Lord began to be with him in the camp of Dan, between Saraa and Esthaol.​” Judges 13:24

Another good example of a Danite being a judge is Chushim the son of Dan, the son of Jacob.  He beheaded Esau since Esau was not allowing Jacob Israel to be buried in the family cave in Hebron.  Jasher 56:62-65

Therefore, Samson and Chushim are good examples of a Danite performing his responsibility of being a judge.

The Exodus occurred about 1448BC and then the tribe of Dan went to sea they became known as the Phoenicians.  The Phoenicia time period takes place between 1500BC and 539BC.  Phoenicia means ‘blood red’ and that is how they identified themselves as being red.   This referred to their skin being red, meaning they blushed, got sunburns and had rosy checks.

According to old newspapers, Caucasians thought it was important to have ‘ruddy’ or red skin.  In fact it was a sign of good health.

1918 Ruddy Skin is Healthy




1856 Healthy to have Ruddy Skin



The mythical bird the Phoenix is derived from the same Greek word as Phoenicia.  The Phoenix is associated with rebirth.   The phoenix symbolizes renewal and resurrection, and represents many themes , such as “the sun, time, the empire, metempsychosis, consecration, resurrection, life in the heavenly Paradise, Christ, Mary, virginity, the exceptional man”.

The Book of Tephi explains that when the first temple fell in Jerusalem about 586BC, Tea Tephi who was king Zedekiah’s daughter, waited for a Danite to arrive by ship and take her to new home.  Here is an excerpt from the book.


The vase below dated c. 560 – 550 BC, shows the Phoenician hero Cadmus fighting the dragon.  So here Dan is fighting the snake or serpent just like Jacob Israel’s blessing stated he would be.


Danish

Denmark, that is actually called Danmark in Europe, is named after the tribe of Dan.  The history of Denmark as a unified kingdom began in the 8th century, but historic documents describe the geographic area and the people living there, the Danes -, as early as 500 AD.

 The Danish or Danes are descendants of Dan.  Danish is actually two words; Dan for tribe of Dan and ‘ish’ meaning man in Hebrew.  One of the royal coats of arms of Denmark below shows Dan as the eagle and shows the lions of Judah.

The Danish people are of Scandinavia descent.  Scandinavia always includes Denmark, Norway and Sweden. 


According to Wikipedia, here are the top locations where the tribe of Dan lives today:


Therefore the tribe of Dan is living both in the eastern and western countries.  After Denmark, the country with the second largest group of Danish people is the United States.  It is interesting to note that the Mormons in the United States did refer to themselves as Danites back in the 1830s.  The United States did also place Dan’s sign of the eagle biting the snake on the Great Seal.

Dan’s East Gate to the Kingdom to Come

When Jesus returns his kingdom will be established on earth.  Ezekiel describes his kingdom and shows the tribe of Dan will have a gate to enter the city on the east side. 

And these are the goings out of the city on the north side, four thousand and five hundred measures. And the gates of the city shall be after the names of the tribes of Israel: three gates northward; one gate of Reuben, one gate of Judah, one gate of Levi. And at the east side four thousand and five hundred: and three gates; and one gate of Joseph, one gate of Benjamin, one gate of Dan. And at the south side four thousand and five hundred measures: and three gates; one gate of Simeon, one gate of Issachar, one gate of Zebulun. At the west side four thousand and five hundred, with their three gates; one gate of Gad, one gate of Asher, one gate of Naphtali. It was round about eighteen thousand measures: and the name of the city from that day shall be, The Lord is there.”  Ezekiel 48:30-35

Judgement Thrones

According to these verses there will be at least 24 thrones for Judges.  I have wondered if the tribe of Dan will act as judges when Yahshua returns, since that is their gift and responsibility.  Yehovah will the ultimate Judge though.

Jesus said to them, “Truly, I say to you, in the new world, when the Son of Man will sit on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name's sake, will receive a hundredfold and will inherit eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first.” Mat 19:28

 “You are those who have stayed with me in my trials, and I assign to you, as my Father assigned to me, a kingdom, that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.” Luke 22:28

 “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.” At once I was in the Spirit, and behold, a throne stood in heaven, with one seated on the throne. And he who sat there had the appearance of jasper and carnelian, and around the throne was a rainbow that had the appearance of an emerald. Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and seated on the thrones were twenty-four elders, clothed in white garments, with golden crowns on their heads. From the throne came flashes of lightning, and rumblings and peals of thunder, and before the throne were burning seven torches of fire, which are the seven spirits of God, and before the throne there was as it were a sea of glass, like crystal.” Rev 4:1

Then I saw thrones, and seated on them were those to whom the authority to judge was committed.” Rev 20:4

Conclusion

Dan’s tribe is the only tribe not mentioned as being sealed in the Book of Revelations (chapter 7) and it just might be because his tribes’ responsibility is judgement.   Dan’s testimony below is one of repentance and warning to his descendants.  I look forward to Dan’s tribe providing justice for all the tribes of Israel and catching that serpent in it's tracks.

Dan’s Testimony

THE TESTAMENT OF DAN

The Seventh Son of Jacob and Bilhah.

CHAP. I.

The seventh son of Jacob and Bilhah. The jealous one. He counsels against anger saying that "it giveth peculiar vision." This is a notable thesis on anger.
THE copy of the words of Dan, which he spake to his sons in his last days, in the hundred and twenty-fifth year of his life.
2 For he called together his I family, and said: Hearken to my words, ye sons of Dan; and give heed to the words of your father.
3 I have proved in my heart, and in my whole life, that truth with just dealing is good and well pleasing to God, and that lying and anger are evil, because they teach man all wickedness.
4 I confess, therefore, this day to you, my children, that in my heart I resolved on the death of Joseph my brother, the true and good man. .
5 And I rejoiced that he was sold, because his father loved him more than us.
6 For the spirit of jealousy and vainglory said to me: Thou thyself also art his son.
7 And one of the spirits of Beliar stirred me up, saying: Take this sword, and with it slay Joseph: so shall thy father love thee when he is dead.
8 Now this is the spirit of anger that persuaded me to crush Joseph as a leopard crusheth a kid.
9 But the God of my fathers did not suffer him to fall into my hands, so that I should find him alone and slay him, and cause a second tribe to be destroyed in Israel.
10 And now, my children, behold I am dying, and I tell you of a truth, that unless ye keep yourselves from the spirit of lying and of anger, and love truth and longsuffering, ye shall perish.
11 For anger is blindness, and does not suffer one to see the face of any man with truth.
12 For though it be a father or a mother, he behaveth towards them as enemies; though it be a brother, he knoweth him not; though it be a prophet of the Lord, he disobeyeth him; though a righteous man, he regardeth him not; though a friend, he doth not acknowledge him.
13 For the spirit of anger encompasseth him with the net of deceit, and blindeth his eyes, and through lying darkeneth his mind, and giveth him its own peculiar vision.
14 And wherewith encompasseth it his eyes? With hatred of heart, so as to be envious of his brother.
15 For anger is an evil thing, my children, for it troubleth even the soul itself.
16 And the body of the angry man it maketh its own, and over his soul it getteth the mastery, and it bestoweth upon the body power that it may work all iniquity.
17 And when the body does all these things, the soul justifieth what is done, since it seeth not aright.
18 Therefore he that is wrathful, if he be a mighty man, hath a threefold power in his anger: one by the help of his servants; and a second by his wealth, whereby he persuadeth and overcometh wrongfully; and thirdly, having his own natural power he worketh thereby the evil.
19 And though the wrathful man be weak, yet hath he a power twofold of that which is by nature; for wrath ever aideth such in lawlessness.
20 This spirit goeth always with lying at the right hand of Satan, that with cruelty and lying his works may be wrought.
21 Understand ye, therefore, the power of wrath, that it is vain.
22 For it first of all giveth provocation by word; then by deeds it strengtheneth him who is angry, and with sharp losses disturbeth his mind, and so stirreth up with great wrath his soul.
23 Therefore, when any one. speaketh against you, be not ye moved to anger, and if any man praiseth you as holy men, be not uplifted: be not moved either to delight or to disgust.
24 For first it pleaseth the hearing, and so maketh the mind keen to perceive the grounds for provocation; and then being enraged, he thinketh that he is justly angry.
25 If ye fall into any loss or ruin, my children, be not afflicted; for this very spirit maketh a man desire that which is perishable, in order that he may be enraged through the affliction.
26 And if ye suffer loss voluntarily, or involuntarily, be not vexed; for from vexation ariseth wrath with lying.
27 Moreover, a twofold mischief is wrath with lying; and they assist one another in order to disturb the heart; and when the soul is continually disturbed, the Lord departeth from it, and Beliar ruleth over it.

CHAP. II.

A prophecy of the sins, captivity, plagues, and ultimate restitution of the nation. They still talk of Eden (See Verse 18). Verse 23 is remarkable in the light of prophecy.
OBSERVE, therefore, my children, the commandments of the Lord, and keep His law; depart from wrath, and hate lying, that the Lord may dwell among you, and Beliar may flee from you.
2 Speak truth each one with his neighbour. So shall ye not fall into wrath and confusion; but ye shall be in peace, having the God of peace, so shall no war prevail over you.
3 Love the Lord through all your life, and one another with a true heart.
4 I know that in the last days ye shall depart from the Lord, and ye shall provoke Levi unto anger, and fight against Judah; but ye shall not prevail against them, for an angel of the Lord shall guide them both; for by them shall Israel stand.
5 And whensoever ye depart from the Lord, ye shall walk in all evil and work the abominations of the Gentiles, going a-whoring after women of the lawless ones, while with all wickedness the spirits of wickedness work in you.
6 For I have read in the book of Enoch, the righteous, that your prince is Satan, and that all the spirits of wickedness and pride will conspire to attend constantly on the sons of Levi, to cause them to sin before the Lord.
7 And my sons will draw near to Levi, and sin with them in all things; and the sons of Judah will be covetous, plundering other men's goods like lions.
8 Therefore shall ye be led away with them into captivity, and there shall ye receive all the plagues of Egypt, and all the evils of the Gentiles.
9 And so when ye return to the Lord ye shall obtain mercy, and He shall bring you into His sanctuary, and He shall give you peace.
10 And there shall arise unto you from the tribe of Judah and of Levi the salvation of the Lord; and he shall make war against Beliar.
11 And execute an everlasting vengeance on our enemies; and the captivity shall he take from Beliar the souls of the saints, and turn disobedient hearts unto the Lord, and give to them that call upon him eternal peace.
12 And the saints shall rest in Eden, and in the New Jerusalem shall the righteous rejoice, and it shall be unto the glory of God for ever.
13 And no longer shall Jerusalem endure desolation, nor Israel be led captive; for the Lord shall be in the midst of it [living amongst men], and the Holy One of Israel shall reign over it in humility and in poverty; and he who believeth on Him shall reign amongst men in truth.
14 And now, fear the Lord, my children, and beware of Satan and his spirits.
15 Draw near unto God and unto the angel that intercedeth for you, for he is a mediator between God and man, and for the peace of Israel he shall stand up against the kingdom of the enemy.
16 Therefore is the enemy eager to destroy all that call upon the Lord.
17 For he knoweth that upon the day on which Israel shall repent, the kingdom of the enemy shall be brought to an end.
18 For the very angel of peace shall strengthen Israel, that it fall not into the extremity of evil.
19 And it shall be in the time of the lawlessness of Israel, that the Lord will not depart from them, but will transform them into a nation that doeth His will, for none of the angels will be equal unto him.
20 And His name shall be in every place in Israel, and among the Gentiles.
21 Keep, therefore, yourselves, my children, from every evil work, and cast away wrath and all lying, and love truth and long-suffering.
22 And the things which ye have heard from your father, do ye also impart to your children that the Saviour of the Gentiles may receive you; for he is true and long-suffering, meek and lowly, and teacheth by his works the law of God.
23 Depart, therefore, from all unrighteousness, and cleave unto the righteousness of God, and your race will be saved for ever.
24 And bury me near my fathers.
25 And when he had said these things he kissed them, and fell asleep at a good old age.
26 And his sons buried him, and after that they carried up his bones, and placed them near Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob.
27 Nevertheless, Dan prophesied unto them that they should forget their God, and should be alienated from the land of their inheritance and from the race of Israel, and from the family of their seed.