2024 and 2017 Eclipse Paths: God Is in the Numbers

2024 and 2017 Eclipse Paths: God Is in the Numbers
T.W. Tramm – (03/02/24)  https://www.theseasonofreturn.com/

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THE God of the Bible is a God of numbers:
He counts (Matt. 10:30).
He weighs (Lev. 19:35, 36).
He measures (Isa. 40:12).

The resultant connections and patterns reveal the design of the Creator, and each has a particular symbolism attached to it … With this in mind, it is interesting to “measure” the paths of the 2024 and 2017

American eclipses:

The 2024 eclipse-path is 120 miles wide.

This is significant because in Scripture, the number 120 denotes a limit, or endpoint, pertaining to mortal man: the maximum human lifespan is 120 years, and there are 120 jubilees in God’s 6,000-year plan of redemption (Gen. 6:3).

             The 2017 eclipse-path is 70 miles wide.

The number 70 likewise denotes an endpoint and redemption:

• A typical human lifespan is 70 years (Ps. 90:10).
• After being redeemed from Egypt, the Israelites camped at an oasis of 70 palm trees (Ex. 15:27).
• The Jews were redeemed from Babylon after 70 years (Jer. 29:10).
• God’s plan of redemption encompasses 70 weeks (Dan. 9:24–27).

Seeing how the number 70 denotes redemption, particularly for Jews, it is significant that it has now been 10 Sabbatical weeks—equivalent to 70 years— since Israel became a nation again:

1948 + 10 weeks (70 years) = 2024

Additionally, there have been exactly 70 Jubilee periods since the Israelites first entered the Promised Land and began counting the 49-year cycle:

1407 BC + 70 Jubilees (3,430 years) = 2024

That 2024 is a Jubilee year is corroborated by the 70 Weeks Prophecy:

“From the time the word goes out to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until Messiah the prince comes, there will be seven sevens” [one Jubilee period] (Dan. 9:25).

According to the prophecy, a Jubilee period begins after the Jews return to Jerusalem. Since the Jews returned to Jerusalem in June 1967, the count of “seven sevens,” or one Jubilee period, begins at first Sabbatical week after that:

1974 + 49 = 2023 + 1 (Jubilee) = 2024

Our Jubilee calculation dovetails with another remarkable feature of the eclipse-paths: when we subtract the 70-mile-wide path from the 120-mile-wide path, we get 50, the number of Jubilee.

Thus, all three numbers associated with the eclipse-paths—50, 70, and 120—speak of redemption:

• The number 50 denotes the Jubilee, or “year of redemption.”
• The number 70 denotes the redemptions from Egypt and Babylon.
• The number 120 denotes the redemption of fallen man after 120 Jubilees.

But there is more. Adding to the redemption theme, the shadows of the 2024 and 2017 eclipses intersect at an area of Southern Illinois called “Little Egypt,” which happens to lie just south of the major highways I-70 and US 50. “Egypt,” “70,” and “50” are, again, synonymous with redemption.

Finally, if the redemption theme was not far-reaching enough, the 2024 eclipse occurs in the constellation Pisces—the sign that depicts God’s people in bondage—precisely on the Band that binds
the fish, thus signifying a severing of the Band, or a release from bondage.

To appreciate the unlikelihood of a solar eclipse occurring on the Band of Pisces, consider that the Sun is found at this location for only about a day each year.  In 2024, this day happens to coincide with the new moon that marks the beginning of Nisan, also known as the “month of redemption.”

God speaks through numbers.

The numbers associated with the 2024 and 2017 eclipse paths—120, 70, and 50—signify redemption in the ultimate sense.
Other elements of the 2024 eclipse add to the redemption theme:

• It occurs on the Band that binds the fish.
• Its path intersects the 2017 eclipse-path at Little Egypt.
• It occurs in a calculated “year of redemption,” at the beginning of the “month of redemption.”
If we are hearing the Lord correctly, it is time to stand up and lift up our heads, because our redemption is near (Luke 21:28).

1. More on the meanings of numbers in Scripture:

2. Seeing how the number 120 points to the redemption of fallen man, it is noteworthy that Strong’s #120 is the
name “Adam.”

3. The width of an eclipse path will vary by a handful of miles, depending on geography. However, at the location
where the 2024 shadow first enters the US, and which sees the longest duration of darkness (Texas), the path of
totality is calculated to be exactly 120 miles wide:

4. The 2017 eclipse path was 70 miles wide:

5. Sabbatical years (see “WH” for Wacholder): https://www.pickle-publishing.com/papers/sabbatical-yearstable.htm

6. The Jubilee is the “year of redemption,” during which bondservants are set free (Lev. 25).

7. There are 70 primary Interstate Highways in the US. I-70 is considered the dividing line between Central and
Southern Illinois, a.k.a. “Little Egypt.”

8. The 2017 eclipse occurred in the constellation Leo, the final sign of the Mazzaroth that pictures Jesus, the “Lion
of the Tribe of Judah,” coming to judge (Rev. 5:5).

9. More on the 2024 eclipse:


Mt Zion – Mt Moriah – Mt Calvary – Mt Eden

Mt Zion

His foundation is in the holy mountains.

The LORD loves the gates of Zion
        More than all the other dwelling places of Jacob.

Glorious things are spoken of you,
O city of God 

 –  Psalm 87:2-3

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. – Matthew 5:14-16

Mt Zion is synonymous with the city of God, the city of David, the city of Jerusalem.  Zion is the “holy mountains” on earth that the Lord loves and dwells with men.  Zion means “highest point” (Spiritually speaking).   

I will lift up my eyes to the hills—
From whence comes my help?
My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth. – Psalm 121:1-2

Zion is the hill where David built a citadel … a refuge and fortress.  I will say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom I trust!” – Psalm 91:2.  Zion also includes the “temple mount” area, Mt Moriah, the threshing floor that David purchased to build the Temple of God (2 Samuel 24:18-21).  Moriah means “seen by Yahweh”. 

How lovely on the mountains Are the feet of him who brings good news, Who announces peace And brings good news of happiness, Who announces salvation, And says to Zion, “Your God reigns!” – Isaiah 52:7

Mt Zion is the place where God saw the faithfulness of Abraham who was willing to sacrifice his only son, Isaac (Genesis 22:1-24) and it is the place where David pleaded with God for mercy to stay His hand of judgement for his disobedience and pride (1 Chronicles 21:14-18) and it is the place David purchased to built an altar to the Lord (1 Chronicles 21:18-30) and it is the place where David’s son, Solomon, build the first temple to God (2 Chronicles 3:1) and it is the place “Calvary” where the ultimate faithfulness and sacrifice of God’s only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, occurred (Luke 23:33) to pay for the sins of the world, allowing those who believe in Him to enter into the Holy Place in Heaven (Hebrews 9:12).  The death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ is the gospel “good news” of our Salvation (1 Corinthians 15:3-4) and those who believe this good news are to proclaim to the world … “Go tell it on the mountain over the hills and everywhere – that Jesus Christ is born!

Psalm 110:1 The LORD (Yahweh – Father) says to my Lord (Adon – Jesus): “Sit at My right hand until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet.”


      2 The LORD (Yahweh – Father) will stretch forth Your (Adoni – Jesus) strong scepter from Zionsaying,“Rule in the midst of Your enemies.”  

Remember when Jesus rebuked the Scribes as if in a riddle to them, quoting from Psalm 110 to confirm His identity as the Son of God (Luke 20:42).  “The Lord – God the Father” said to the Lord and Savior of David – “my Lord – God the Son” … come sit at my right hand.  And this is where Jesus is now, ever since He ascended into Heaven … He is seated at the right hand of the Father in Heaven (Mark 16:19).  Jesus is in Heaven preparing a place (the New Jerusalem) for His born again children (John 14:3).  Jesus is making intercession for believers (Romans 8:34) as He waits to “rapture His Bride the Church” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17) then He will bring judgement and discipline (Jacobs’ Trouble) upon the earth for 7 years (Daniel 9:27) – “The Day of the Lord”.

For the LORD has a day of vengeance, A year of recompense for the cause of Zion.  – Isaiah 34:8  

   Ask now, and see
            If a male can give birth.
            Why do I see every man
            With his hands on his loins, as a woman in childbirth?
            And why have all faces turned pale?

    Alas! for that day is great,
            There is none like it;
            And it is the time of Jacob’s distress,
            But he will be saved from it.   – Jeremiah 30:6-7

Blow a trumpet in Zion, And sound an alarm on My holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble, For the day of the LORD is coming; Surely it is near, – Joel 2:1

“And it will come about that whoever calls on the name of the LORD Will be delivered; For on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem There will be those who escape, As the LORD has said, Even among the survivors whom the LORD calls. – Joel 2:32

After the 7 year period of Tribulation/Wrath, Jesus will return with His resurrected Saints (Revelation 19:14) from Heaven to reign and rule over the earth from Mt Zion for 1,000 years (Revelation 20:6).   And when Jesus returns to earth to kill His enemy at the battle of Armageddon the remnant of Jews who have been protected during the Tribulation period will recognize their Messiah “Jesus” (Zechariah 12:10) and serve Him in a new temple built on Mt Zion (Ezekiel 43:27).  ” 

Genesis 1: 27 God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.

Why are the Jews surprised that God would chose a human body to inhabit (Hebrews 10:5) and dwell with His created beings, since He created man His image (Genesis 1:27)?  Today, like during the time of Jesus, many Jews are preoccupied with the thought of their coming Messiah who will rule over the earth from Mt Zion.  Unfortunately, the Jews (like most people) remain blind to the fact that Jesus is their Messiah and that Jesus must “first” rule in their heart (Colossians 3:15) before they can rule with Him!  People are looking for peace in the world but the only way to have peace in this world is to first have peace with God by Grace through faith in Jesus Christ. 

Jesus said “I have come in My Father’s name, and you do not receive Me; if another comes in his own name, you will receive him (John 5:43).  The one who comes in his own name, as a man, boasting with promises that he can bring peace to the world is the Antichrist.  Do not be deceived, there is no peace on this earth or in Heaven apart from Jesus … that is why He told us to “seek ye first the Kingdom of God (Matthew 6:33)not a Kingdom on this earth … not until He returns to earth!   Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world.  If My kingdom were of this world, then My servants would be fighting so that I would not be handed over to the Jews; but as it is, My kingdom is not of this realm” (John 18:36). 

In other words, at this time we are to tell people how to enter the Kingdom of God by Grace through faith in Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8-9) because Jesus is building Kingdom Citizens during the Church age that will reign and rule with Him in His Millennium Kingdom on earth.  Jesus is building His Church at this time and the “Gates of Hell” will not prevail against what Jesus is doing during the this time – the Church Age (Matthew 16:18).  And the “Gates of Bill” with his ID 2020 agenda and vaccine will not prevail against the Church either!  A born again believer does not live in fear of this world but in a position of “victory” over the world because Jesus has overcome the world (John 16:33).   The mission of the Church is not to rule over the world at this time but to allow Jesus to rule over the heart and mind of the believer, to shine the light of Jesus through their life and bring people into God’s Kingdom by sharing the gospel of Grace! 

Satan is still the prince of this world (John 12:31), until, at the end of the Tribulation period he is locked away in the Abyss for 1,000 years (Revelation 20:1-2).  Then at that time, all men and woman who have survived the 7 year Tribulation period and are “Sheep” in the sight of God will enter the Millennium Kingdom on earth and the resurrected Saints will reign and rule with King Jesus from Mt Zion for 1,000 years (Revelation 2:26-27, Revelation 5:10, Revelation 19:15) Moreover, this is God’s plan for man from the very beginning, that man would multiply upon the earth, fill it and rule over it (Genesis 1:27-28).  God’s plan has not been destroyed … it has only been delayed.  After the Millennium period of 1,000 years the Lord will make a new Heaven and new Earth and the family of God’s Grace (those who have put their faith in Jesus) will fulfill God’s purpose that God had before the beginning of time (Genesis 1:28, Revelation 21:1-5)!

Even God signature letter “shin” (El Shaddai – God Almighty – peace and perfection) is clearly displayed upon Mt Zion.  Note, in the image at the top of the page the letter shin is outlined in yellow by the three valleys in Jerusalem … from left to right,  Hinnom (Gehenna), Tyropoen (Central) and Kidron (Jehoshaphat).  These valleys separate Mt Zion (to the left – west) and Mt Moriah (to the right – east).  Wow, what a awesome God we serve!  Also note, the letter shin was used as a greeting among the Jewish priest … this is where Lenard Nimoy who played the character “Spock” on Star Trek came up with the idea for a Vulcan greeting (see below for more information about Spock and the Vulcan Greeting).

THE SHIN BEAST MARK 666 —> ⁣https://enddaysnews.wordpress.com/2022/05/29/the-shin-beast-mark-666/

Zion personified

You also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. – 1 Peter 2:5

“See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in Him will never be put to shame”  – 1 Peter 2:6 

But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels,  – Hebrews 12:22

Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures (Psalm 118:22): ‘The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone. This was the LORD’s doing, And it is marvelous in our eyes’? – Matthew 21:42

Daniel 2:44“In the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which will never be destroyed, and that kingdom will not be left for another people; it will crush and put an end to all these kingdoms, but it will itself endure forever. 45“Inasmuch as you saw that a stone was cut out of the mountain without hands and that it crushed the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver and the gold, the great God has made known to the king what will take place in the future; so the dream is true and its interpretation is trustworthy.”

Zion is not only a physical mountain in the land of Israel but it is also “Spiritual Mountain” where the “rock” of our Salvation (Jesus) is cut out by God (not human hands) and Jesus will one day destroys man’s Kingdoms (Daniel 2:45) which is depicted by the statue of the Gentile Kingdoms in the picture (head-gold-lion-Babylon, chest-silver-bear-Medo-Persia, belly and thighs-bronze-leopard-Greece and legs-iron-Beast-Rome).  The final Gentile kingdom represented by the toes of iron and clay are not clearly identified but the iron indicates it’s a revived Roman Empire with a a strong military force and “the clay” may indicate the 10 nations (like a United Nations) who are in league with the Antichrist (Revelation 17:12). 

Some say the clay represents the Nephilim, Fallen Angel seed that will return in the last days and mix with man or some say the clay represents the modified DNA seed of man by those who take the Mark of the Beast.  The clay also may indicate the “Jews”, the seed of man that was set apart by God, who were not to mix with the world … not so much in a physical sense but in a Spiritual sense.  The Jews were not to rule the world with the Gentile nations but they were to act as a “light of the Salvation” to the nations.  Yet, during the Tribulation the Jews who are from the synagogue of Satan, “Zionist’, will rule the world with the Gentile kingdom but this Kingdom will not hold together because the “Solid Rock” Jesus will return and destroy this Kingdom and set up His Millennium Kingdom!

‘I know your tribulation and your poverty (but you are rich), and the blasphemy by those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan.  Revelation 2:9

Note, this final 10 toe, 10 nation iron-clay Beast Kingdom has a religion “the harlot” that rides the Beast for the first 3 1/2 years of the Tribulation.  This “harlot” is the revived Roman Catholic Church, the ecumenical One World Religion “Chrislam” of the NWO Antichrist Kingdom.  It represent the religion of “Science and Technology” in the name of Christ … it is not the “Science” of God but it is the “pseudoscience” of men, mainly related to “Medical Science” concerning the body and what the “Priest of Science” say is true about the body and about their miracle “blood” elixirs.  The Priest of the NWO are made of Nefarious Narriastic Nerds of Big Banks, Big Pharma, Big Tech, the Main Scream Media who are represented today by “Billy Goat Gates of Hell and Dr Nazi”.

At some point during the last half of the Beast overthrows “the harlot”, the one world religion who rides the Beast because all the people who have taken the Mark of the Beast will no longer need Big Tech, Big Banks or Big Pharma to control or provide for them … they probably will not even need to buy and sell or eat or sleep because they will most likely be demonically changed and eternally damned!  Even the Great City of Commerce – Babylon and all of merchants will fall.  The point is that Jesus is the rock and He destroys the kingdom of man and the Beast Kingdom of Satan and sets up His Millennium Kingdom on earth where He will rule and reign with His Saints for 1,000 years (Revelation 19:15).

Jesus is this the chief cornerstone (1 Peter 2:6, Matthew 21:42) of the New Jerusalem city and believers are symbolized as “living stones” that are built upon the cornerstone of faith in Christ (1 Peter 2:5).  As Jesus explained to Peter, our confession of faith in Christ is the “rock” of our Salvation upon which we are to build our lives upon (Matthew 16:18).  I have read many commentaries about binding and loosening things on earth and I think Jesus is talking about our Spiritual walk with Him on earth … to bind means “to turn from or deny” the things that do not honor Jesus and to loose means “to embrace or allow” those things that do honor Jesus (Matthew 16:19).   

Zion is a “Spiritual place in the heart of God” consisting of those who already do believe in Jesus Christ and those who will believe in Jesus Christ in the future. 


Zion is also like a “woman or mother” who gives birth to believers of Jesus Christ.


And Zion is like a “virgin Bride” who marries Jesus Christ.

A believer’s body is also the temple of Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19).  Our physical body is compared to a tent that will be destroyed but one day believers will have a Heavenly building, a resurrected body that is eternal!  (2 Corinthians 5:1).  Believers are also called the “body of Christ” on earth … Jesus is the head and we are His body with many members (1 Corinthians 12:12).     

But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; – 1 Peter 2:9 

Oh, my dear children! I feel as if I’m going through labor pains for you again, and they will continue until Christ is fully developed in your lives. – Galatians 4:19 (NLT)

Who has heard such a thing? Who has seen such things? Shall the earth be made to give birth in one day? Or shall a nation be born at once? For as soon as Zion was in labor, She gave birth to her children. – Isaiah 66:8  

A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars; and she was with child; and she cried out, being in labor and in pain to give birth. – Revelation 12:1-2

Zion is also personified as a “Spiritual” person, a woman who gives birth to children, a holy nation (1 Peter 2:9) “prior” to her labor pain (Isaiah 66:8).  Some see this woman who is clothed with the sun (Revelation 12:1) as Zion who gives birth (Rapture/Resurrection) to a man child (the Church) while she is in labor (danger within and without Israel) which begins the 7 year Tribulation period (Jacob’s Trouble).  The Church is the “wild olive branches” that are grafted into the true vine of Jesus Christ, while the cultivated branches (Israel) have been temporarily broken off (Romans 11:17).  Therefore, the Church shares in the promise of Salvation that comes from the Spiritual mountain of faith that is represented by Zion.  The woman in (Revelation 12:1) also represents the believing remnant of Jews, Israel, who will flee into the wilderness and be protected during the Tribulation period (Revelation 12:6).  At the end of the Tribulation, the nation of Israel will look upon Jesus and morn for Him whom they pierced and they will be saved …. the Jews will have a Spiritual birth “after” they go through the Labor pains of the Tribulation (Zechariah 12:10).   

In contrast to the faithful woman of Zion is the whore of Babylon, the woman who rides the Beast.  She represents the One World Religion of the Beast Kingdom, called the mother of harlots (Revelation 17:5) because she commits Spiritual  adultery, allowing people to worship anything and anyone, except Jesus!  This is the Spirit of Jezebel that is killing the Church today … it operates through a call for “unity among men” over a call for “the Truth in Christ”.  Salvation is not though a teaching of man but by belief in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ!

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout in triumph, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; He is just and endowed with salvation, Humble, and mounted on a donkey, Even on a colt, the foal of a donkey. – Zechariah 9:9

“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling. – Matthew 23:37

Though she is beautiful and delicate, I will destroy the Daughter of Zion. – Jeremiah 4:31

The woman (Zion) gives birth to the man child (the Church) but Zion’s first born child is the daughter of Zion (the Jews).  It is obvious from scripture that Jesus is the king of the Jews.  It is Jesus who rode into Jerusalem on a colt on Palm Sunday (Zechariah 9:9, John 12:14) on the very day the Passover lambs were selected for sacrifice according to the Law (Exodus 12:3).  And He was observed for 5 days according to the Law and He hung on the cross as our Passover Lamb and shed His blood at the very moment the Passover lambs were being sacrificed on the temple mount.  It is Finished Indeed! (John 19:30)  And Jesus rose from the dead on the day of the First Fruits festival!  Jesus has fulfilled the Law which man is unable to do and because the Daughter of Zion does not acknowledge her Messiah which frees her from the condemnation of the Law, she is disciplined by God, as though God will destroy her but really He is bringing her to Salvation in Jesus!

And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband.   – Revelation 21:2 

Now this Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to the present Jerusalem, for she is in slavery with her children (those who try to keep the Law).  But the Jerusalem above is free; she is our mother (those who are born again by faith in Jesus Christ).​ – Galatians 4:25-26

Not only is Mt Zion personified as a Spiritual Mountain and a Woman who gives birth but the “new Jerusalem” (the place that Jesus is preparing for those who believe in Him – John 14:3) is also personified as a bride adorned for her husband (Jesus) and the new Jerusalem will come down from Heaven and rest upon earth on Mt Zion!  Paul spoke about presenting the Church as a Bride to Christ “For I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy; for I betrothed you to one husband, so that to Christ I might present you as a pure virgin”. – 2 Corinthians 11:2.  I think “all” the Saints, even the Old Testament Saints will be included in the new Jerusalem city because by faith Abraham lived as an alien in the land of promise looking to one day live in the city whose architect and builder is God (Hebrews 11:9-10).  The Bride, the new Jerusalem, is finally complete when the age of mortal man is complete (after 7,000 years) and the Heaven and earth are redeemed … then all the “redeemed” (resurrected believers in Jesus) will come down to the new redeemed earth (Revelation 21:1) in the new Jerusalem city to live with Jesus forever!  

The LORD is exalted, for He dwells on high; He has filled Zion with justice and righteousness. – Isaiah 33:5

In other words, Zion is the “throne of God” on earth When God thinks about real estate … location, location, location … He is thinking of Zion!  It is no wonder that this place is desired by so many nations and has been the most sought after and fought over piece of real estate on planet earth.   This is why nations play “king of the hill” for Mt Zion, so they will be seen sitting on the throne of god, ruling over the earth.


Go Rest High On That Mountain  by Vince Gill

for he (Abraham) was looking for the city which has foundations, whose architect and builder is God. – Hebrews 11:10  

But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels, – Hebrews 12:22

I know your life on earth was troubled

And only you could know the pain.
You weren’t afraid to face the devil,
You were no stranger to the rain.

Go rest high on that mountain
Son, your work on earth is done.
Go to heaven a-shoutin’
Love for the Father and the Son.

Oh, how we cried the day you left us
We gathered round your grave to grieve.
I wish I could see the angels faces
When they hear your sweet voice sing.

Go rest high on that mountain
Son, your work on earth is done.
Go to heaven a-shoutin’
Love for the Father and the Son.


Mt Eden

Ezekiel 28:13 

“You (Lucifer) were in Eden, the garden of God;
Every precious stone was your covering:
The ruby, the topaz and the diamond;
The beryl, the onyx and the jasper;
The lapis lazuli, the turquoise and the emerald;
And the gold, the workmanship of your settings and sockets (timbrels and pipes)
Was in you.
On the day that you were created
They were prepared.


     14 “You (Lucifer) were the anointed cherub who covers,
            And I placed you there (Garden of Eden).
            You were on the holy mountain of God (Zion);
            You walked in the midst of the stones of fire.


      15 “You were blameless in your ways
             From the day you were created
             Until unrighteousness was found in you (Satan).


*Note, I have added the names in parenthesis (click here for the reference)

Mt Zion is especially desired by Lucifer/Satan, who once “guarded over” the garden of Eden, on the holy mountain, as the anointed cherub until unrighteousness was found in him (Ezekiel 28:15).  There is little written about when Lucifer held this position of righteous on the holy mountain (Zion), dressed like a Jewish priest with an “ephod” breastplate of 9 precious stones but when Satan shows up in the garden of Eden he has already fallen in sin and he is no more covered in his royal appearance but he has the body of a serpent and a tongue speaking lies (Genesis 3:1). 

I am proposing that the garden of Eden was located on Mt Zion and the river that flowed from Eden and divided into four rivers originated on Mt Zion (Genesis 2:10).  Most people think the garden of Eden was in lower Mesopotamia, near ancient area of Ur or Sumeria because of the names of rivers in that area and because this is where the first civilization, after the flood, tried to build the tower of Babel under Nimrod (or Gilgamesh his Sumerian name).  This article from Creation.com https://creation.com/where-was-eden argues that the landscape of the earth was seriously marred after the flood and the garden of Eden that was located upon Mt Zion was unrecognizable after the flood.  

And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, having the glory of God. Her brilliance was like a very costly stone, as a stone of crystal-clear jasper. – Revelation 21:10-11

Then he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb, in the middle of its street. On either side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.  – Revelation 22:1-2

In Revelation you read about the “new garden of Eden“, coming down from Heaven, which is called the holy city, the new Jerusalem and is in the shape of a giant mountain that is 1380 miles high, wide and long!  The mountain city is beautifully adorned with jeweled foundation stones, pearly gates and streets of gold.  The new Jerusalem will reside where the old Jerusalem resided, upon Mt Zion on the new earth or it will be the new Mt Zion when it rests upon the new earth.  And from within the new Jerusalem city is the “throne of God and the Lamb” and the river of life will flow from the throne.  And on either side of the river is the “tree of life” which yields 12 different fruit, one each month (which indicates there is still an order of time and days throughout eternity).   

Now lets jump back to Genesis (or even prior to Genesis) and discuss when did Satan fall from righteousness and lead 1/3 of the Angles to fall with him (Revelation 12:3-4).  Some think Satan walked upon a “first” earth that God created in Genesis 1:1 and then God destroyed that earth because of Satan’s rebellions, which resulted in the formless and void earth described in Genesis 1:2.  This idea that there was a previously existing heaven and earth between Genesis 1:1 and 1:2 is called the “gap theory”.  I don’t think the gap theory is true and I tend to believe the Angels in the Spiritual realm didn’t have anything to fight among themselves about until they saw a woman on the newly created earth … the wife of Adam … “Eve”!

The Jewish priest wore a ephod breastplate of 12 stones, which represented the 12 sons of Jacob/Israel (Exodus 28:21).  The Jewish priest carried over their heart the names of the children of Jacob/Israel as they interceded in prayer and made sacrifices before God for the children of Israel.  Perhaps Lucifer’s originally position was to act like a priest, praying and interceding for man.  It’s unclear why Lucifer had a breastplate of 9 stones instead of 12 stones.  

First Order: Seraphim, Cherubim and Thrones

Second Order: Powers, Dominions, and Virtues

Third Order: Principalities, Archangels, and Angels

Some people have speculated that the jewel for Issachar is missing because Satan is not a burden bearer, Jesus is.  The jewel for Gad is missing because Satan future punishment is assured. Jesus is the victor that was crucified.  The jewel for Asher is missing because Satan will never produce royal seed … Jesus is King forever.  And since the jewels were embedded into Lucifer at his creation, this would mean that limitations were place into Lucifer before he fell.  But perhaps Lucifer’s stones don’t represent the tribes of Jacob but they represent 9 orders of “Heavenly beings” (Angels) that the anointed cherub “covered” before his fall (Ezekiel 28:14)?  

The KJV translation states that the body of Satan had pipes and tambourines (Ezekiel 28:13), like a musical instrument … so perhaps Lucifer lead the Heavenly Angels in praise to the Lord before he fell from this position. 

Note, we have liberty in Christ to discuss and disagree on topics that are not essential to the doctrine of Salvation which is by Grace through faith in Jesus Christ.  

I think the Spiritual realm of God (His throne room) and the Spiritual beings (the Angels) were created by God “prior” to the creation account of Genesis.  I think the Spiritual realm is the third Heaven that Paul was caught up (2 Corinthians 12:2).  I think the Spiritual beings enjoyed God (the Father, Son and Holy Spirit) for an unknown period of time in Heaven … since there was no time (rising and setting of the Sun) prior to the creation of the physical realm – time and space.  Moreover I think the creation account in Genesis 1:1 “the heavens and the earth” is talking about the first heaven (the sky – the atmosphere of earth) and the second heaven (the cosmos – outer space of planets and stars) but not the third Heaven (God’s Spiritual realm).   I think the Angels were in agreement with the God (the Father, Son and Holy Spirit) during the 6 days of creation when God announced that everything was “very good” (Genesis 1:31) … in fact they shouted for joy (Job 28:7)! 

Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?  …. When the morning stars sang together And all the sons of God shouted for joy? – Job 38:4-7

My understanding of Ezekiel 28:13 is that Lucifer at one time guarded over the garden of Eden and he walked in the midst of the stones of fire … which may represent the company of other Angels.  I think it’s possible that Lucifer’s origin duty was to watch over Adam and Eve on Mt Zion in the garden of Eden and train them in righteousness.  Perhaps Lucifer’s job was to warm them NOT to eat from the forbidden fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil but at some point Lucifer became jealous of the love and care that God poured out on these two weak and lowly creatures, especially in comparison to his splendor and capability.  It’s hard to know what caused God’s most intelligent, talented and beautify creature, Lucifer, to fall from his position of glory as the chief praise leader for God to assume the position of number one trouble maker and abomination toward God.

Note, I discuss more about the two trees in the garden of Eden, the Tree of Life and the Knowledge of Good and Evil under the heading of Trees in the Bible (below).

But ever since the fall of Lucifer’s, his name was changed from “Light Bearer” to Satan, “the prince of the power of the air” of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience – Ephesians 2:2.  Satan “masquerades” as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14) but he has no light of life, only deception that leads to death.  In fact Satan is a murderer and a liar (John 8:44).  Satan murders and lies in order to “rule” over Zion and be it’s king.  He pits nations against each other, to war against each other to be king of earth.  Satan desires to bring the rule of “peace and safety” to earth under a false gospel of “humanism”, a global New World Order and a global One World religion.  In a sense, Satan does rule in Zion when he rules in the hearts of people who believe the lie that man is good and they have not been “born again” in Christ Jesus.  But Satan’s days to rule over Zion are numbered. 

After Satan is cast out of Heaven (Revelation 12:9) and he commits the Abomination of Desolation in the temple in Jerusalem (Daniel 9:27, 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4), declaring himself to be god, at the mid-way point of the Tribulation, then he has only 3 1/2 years left before he is locked up for 1,000 years … only to be released for a short while and cause another brief rebellion on earth.  Finally Satan, the Fallen Angels and all those who did not want Jesus to rule over them (unbelievers) will be finally thrown into the Lake of Fire to suffer for their sin for all eternity (Revelation 20:1-3).  

And this is what SIN is … it’s a Self Indulgent Nature that we inherited from Adam and Eve, a condition of Spiritual separation from God where we think we know what is best for us and we rationalize and we justify our actions to our self, to others to prove we are good before God.  Even the rich young ruler who thought he kept the law perfectly was actually trusting in his ability and riches for his daily bread, not God (Matthew 19:16–30).  Jesus said to him, “If you wish to be complete, go and sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”  Jesus didn’t debate with the young ruler or expose the immoral thoughts and actions of the young ruler, as He did with the Pharisees but He made it a personal issue (follow Me) … which made the young ruler think about who he was really trusting and following. 

The Law reveals that we cannot follow God perfectly or love God perfectly … more specifically God did not create us to live a life apart from Him, trying to prove that we are worthy of our life.   Each person is born a sinner (Spiritually separated from God) like the rich young ruler, thinking we are rich and we can rule over our life deciding for our self what is good and evil.  But the Law testifies against us and condemns everyone except Jesus who lived a perfect life before God (Matthew 5:48).  It is our Self Indulgent Nature (SIN) that tries to justify our life before God but instead we need to believe in Jesus Christ and receive His life in us, and allow Jesus to reign and rule in our life and through our life. 

That is why Jesus Christ came and died for us … He paid the penalty for our sin … He told us to loose our sin life and receive His life (Matthew 10:39).   If we believe in Jesus Christ we acquire His righteousness before God (2 Corinthians 5:21) and we become redeemed and reconciled to God through Him … in Christ we have eternal life!  Yet, if a person remains in a state of Spiritual separation and rebellion toward God and then when he dies his sin debt remains upon his our own head and he will face the judgement of God (Hebrews 9:27), eternal suffering in the Lake of Fire!

Indeed, the LORD will comfort Zion; He will comfort all her waste places. And her wilderness He will make like Eden, And her desert like the garden of the LORD; Joy and gladness will be found in her, Thanksgiving and sound of a melody. – Isaiah 51:3

‘He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will grant to eat of the tree of life which is in the Paradise of God.’ – Revelation 2:7

And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, – Revelation 21:10 

Then he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb, in the middle of its street. On either side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations – Revelation 22:1-2

But for those who love God … the faithful Angels and the believers in Christ … they will live eternally with Christ in the new Heaven and earth.  God will restore the paradise lost with a new “Eden” and those who love God can drink freely from the “river of life” that flows from Mt Zion and eat freely from the “tree of life” that grows on both sides of the river!  Amen.


 Mt Babel

Mt Zion is God’s holy mountain which represents the place where God came down to earth (as a man), to redeem man from his own reasoning (sin) so that man can be Spiritually united with God and enter into Heaven.  Mt Babel is man’s counterfeit idea of a holy mountain, a way for man to reach up into Heaven by his own works and be accepted by God based on his own reasoning and works.  The tower of Babel was built in the land of Shinar (Genesis 11:2) but it’s not clear where it was located, other than it was “east” of where Noah’s ark landed on Mt Ararat (Genesis 8:4).  Most commentators agree that the tower of Babel was located in the region of Mesopotamia, either north or south of present day Babylon in Iraq (click here).  

The epic story of Gilgamesh, a Sumerian leader in Mesopotamia, fits the description of Nimrod, the architect of the “tower of Babel”, the builder of the first “ziggurat” (which means “to rise high”).  A ziggurat is a temple tower which resembles an Egyptian pyramid.  Note, I think all ziggurats and pyramids except the Great Pyramid of Giza were built to worship false gods of deception … Satan.  I have more information about the meaning of the Great Pyramid below in this article.  The point is all the false gods of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece and Rome like Baal, Bel, Zeus, Marduk, Isis, Osiris, Horus … etc have their origin in the story of Gilgamesh, which is a “counterfeit” story of the baby Jesus born to the virgin Mary conceived by the Holy Spirit.  In the counterfeit story of Gilgamesh, the Christ-like baby is Tammuz (the resurrected spirit of Nimrod) who is miraculously born to a woman, Semiramis (the widowed wife of Nimrod – Queen of Babylon) from the Heavenly seed of Nimrod, after Nimrod was killed (click here).

Nimrod is a type of Antichrist, because he inspired people to work together to make a mountain out of a mole hill … the tower of Babel.  The tower of Babel represents the gospel of humanism … if we just get together and get along we can build a utopia for man that doesn’t acknowledge our need for God and the fact that God is our creator and ruler of our life!  Our very breath is in His hands, yet in defiance of God many use their breath to profane the One sustaining them!  God blessed Noah and told him to multiple and fill the earth (Genesis 9:1), just as He had told Adam and Eve after He created them (Genesis 1:28).  Noah’s family was a new start for man to multiply and call upon the name of the Lord, after the seed of Adam had been corrupted by offspring with the fallen Angels (Genesis 6:1-3).  God destroyed those on the earth by a flood, except Noah’s family of eight (and two of each living creature that walked the earth), in order to preserve the bloodline of Adam and bring in the promised Messiah into the world (Genesis 3:16). 

God ruined the plan of Nimrod by confusing the language of men and scattering the 70 nations of Noah’s seed over the face of the earth (Genesis 10:1-32).  The creation of nations, tribes and tongues by God was a curse imposed upon man because he did not trust and obey God, to leave Babel and populate the earth.  But God also had a plan to redeem the nations and reverse the curse through Salvation in His Son, Jesus Christ.  At Pentecost, God reversed the curse of tongues and all the people in Jerusalem were able to hear the good news of the gospel in their native tongue from the mouth of 120 Jews as the Holy Spirit descended like tongues of fire on each of them (Acts 2:3).  God has not abandoned His plan to have man fill the earth and rule over it (Genesis 1:28) … this plan has only been delayed until after 7,000 years when God makes a new heaven and earth (Revelation 21:1) … and then those who have received Jesus as Lord and Savior will fulfill God’s plan to reign and rule with Christ over the earth. 

Then he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb, in the middle of its street. On either side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. – Revelation 22:1-2

Note, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Humanism) is no longer present in the New “Restored” Eden on the new “resurrected” earth (knowledge puffs up but love builds up), only the tree of life (Christ) is present and it stands on either side of the river of living water that flows from the throne of God.  The leaves of the tree are a reminder that the nations are now healed, there is no division or curse upon the people because they are united in Christ.   Perhaps the leaves of the trees are different colors like the different pigment colors of our skin?  It is likely that we will retain our racial identity in Heaven but we will not see it as a cause of division but of a cause of celebration for the diversity of our awesome creator God.  Also, for those who think that we do not count days on the New Earth, there are 12 different fruits that come forth from the tree of life, one each month!  This is the fruit of the month club you want to belong too.

Mt Salem

Hebrews 7: 1For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, who met Abraham as he was returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him, 2to whom also Abraham apportioned a tenth part of all the spoils, was first of all, by the translation of his name, king of righteousness, and then also king of Salem, which is king of peace. 3Without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of God, he remains a priest perpetually.

Mt Zion is also the location for the city of Salem before it was known as Jerusalem.  Salem means “peace” which is derived from “shalom” and “Jeru” is derived from Jireh which means “provide” … Jerusalem is there the place where God “provides peace with men” … “The City of Peace”.  Melchizedek, whose name means “king of righteousness,” was the priest/king of Salem and he blessed Abraham because God gave Abraham victory over 4 kings who had conquered 5 kings and captured his nephew Lot.   Abraham in return gave Melchizedek a tithe of the items gathered from the victory as a thank offering or peace offering.     

 1 Corinthians 11: 23For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus in the night in which He was betrayed took bread24and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “This is My body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” 25In the same way He took the cup also after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” 26For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.

Melchizedek was the pre-incarnate Jesus, a person of no earthly linage at that time (Hebrews 7:3).  Abraham recognized Melchizedek as a priest who was Spiritually superior to himself, and Melchizedek recognized Abraham as his friend and shared in communion of wine and bread with him (Genesis 14:18-20).  And this is the same thing we do today, when we share in communion of bread and wine, we recognize that Jesus Christ is our high priest in Heaven.  Jesus gave his body and blood to pay for our sin, He was buried and rose from the grave.  By belief in Jesus we have eternal life and fellowship with God and He is our eternal friend!

Zionism vs Zionist


Zionism is a national POLITICAL movement of the Jewish people that supports the re-establishment of a Jewish homeland in the territory defined as the historic Land of Israel. 


Zionism is good, to the extend that Christians recognize that it is “God’s will” to bring the Jews back into Israel to raise up a “remnant” of believers in the last days (Jews who will look upon the Messiah they pierced, Jesus).  Being Jewish by birth, or living in Israel or keeping the Sabbath or converting to the Jewish religion DOES NOT save a person from sin … only Jesus saves … you must be born again (John 3:3).


Zionism is bad, to the extend that it is a movement of Jews and Gentiles (the Bible calls them Jews from the synagogue of Satan) who want to rule over the world from Zion in defiance of God by the false Messiah who will conqueror the world by force and trickery … i.e. the Antichrist!


Those who desire to rule over the world from Zion (apart from Jesus Christ) are “Zionist“, a cult of Satanic led organizations (Freemasons, Jesuits, Knights of Malta, Illuminate, CIA, FBI, MOSSAD, Rothschild, Rockefeller, Federal Reserve, Trilateral Commission … it’s a big list) that operate in the world “OPENLY” to control the world affairs (by money, power and sex) by keeping people fighting with one another, high on the “hopium” of this world, a belief in some movement or leader who will make everything WONDERFUL in this world.  This FALSE HOPE or “hopium of DECEPTION” will be ultimately be fulfilled in the person of the Antichrist!


The signs are evident that we are living in the last days when the Church is being compromised by apostasy and it’s Godly influence is diminishing in the world … at the same time the Jews are being “built up” and their influence is increasing in the world.  God has a plan for the Church, His Bride, to be removed by the “Rapture” and then the seven year Tribulation will begin which is the time of Jacob’s trouble.  The Jews at this time are preparing a temple to welcome the Antichrist Messiah who will declare himself to be god at the midway point of the Tribulation.  God’s wrath will be poured out upon the earth for the last 3 1/2 years of the Tribulation period, while the remnant of Jewish believers are supernaturally hid in the wilderness. 


At the end of the Tribulation period, Jesus will return to earth with His resurrected “Bride” and resurrected Tribulation Saints and set up His Millennium Kingdom.  When Jesus returns the remnant of Jews will look upon Jesus who they pierced and receive Him as the true Messiah and the OT Saints will be resurrected on earth to attend the marriage supper.  Then a magnificent temple will be built in Jerusalem and Jesus and His resurrected Saints will rule and reign with Christ from MT Zion for 1,000 years over the “sheep” people who survived the Tribulation.

God signature letter “Shin” – outlined on Mt Zion!

It is amazing to look at the Zion mountain valleys in Jerusalem that trace God’s signature letter “shin” and realize this is the place where the ultimate sacrifice for the sin of man was made by Jesus Christ.  As you can see from the picture, there are also three primary mountains that are part of the city of Jerusalem, Mt Zion to the west, Mt Moriah in the middle (where the temple will be located when the Dome of the Rock is destroyed by God) and the Mt of Olives to the east.  The “walled” city of Jerusalem and the temple mount is built upon the middle mountain of Mt Moriah but these three mountains are referred to as the Zion mountains, similar to the way the Appalachian mountains consist of several mountain ranges that stretch from Georgia to Maine (click here).

Mt Calvary

The highest point of Mt Moriah is Golgotha, or Mt Calvary, where Jesus was crucified.  There is some controversy concerning the location of Golgotha … as you can see in this picture Golgotha is depicted as being “inside” the Jerusalem city wall, to the west of the temple area but it the location for Golgotha is most likely “Gordon’s Calvary” which is depicted “outside” the city wall, north of the temple,  fulfilling scripture (Hebrews 13:12).  Golgotha mean “place of the skull”, so named at that time because the Romans had excavated this area of the mountain and exposed the sheer face of the mountain, using the dirt to level the area for their Fort Antonia.  The Romans then used this elevated area of Mt Calvary like a stage so everyone would see the crucifixions from the city below and be terrified of rebelling against their rule.  

Numbers 19:  1 Then the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying, 2 “This is the statute of the law which the LORD has commanded, saying, ‘Speak to the sons of Israel that they bring you an unblemished red heifer in which is no defect and on which a yoke has never been placed. 3‘ You shall give it to Eleazar the priest, and it shall be brought outside the camp and be slaughtered in his presence.

Jesus was crucified “outside” the gate of the city, on this hill, to fulfill the type of the Red Heifer that was sacrificed outside the camp (Numbers 19:3-9), taking our place for the death we are due because of our sin nature which is selfish, legalistic and rebellious toward God.  Repentance toward sin is the “first thing” a person needs and the last thing a person wants. Repentance and Faith which grant a person Salvation are “all” a gift of grace from God (Ephesians 2:8-9) but the person “must be willing” to have Jesus be the Lord of their life (“to believe”) in order “to receive” these gifts and become a born again in Jesus Christ (Matthew 23:37).

Hebrews 13: 11 For the bodies of those animals whose blood is brought into the holy place by the high priest as an offering for sin, are burned outside the camp. 12 Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people through His own blood, suffered outside the gate. 13 So, let us go out to Him outside the camp, bearing His reproach. 14For here we do not have a lasting city, but we are seeking the city which is to come.

And while the Red Heifer burned … cedar wood and hyssop and scarlet material were cast it into the midst of the burning heifer (Numbers 19:3-9). Then the ashes of this burnt offering were used to make purifying water for the congregation of the sons of Israel, who shall keep it as water to remove impurity; it is purification from sin.  Isn’t it an interesting fact that there were 6 containers that held the purifying water at the Cana wedding and Jesus changed this water into wine (John 2:1-11)!  Jesus is saying, I am the purifying water.  I can change the sorrow of your sin into joy, if you will marry Me and cling to Me alone.  I also think the 6 containers speak of the number of man (created on the sixth day) and the 6,000 years for sinful man to rule.  I also see that this wedding occurs at the beginning of Jesus’ ministry with his disciples gathered with Him, which reminds me of the Rapture of the Church to a wedding in Heaven at the start of the Tribulation.  After the Tribulation, the Jews will recognize Jesus as their Messiah Groom and there will be a marriage of the Lamb on earth (Revelation 19:7) and a Millennium honeymoon. 

Mt Moriah


Genesis 22: 1 Now it came about after these things, that God tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” 2 He said, “Take now your son, your only son, whom you love, Isaac, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I will tell you.” 3 So Abraham rose early in the morning and saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him and Isaac his son; and he split wood for the burnt offering, and arose and went to the place of which God had told him. 4 On the third day Abraham raised his eyes and saw the place from a distance. 5 Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey, and I and the lad will go over there; and we will worship and return to you.” 6 Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son, and he took in his hand the fire and the knife. So the two of them walked on together.7 Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, “My father!” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” And he said, “Behold, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?” 8 Abraham said, “God will provide for Himself the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” So the two of them walked on together.

From the above passage we see that after “three days journey” Abraham and Issac and the “two young men who accompanied them” stopped when they reached Mt Moriah.  I think the three days are reference to the three days that Jesus was in the grave before He rose from the dead (Matthew 16:21)!  After the four stopped, just the two of them (the Father and the Son) went up up to the highest point to make the sacrifice.  I think the scripture is saying that all four of them stopped at the Temple Mount of Mt Moriah and and only the Father and Son when to the highest point, or Mt Golgotha to make the sacrifice.  The two other young men who waited behind represent “two witnesses”, like Moses and Elijah who were seen transfigured in glory with Jesus Christ (Matthew 17:2) and whose bodies will lay in the street of Jerusalem for 3 1/3 days and then rise in a resurrection/rapture at the mid-way point of the Tribulation (Revelation 11:7-13).

Issac carried the wood for the sacrifice, as a type of Jesus Christ who would later come and carry the cross to Calvary.  Of course, Issac, Abraham’s only begotten son, was not sacrificed but God provided the animal sacrifice just like Abraham said, “God will provide for Himself the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” So the two of them walked on together” – Genesis 22:8).  In this story, Issac represent a type of Christ, and Jesus, the only begotten son of God, who did sacrifice His life for the sin of man on Golgotha in 32 or 33 AD, the perfect lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29).

And Jesus did carry the wood for the sacrifice up the hill but He also had help from Simon (the father of Alexander and Rufus) from Cyrene, which is situated in modern-day Libya, on the northern coast of the African (Mark 15:21).  Simon was a Jew and may have also been a black man.  He was probably also a strong man who was up to the task of carrying the cross.  Simon didn’t even know Jesus since he had just arrived into Jerusalem for the Passover festival, yet his name means “he has heard”.  Though Simon was ordered to carry the cross by the Romans, later we see in scripture that he and his household became believers (Romans 16:13-14). 

It is a bit of a mystery why God had Simon carry the cross but the Cross represents the ALTAR of sacrifice where we are to KEEP our Self Indulgent Nature (SIN). 

Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. – Matthew 16:24“.  Some commentaries say that Jesus didn’t carry His cross because He had NO SIN of His own to carry … Also Simon became a LIVING example of Matthew 16:24, carrying the cross of his SIN and literally following Jesus to Calvary.  Following Jesus involves BOTH KEEPING the old SIN nature on the cross and being led by the Holy Spirit!

It is not God’s will for our life that we should suffer and die on a cross to pay for our sins and it is not Gods’ will that we should try to do good works to pay for our sins but it is God’s will that we “believe” in Jesus as our Justification for SIN … we are BORN AGAIN by the Holy Spirit birth … and then as a BORN AGAIN believer we continually “identify” with Jesus and Share His Life in us and though us. 

When we deny our self, our Self Indulgent Nature (SIN), and do the will of God for our life then we identify with Christ, we suffer with Christ as we seek to do the right thing, even as we endure the shame and persecution of the world.  In other worlds, our cross represents God’s will for our life and we “carry our cross” when we “trust and obey” God’s will for our life.  The Cross is really where the JOY of the Christian life is FOUND … From the Beginning of our JOURNEY at Salvation until we are with Jesus in GLORY, it is the WORK of Christ in us that gives us Peace, Rest and JOY (Jesus Only Y’all). 

being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ; – Phil 1:6

Of course we must first be “born again” to have the Holy Spirit in us … then we can fellowship with God and know His will for our life … and then we can carry our cross or KEEP our sin nature on the CROSS.  As my pastor says, nothing is more difficult than trying to KEEP a LIVING sacrifice on the ALTAR of God.  This is the Die 2 Live theme of this web site.  “In Christ” we live a “shared life” with Jesus …  Jesus shares in our suffering as we strive to live righteously in this wicked world and we share in Christ’s suffering as we stand up for the righteousness of Christ.  In reality it is Jesus who is carrying the believer up the mountain (by Grace through faith) …  NOT to Calvary but Jesus is carrying His Bride up Mt Zion to the New Jerusalem, our eternal home!

Philippians 3:7But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ. 8More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ, 9and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith, 10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death; 11 in order that I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.

The Temple Mount

The Dome of the Rock is an Islamic shrine located on the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem.  It was initially completed in 691–92 CE at the order of Umayyad Caliph Abd al-Malik during the Second Fitna on the site of the Second Jewish Temple, destroyed during the Roman Siege of Jerusalem in 70 AD.  The Dome of the Rock is an abomination toward the God of the Bible who clearly brought the promise of His redemption through His only begotten son Jesus, from the linage of Abraham through the son of promise “Issac” from his wife Sarah (the Jews), not from the first son Ishmael, born from Hagar (the Arabs – Muslims).   The religion of Islam, their prophet Muhammad and their god Allah are all demonic counterfeits of the one true God of Israel and His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ.

Note, the Second Jewish temple that was destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD had been significantly upgraded and expanded by the half-Jewish, half-Edumean Herod, the Roman-appointed king of Judea in 20 BC.  The disciples of Jesus pointed out the temple’s size and beauty but Jesus knew it would be destroyed because of their rejection of Him (Matthew 24:2).  The First Jewish temple was build in the 10th century BC by King Solomon (1 Kings 5-9).  It was destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar, the Babylonian king in 586, when most of the Jews where taken captive to Babylon.  After the fall of Babylon, the Persian emperor Cyrus the Great allowed the Jews to return to the Land of Israel, beginning in 538 BC and a rebuilt temple, the Second temple, was dedicated in 515 BC (I’m not sure about the accuracy of these dates).

Note, in this picture of Solomon’s temple the poles of the Ark of the Covenant in the Holy of Holies are like nostrils, where God smells the sweet smelling offering from the golden altar of incense in the Holy Place (click here for more info).  In Heaven, the golden altar represents the prayers of the Saints (Revelation 8:3-4), which are a sweet smelling offering to God.  

Today, the Jews are anxious to build a Third temple, which they think will usher in the Messiah but this temple will be a place of desecration by the Antichrist at the mid-way point of Tribulation (Daniel 9:27).  The Antichrist will declare himself to be god in the temple which is the Abomination of Desolation (Matthew 24:15).  This is similar to what Antiochus (the Greek successor of Alexander the Great) did in 168 BC when he sacrificed a pig on the altar at the temple, inciting the Maccabean Revolt. 

Actually NO temple should be built on the temple mount until “after” Jesus returns and sets up His Millennium Kingdom.  During the Millennium Kingdom there will be a beautiful temple built on Mt Zion (Ezekiel 40:1 – 48:35) and the nations will come to offer an animal sacrifice there as a remembrance of sin and to worship of the Lord Jesus who takes away the sin of the world (Isaiah 56:7, Zechariah 14:16).   Until Jesus returns to earth, believers are to remember Him by sharing in a communion of bread and wine, which represents His body and blood that paid for our sin (1 Corinthians 11:23-26). 

Jesus referred to His body as the temple of God that would be destroyed and raised up in 3 days! (John 2:19) and Paul said believer’s body are a temple where the Holy Spirit dwells  (1 Corinthians 6:19).

Where is Temple mount really located?  Where is the threshing floor that David bought and the place where Solomon built the first temple?  There is increasing evidence that the Dome of the Rock does NOT sit upon the Temple mount but the real location is between the City of David and the Western wall.   

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According to Bob Cornuke the current location of the Dome of the Rock is NOT the location of the Temple mount where Solomon’s temple was built.  There is very good evidence that the temple mount that Solomon’s temple and Herod’s temple stood upon is “south” of the current Dome of the Rock, in the northern part of the city of David.  Furthermore, it is likely that the “Western Wall” is not part of the wall that enclosed the the Herod’s temple area but it is a wall that was part of the Roman “Fort Antonia” that was used during Jesus’ time.  According to Josephus the historian of 70 AD, the temple and the stone walls were torn down.  This fulfills what Jesus said,  “Do you not see all these things? Truly I say to you, not one stone here will be left upon another, which will not be torn down” – Matthew 24:2.

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On the other hand, Derek Walker rebukes alternate Temple locations theories and says the Dome of the Rock is the place where Solomon’s temple and Herod’s temple was located and it will be the place where the third temple of the Tribulation period is built.  He said the Roman fort would have been located north-west of the Temple mount, not on the temple mount.  Also check out this article by the Oxford Bible Church supporting the fact that the Dome of the Rock sits over the Holy of Holies (click here).

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Anyone looking for serious, factual archaeology and history on where the Temples stood, would do well starting with Dr. Leen Ritmeyer’s book, The Quest: Revealing the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Among the rich illustrations and archaeological facts, the book also lists many old and outdated theories of where the Temple stood.

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Spock and the Vulcan Greeting has Jewish roots:

In his autobiography I Am Not Spock, Lenard Nimoy who is of Jewish decent wrote that he based the Vulcan greeting in Startrek on the Priestly Blessing performed by Jewish Kohanim with both hands, thumb to thumb in this same position, representing the Hebrew letter Shin (ש), which has three upward strokes similar to the position of the thumb and fingers in the gesture. The letter Shin here stands for El Shaddai, meaning “Almighty (God)”, as well as for Shekinah and Shalom. Nimoy wrote that when he was a child, his grandfather took him to an Orthodox synagogue, where he saw the blessing performed and was impressed by it.  Note, this information is provided from the Wikipedia entry https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vulcan_salute.

The Mount of Olives

We have looked at Mt Zion, Mt Moriah, Mt Calvary and Mt Eden which is the mountain of God’s glory but to the east of this location is the location of God’s groaning.  If you want to experience the glory and wonder of God go to the temple mount at Mt Zion but if you to know the heart of God go to the Mount of Olives.  If you want to know God’s power and share in His suffering go to the garden of Gethsemane on the Mount of Olives and pray.  The name Gethsemane means “oil press” and this is where Jesus was pressed upon to do the Father’s will.  It’s also the place where Jesus gave His greatest revelation of the Father for us through the “The Sermon on the Mount – The Beatitudes – Thy Will be Done” and “The Olivet Discourse – Thy Kingdom Come”.

The Mount of Olives was the favorite place of Jesus … second only to the house of Mary, Martha and Lazarus in Bethany, which was also located on the Mount of Olives.  It’s the place where Jesus renewed His strength with God in the garden of Gethsemane as He prayed alone in the evening and something through the night.  The Mount of Olives is located to the east of Mt Zion, just outside the city gates of Jerusalem, separated by the Kidron Valley but just a few hundred yards outside the city.  The Mount of Olives is part of the Zion mountain range in the heart of Israel.  In Jesus time it was the place of many olive trees and the olive oil press was located in the garden of Gethsemane, at the base of the Mount of Olives. 

Note, at the overlook area on the top of the Mount of Olives (the overlook area is shown in the picture above) on Sept 26, 2019 a lamb was sacrificed and burned on an altar by a person who represented a “Gentile” from a 70 Nation Organization who have agreed to follow the 7 laws of Noah or the Noahide law.   The Jewish Sanhedrin are trying to replace the United Nations (UN) which is hostile to Israel with a 70 nation organization that operates under the covenant of 7 Noahide laws and will be friendly to Israel so that the Nations will receive a blessings from God and if possible advert the Gog/Magog war (click here).   The Jewish nation is growing in strength and importance in the world, and many orthodox Jews are showing an interest that the Nations need to recognize the God of Israel … yet the Jews are not talking about the real Messiah Jesus but they are looking for a false Messiah, the Antichrist, who will deceive the world and bring judgement upon it for 7 years! 

Jesus wants us to be joined to Him in prayer for His Kingdom to Come and His Will to be Done on earth as it is in Heaven.  Our real life is NOT defined by what we have on earth or what we do on earth but what we have committed to God and agreed with God in prayer concerning His will for our life … our real life is hid in Christ (Colossians 3:3).   Jesus told us to take up His yoke because His yoke is easy and His burden is light (Matthew 11:29). 

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. – Proverbs 3:5-6

Jesus wants to carry our burdens and give us rest but He can’t do this if we insist on carrying our burdens and trying to deal with them our way, instead of trusting His way (Proverbs 3:5-6).  Jesus doesn’t want us to remain under the condemnation of sin or under the anxiety of wondering if we will have enough food, clothing and shelter.  Jesus provides for our needs and He carries our burdens.  This doesn’t mean that we don’t suffer and feel the pressures of this word but it means Jesus suffers with us and comforts us in our suffering. 

Jesus is interceding in prayer for us pleading with us to abide in His Grace and His rest as we endure the trails upon this earth.  We groan on this earth because Jesus is groaning in Heaven (Romans 8:26).  Jesus desires for everyone to be saved from sin and be free from the power of sin in their life.  Jesus desires that everyone will know Him and everyone will know the joy of the life He has planned for them.  Jesus longs for God’s Kingdom to come to earth so His will will be done on earth as it is in Heaven (Matthew 6:10).  All of creation groans for redemption from sin (Romans 8:22) and Jesus longs for the groaning to cease and for those who are slaves to sin to turn to Him.  And those who do come to Him will have their tears of pain turned into shouts of joy when they have their redeemed body that is free from sin and death … an eternal life with Jesus that we can only imagine!   

So when He said to them, “I am He,” they drew back and fell to the ground. – John 18:6

Jesus sweated blood in the garden of Gethsemane on the Mount of Olives …  this is a rare condition when under extreme duress (Luke 22:44).  The victory over sin was won in the garden when Jesus agreed to drink the cup of wrath from God for our sin (past, present and future).  For those who put their faith in Him there is no condemnation from God (Romans 8:1).  Jesus was betrayed in the garden by one of his disciples, Judas, with a kiss.  And a cohort of Roman soldiers, between 300 to 600 came to arrest Him.  Yet when Jesus claimed to be the great “I Am” these mighty soldier suddenly fell down on the backside, helplessly looking up at Him as though they had been conquered (John 18:6)!  Obviously, it was Jesus who prepared Himself for His sacrificial death and He gave Himself over willing for this purpose. 

Empty tomb with three crosses on a hill side.

Jesus’ body was placed in a garden tomb, not on the Mount of Olives but outside the city, near Golgotha (John 19:41).  The tomb belonged to Joseph of Arimathea, Joseph and Nicodemus were members of the Sanhedrin, who were secretly followers of Jesus.  Jesus rose from the dead from this garden tomb, assuring us we too can have victory over death!  It is in the quiet garden where we discover God’s will for our life, bury our own will and are resurrected in glory with Jesus! 

Mountains in the Bible

Hebrews 12: 18 For you have not come to a mountain (Mt Sinai) that can be touched and to a blazing fire, and to darkness and gloom and whirlwind, 19 and to the blast of a trumpet and the sound of words which sound was such that those who heard begged that no further word be spoken to them. 20 For they could not bear the command, “IF EVEN A BEAST TOUCHES THE MOUNTAINIT WILL BE STONED.” 21 And so terrible was the sight, that Moses said, “I AM FULL OF FEAR and trembling.” 22 But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels, 23 to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the Judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, 24 and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood, which speaks better than the blood of Abel.

Mountains represent Spiritual governments on earth.  In Hebrews chapter 12, Mt Zion is compared to Mt Sinai where Mt Zion is the mountain of Grace that brings forgiveness of sin, blessing and eternal life while Mt Sinai is the mountain of the Law that bring condemnation of sin, fear and death.  There are also two other interesting mountain “Mt Hermon” to the north of Mt Zion and “Mt Nebo” to the east of Mt Zion.  I think it’s provocative that these four mountains form a “Cross” along the Jordan River.

Psalm 68:15 A mountain of God is the mountain of Bashan; A mountain of many peaks is the mountain of Bashan.  16 Why do you fume with envy, you mountains of many peaks? This is the mountain which God desires to dwell in; Yes, the Lord will dwell in it forever.

In the passage above (Psalm 68:15-16) the mountains of Bashan (Mt Hermon) taunt Mt Zion because they are higher in elevation that Mt Zion, yet Mt Zion is where God dwells.  The “mountains of Basha” are Mt Hermon, in the Golan heights which is in present day Lebanon and Syria.  Mt Hermon is the place of the Canaanite worship to the god Baal because to the pagan the higher the elevation the closer it was to reaching Heaven. 

The grander mountains of Bashan, not Hermon only, but the rugged basaltic mountains which rise in precipitous peaks, suggesting ideas of majesty, antiquity, impregnability, are represented as looking enviously upon the insignificant mountain of Zion which God has chosen for His earthly dwelling-place. Sinai had been his temporary abode (Exodus 24:16); on Zion He will dwell for ever. Cp. 1 Kings 8:12-13. The choice of Zion is a parable of the method of God’s dealings with men. Cp. 1 Corinthians 1:26-29.  (Commentaries from BibleHub —> https://biblehub.com/commentaries/psalms/68-16.htm)

This is similar to the mindset of Nimrod and those who built the tower of Babel, they were trying to make a mountain in order to reach God in Heaven by their works.    

After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven, and the first voice which I had heard, like the sound of a trumpet speaking with me, said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after these things.” – Revelation 4:1

Man in his sinful nature tries to “reach up” to Heaven or build a way to Heaven in order to prove himself acceptable to God but it is God who is reaching down to earth by Grace through His Son, Jesus, in order to redeem man so he can be “lifted up” into Heaven.  And by Revelation from Jesus, John the apostle was taken into the throne room of God though a open door into Heaven, where he heard a voice that sounded like a trumpet … “Come Up Here” (Revelation 4:1).  Note, the similarities of this account where John is “caught up” to Heaven before describing the events of the Tribulation and the account of Paul concerning what will occur at the pre-Tribulation Rapture of the Church (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17)!   

Another picture of a doorway to Heaven was seen by Jacob in a dream at Luz, which he renamed to Bethel, the house of God (Genesis 28:10-17).  Jacob was on his way from Beersheba headed north toward Haran where his uncle Laban (the brother of Rebekah his mother) lived to take for himself a wife.  In his dream Jacob saw angels going up and down a staircase that reached from Heaven to earth, with the Lord (pre-incarnate Jesus) at the top of the ladder.  The Lord spoke to Jacob and confirmed the promise He made to Abraham and Issac, that his descendants would one day be in the land where he was resting, numerous like the dust of the earth spread out in all directions and though his descendants would all the families of the earth be blessed.   Most commentators believe Bethel is north of Jerusalem but some think Bethel is Mt Moriah, the place of the temple mount, the city of God, the gateway to Heaven!  When Jacob returns to Bethel, God blesses him and changes his name from “deceiver” to Israel (Genesis 35:10) “because you have struggled with God and with men, and you have prevailed.” (Genesis 32:28).  Jacob did not win the wrestling match with God by his strength but he because He clung to God for His blessing … the promise of his inheritance … this was Jacob’s victory clinging to God’s promise (Genesis 32:26)

And He said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see the heavens opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.” – John 1:51.

And what does Jacob’s dream mean and why does Jesus tell his disciples that they will see this dream of Jacob’s come to fruition?  I noticed that there is a subtle difference between Jacob’s dream and Jesus promise.  Jacob sees Jesus in Heaven at the top of the staircase but Jesus tells his disciples that He is the Son of Man who has come to earth at the bottom of the staircase … and the Angels are now ascending to Heaven and descending from Heaven upon Him on earth.  The “House of God” from Heaven was on earth in the person of Jesus Christ!  The promise of the blessing to Jacob that all the families of the earth would be blessed was fulfilled in Jesus who was standing before them!

John 10: 7 So Jesus said to them again, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. 8“ All who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. 9 “I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. 10 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.

Jesus is the door to Heaven (John 10:9) and the good angels come to earth and minister to man under the direction from Jesus for the purpose of bringing Salvation to men (Hebrews 1:14).  Jesus also knocks on the door of a person’s heart offering them eternal life (Revelation 3:20).  And Jesus will open the door of Heaven to “rapture” His Bride, the Church to Heaven before the Tribulation period (Revelation 4:1). 

It is my opinion that the promise that Jesus made in John 1:51 was not fulfilled at His first coming but will be fulfilled at His Second Coming, when Jesus reigns and rules upon the earth for 1,000 years.  At this time angels will come and go from heaven to earth from Mt Zion where Jesus reigns and it’s a good possibility that the Saints that reign and rule with Christ in their resurrected body can come and go from earth to Heaven too!  

Note, some commentators think that Mt Hermon, the mountain to the north, was the location where Jesus was transfigured along with Moses and Elijah (Matthew 17:1–8) but some commentator believe Jesus was transfigured at Mt Nebo, the mountain to the east.  Note, Mt Nebo is probably where Elijah was taken to Heaven by the chariots of fire because this location is near Jericho, east of the Jordan (2 Kings 2:7-14) and Mt Nebo is the location where Moses was taken to Heaven by God since it is said that God Himself buried Moses and no man knows his burial place (Deuteronomy 34:5-7). 

Mt Hermon, the the north, was the home of the 5 nations that Israel did not conquer that were left to test Israel (Judges 3:3).  This is the land where the giant Goliath lived along with his four Nephilim relatives (2 Samuel 21:22) who were probably related to Og the king of Bashan (Deuteronomy 3:11).  Mt Hermon is said to be the place where the “watchers”, fallen Angels gathered during the pre-flood period.  I think Mt Hermon could represent the home turf of the Antichrist in fulfillment of the Assyrian king who conquers Jerusalem (Isaiah 10:50-6).  God uses the high peaks of Mt Hermon to teach a lesson that it’s not great appearance that please God but great character.  Remember when Israel wanted a King, it was not Saul who was tall in statue that God’s blessings of leadership rested upon but David, a youth, who was a man after God’s own heart (1 Samuel 13:14).

To the east of Mt Zion is “Mt Nebo”, the place where Moses saw the promise land of Canaan but he wan’t allowed to enter into it.  Moses was not allowed into the promise land because he struck the “Rock” when he should have only spoken to it (Deuteronomy 32:51).  Remember Moses was told to strike the rock, the first time, at Horeb which is Mt Sinai, the southern mountain of God (Exodus 17:6).  Jesus is the “Rock” of our Salvation and He was struck for our sins at the cross.  When Moses struck the Rock on a second occasion this is like crucifying Jesus over and over again on the cross, not believing that His finished paid for yous sins (past, present and future) … “It is Finished”! 

After you have been “born again”, don’t strike Jesus with words of repentance as if He needs to save you again from you sin and don’t do good works fearing that you can loose your Salvation but walk daily with Jesus, trusting His Grace for the good works He wants to do in you and through you (Philippians 1:6) and confess your sins to keep your conscience cleansed in fellowship with Jesus (1 John 1:9).  A believer is to do the good works that God has prepared from Him (Ephesians 2:8-9), from a position of rest in Jesus because he has “entered” into God’s rest by belief in Jesus (Hebrews 4:10).

And He (the Lord) buried him (Moses) in the valley in the land of Moab, opposite Beth-peor; but no man knows his burial place to this day.  Although Moses was one hundred and twenty years old when he died, his eye was not dim, nor his vigor abated. – Deuteronomy 34:6-7

Moses is said to have died on Mt Nebo when he was 120 years old but he still had the vigor of life which is contradictory to a person’s condition before death.  And it was the Lord who buried Moses in a place that no man knows about (Deuteronomy 34:5-7).  So did Moses die on earth or did God take Moses to Heaven as He did Elijah?  Why was there a dispute between the archangel Michael and Satan concerning the body of Moses (Jude 1:9)?  Maybe Satan was looking for bones that aren’t buried on the earth?  Many believe the two witnesses that preach in Jerusalem for the first 3 1/2 years of the Tribulation are Moses and Elijah and these two witnesses will be Raptured/Resurrected at the mid-way point of the Tribulation (Revelation 11:1-13) from Jerusalem. 

So he arose and ate and drank, and went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights to Horeb, the mountain of God. – 1 Kings 19:8

Here’s an interesting fact, did you know that after Elijah killed 450 prophets of Baal, he fled from the broom tree in Beer-sheba, south of Jerusalem,  to Horeb or Mt Sinai in the southern area in Arabia?   Mt Horeb/Mt Sinai is the mountain where God gave the Law to Moses.  The distance Elijah traveled was about 260 miles … it probably didn’t take him 40 days to get to Mt Horeb but he was sustained for 40 days and 40 nights.  Note  “quarantine” originates from quarantena, the Venetian language form, meaning “forty days”.   A period of 40 days is a time of isolation and a time of testing and a time for revealing and beginning new things in God.  After 40 days, Elijah has an encounter with God at Mt Horeb and he is told to go anoint a new King for a Aram and anoint a king for Israel and call the prophet Elisha to take his place.  According to this web site (click here), it is 23 years later, at the end of a 7 year drought, that Elijah and Elisha leave Israel and cross the Jordan leaving “50” prophets waiting on the other side.  Elisha does witness Elijah being “raptured” to Heaven in a chariot of fire and he receives a double blessing of the Spirit of God upon him as he picks up Elijah’s “mantel” (cloak) and crosses back over the Jordan to Israel. 

There are many things that are a mystery to us but there are also many things that are being revealed to us as we approach the end times, just as Daniel said.

 “But as for you, Daniel, conceal these words and seal up the book until the end of time; many will go back and forth, and knowledge will increase.” – Daniel 12:4

The Heavenly New Jerusalem City

Genesis 17:7-8 I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your descendants after you. I will give to you and to your descendants after you, the land of your sojournings, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.”

Isaiah 62:4 Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate: but thou shalt be called Hephzibah, and thy land Beulah: for the LORD delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married.

Revelation 21:Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea. 2And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband.

    Psalm 121: 1I will lift up my eyes to the mountains;
            From where shall my help come?

         2My help comes from the LORD,
            Who made heaven and earth.

Isaiah 2:2 In the last days the mountain of the LORD’s temple will be established as the highest of the mountains; it will be exalted above the hills, and all nations will stream to it.

After the 7 years Tribulation period, there will be 1,000 year Millennium Kingdom where Jesus will rule with a rod of iron from Mt Zion.  This will complete the 7,000 years of man’s mortal existence and the “eternal”  government of God will be established from the Beautiful city, Jerusalem, which sits upon Mt Zion.  Jerusalem is the everlasting capital of the everlasting land that is given to believers for an everlasting covenant.  And when the new Heaven and new earth are restored by God, the New Jerusalem that comes down from Heaven to earth, as a bride adorned for her husband, Jesus (Revelation 21:2). 
Though the measurements of the New Jerusalem are given as a cube 2500 miles in width, length and height, it is likely that the shape will be like that of a mountain or even a pyramid.  By the way, I think the Great Giza pyramid was designed by God as a witness in stone for all generations, with the passageways declaring the Dispensations of His Grace .

Also some say that Jerusalem is the city of 7 hills (Revelation 17:9) where the woman (the false prophet) rides the beast kingdom (of the Antichrist) for the first 3 1/2 years until the woman is overthrown by the Antichrist (Revelation 17:16).  http://www.biblestudy.org/maps/map-of-jerusalem-and-its-seven-hills.htm

Here a study of how God used three mountains (Mount Ararat, Mount Sinai and Mount Zion) to reveal three Dispensations Ages (Patriarch believers, Jewish believers and Church believers) and to teach the three timeless principles of  (Salvation, Sacrifice and Promise).  



Jesus told us to take up our cross and follow Him

Our cross is the will of God for our life, just as the sin of man was the cross and will of God for Jesus to carry.  We do not carry our sin but we are to walk with Jesus and allow Him to carry our sin and sanctify our life, to make it holy.  God has prepared good works for us to do in the name of Jesus.  We are to deny our old sin nature and follow Jesus in the Holy Spirit of our new born again nature in order to do the works that God has prepared for us.  This is the “Die2Live” life that Jesus has called us to walk in until we are free from the presence of sin in, with Him in our resurrected body!.

Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. – Matthew 16:24

Have I have written a song about our walk with Jesus up Mt Calvary, which is leading us to the future city of God.

1. Up the hill to Calvary with Jesus and the cross

He carries things that weigh me down and only bring me loss

He reaches down to pull me up each step along the way

And burns up all my burdens in His all consuming flame



Up the hill to Calvary, my Jesus carries me

Up the mountain, to my home in that city made of gold


2.  I see so many weary as we press along and climb

Your way Lord it is easy but the storms blow all the time

As I journey through this life as did the prophets old

I set my eyes upon You and that city made of gold 


3. For that altar on that hill David paid a price

And Solomon build a temple there and gave a sacrifice

Abraham and Issac climbed, the Father and the Son

And offered there a sacrifice “God, Thy will be Done”



Climb, Lord, climb Praise God, You are mine

On my way back home to that city made of gold


Trees in the Bible

Trees in the Bible represent a Spiritual person or a Spiritual people group.  The “Tree of Life” represents the person of Jesus Christ who gives life, both physical and eternal.  The Tree of Life represents Spiritual “revelation” from God to man that brings reconciliation between God and man, which brings life.  On the other hand the “Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil” represents man’s reasoning, apart from a relationship with God, which brings death.  It is not knowledge that brings death, but knowledge that is pursued for the purpose of glorifying self, outside the will of God that brings death.  Knowledge that is pursued to know God, to serve God and make God known is “wisdom” … this gives God the glory and rewards the believer.  However, knowledge that is pursued to “enlighten” men to do something without God for their own glory is “humanist” … it’s building of a New World Order of the Antichrist spirit in rebellion to God.

Jesus is also identified as “the grape vine” and believers in Jesus are the branches of the true vine who are meant to bear the fruit of repentance and good works in Jesus Christ (John 15:5).  The believing Jews are the original branches of the grape vine and the Gentiles are the “wild” branches that are grafted in by grace through faith grace in Jesus Christ.  Most importantly Jesus is represented by the “Tree of Calvary“.  Jesus hung upon a wooden cross to pay for man’s sin debt and He provides a “way” to “reverse the curse” of death that began when Adam and Eve chose to eat from the forbidden fruit.  Jesus is the Tree of “new” eternal Life, He gives life to those who receive Him by grace through faith.  

The fig tree represents the nation of Israel which Jesus cursed when He found no fruit on it (Mark 11:12-25).  The mighty oak represents the life of the faithful believer, standing strong and bearing much fruit and a faithful believer is also like the cedar trees in Lebanon which represent righteousness.  The palm tree represents praise to the Lord, like a hand lifted up to Heaven and the unusually large mustard tree represents the church in the last days, puffed up in size because of apostasy teaching (leaven) and filled with both believers (wheat and sparrows) and unbelievers (tares and black birds).  People are like “fruit trees”, the believer bears the good fruit that comes from abiding by Grace through faith in Jesus but the bad tree bears the bad fruit of humanism that is burned up!  “So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. – Matthew 7:17

It is not knowledge that brings death but knowledge that is pursued for the purpose outside the will of God that destroys and brings death.  It what “seems” right to man but it is the way of death (Proverbs 14:12). Satan’s continues to tempt people and deceive people with the fruit from this tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, promising that the pursuit of knowledge of the world or knowledge from secret societies or knowledge from demonic rituals can “enlighten you” so you can have the good things in this world that God seems to be withholding from you. 

And Satan can deliver success in this world and things that “seem” good … if you put your trust in the world, the flesh or the Devil.  Satan even tried to temp Jesus in this way but Jesus overcame Satan with God’s word (Matthew 4:1-11)!  Ever since Adam and Eve ate of this forbidden fruit all mankind is plagued with a fallen Self Indulgent Nature (SIN) that makes man think he can figure out what is good and what is evil on his own, without acknowledging God’s way (Isaiah 55:8-9).  This demonic teaching is found in humanism, globalism and rebuilding of the tower of Babel … the New World Order.  Jesus said “I am the way, the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father except through Me” – John 14:6.  There is no wiggle room with Jesus … you are either in Jesus’ camp as a Spiritually “born again” child of God or you remain in Satan’s camp, as a Physically born child of Adam.

Wisdom is a tree of life to those who embrace her; happy are those who hold her tightly. – Proverbs 3:18 NLT

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.    Proverbs – 3:5-6

You must first be “born again” in Jesus Christ to be spiritually re-connected to God and then God can instruct you with knowledge that is applied for the purpose that is “in the will of God” … this is called “wisdom”.  The pursue of knowledge and the application of knowledge within the will of God will be rewarded by God.  God is the giver of Light and Life, though a born again relationship with His Son Jesus Christ!  God is the giver of all things good and He is the only One who is able to purpose knowledge so it can be used for good.  Therefore man can learn to use knowledge for good, if He trusts and obeys God, or he can use knowledge for evil if he trusts his own reasoning.  

Also have you ever noticed how the “Menorah” resembles the branches of a tree?  Jesus is the “Branch” (Zechariah 3:8) and the “vine” (John 15:1).  The 7 branches of the Menorah have 22 Almond blossoms.  The Almond tree is the first tree to bud with new life in the Spring and it was Almond buds that appeared on Aaron’s staff to prove that the tribe of the Levi represented God to the Jews.  The end of each branch has a cup which shines the light of the word upon my path (Psalm 119:105) by the oil of the Holy Spirit.  The believer is also like a branch that is grafted into the true vine of Jesus Christ.  “I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. – 1 John 15:5

Mold me like a Live Oak Tree   by  Rogersings   +8^)


Oh mighty live oak, tall and old

How lovely do your branches fold

So long and bended by the wind

Yet strong to stand and not give in



You rise in beauty from the test

And shade the folks in need of rest

In Fall you do not shed your leaves

In winter you’re still evergreen



It’s hard to stand and forgive sin

But truth and love are found in Him

So Lord come do Your work in me

And mold me like a live oak tree

The seven branches of the Menorah represent the divine number of God, His 7 days of creation, His 7,000 years for sinful man on earth, His 7 Dispensations, His 7 feasts, His 7 Spirits, His 7 Churches, His 7 angels, His 7 years of Tribulation and His 7 (seal, trumpet, bowl and thunder) judgments.  Wow, this is just another amazing piece of evidence that we have an Awesome Creator God!   [youtube id=”LufsjQqYx-U”]

Simon Peter went up and drew the net to land, full of large fish, a hundred and fifty-three; and although there were so many, the net was not torn.  – John 21:11

The number 153 has some fascinating mathematical properties and most commentators think the large number of fist has something to do with the large harvest of Church Age believers.  I found that the word “Zion” is referenced 153 in the Bible (KJV) so perhaps this is an amazing way that the Lord is confirming His love for Zion which is like the net that holds all the believing Church.  

2Sa_5:7  Nevertheless David took the strong hold of Zion: the same is the city of David.
1Ki_8:1  Then Solomon assembled the elders of Israel, and all the heads of the tribes, the chief of the fathers of the children of Israel, unto king Solomon in Jerusalem, that they might bring up the ark of the covenant of the LORD out of the city of David, which is Zion.
2Ki_19:21  This is the word that the LORD hath spoken concerning him; The virgin the daughter of Zion hath despised thee, and laughed thee to scorn; the daughter of Jerusalem hath shaken her head at thee.
2Ki_19:31  For out of Jerusalem shall go forth a remnant, and they that escape out of mount Zion: the zeal of the LORD of hosts shall do this.
1Ch_11:5  And the inhabitants of Jebus said to David, Thou shalt not come hither. Nevertheless David took the castle of Zion, which is the city of David.
2Ch_5:2  Then Solomon assembled the elders of Israel, and all the heads of the tribes, the chief of the fathers of the children of Israel, unto Jerusalem, to bring up the ark of the covenant of the LORD out of the city of David, which is Zion.
Psa_2:6  Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.
Psa_9:11  Sing praises to the LORD, which dwelleth in Zion: declare among the people his doings.
Psa_9:14  That I may shew forth all thy praise in the gates of the daughter of Zion: I will rejoice in thy salvation.
Psa_14:7  Oh that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion! when the LORD bringeth back the captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.
Psa_20:2  Send thee help from the sanctuary, and strengthen thee out of Zion;
Psa_48:2  Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.
Psa_48:11  Let mount Zion rejoice, let the daughters of Judah be glad, because of thy judgments.
Psa_48:12  Walk about Zion, and go round about her: tell the towers thereof.
Psa_50:2  Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God hath shined.
Psa_51:18  Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem.
Psa_53:6  Oh that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion! When God bringeth back the captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.
Psa_69:35  For God will save Zion, and will build the cities of Judah: that they may dwell there, and have it in possession.
Psa_74:2  Remember thy congregation, which thou hast purchased of old; the rod of thine inheritance, which thou hast redeemed; this mount Zion, wherein thou hast dwelt.
Psa_76:2  In Salem also is his tabernacle, and his dwelling place in Zion.
Psa_78:68  But chose the tribe of Judah, the mount Zion which he loved.
Psa_84:7  They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appeareth before God.
Psa_87:2  The LORD loveth the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob.
Psa_87:5  And of Zion it shall be said, This and that man was born in her: and the highest himself shall establish her.
Psa_97:8  Zion heard, and was glad; and the daughters of Judah rejoiced because of thy judgments, O LORD.
Psa_99:2  The LORD is great in Zion; and he is high above all the people.
Psa_102:13  Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favour her, yea, the set time, is come.
Psa_102:16  When the LORD shall build up Zion, he shall appear in his glory.
Psa_102:21  To declare the name of the LORD in Zion, and his praise in Jerusalem;
Psa_110:2  The LORD shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies.
Psa_125:1  A Song of degrees. They that trust in the LORD shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth for ever.
Psa_126:1  A Song of degrees. When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream.
Psa_128:5  The LORD shall bless thee out of Zion: and thou shalt see the good of Jerusalem all the days of thy life.
Psa_129:5  Let them all be confounded and turned back that hate Zion.
Psa_132:13  For the LORD hath chosen Zion; he hath desired it for his habitation.
Psa_133:3  As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.
Psa_134:3  The LORD that made heaven and earth bless thee out of Zion.
Psa_135:21  Blessed be the LORD out of Zion, which dwelleth at Jerusalem. Praise ye the LORD.
Psa_137:1  By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion.
Psa_137:3  For there they that carried us away captive required of us a song; and they that wasted us required of us mirth, saying, Sing us one of the songs of Zion.
Psa_146:10  The LORD shall reign for ever, even thy God, O Zion, unto all generations. Praise ye the LORD.
Psa_147:12  Praise the LORD, O Jerusalem; praise thy God, O Zion.
Psa_149:2  Let Israel rejoice in him that made him: let the children of Zion be joyful in their King.
Son_3:11  Go forth, O ye daughters of Zion, and behold king Solomon with the crown wherewith his mother crowned him in the day of his espousals, and in the day of the gladness of his heart.
Isa_1:8  And the daughter of Zion is left as a cottage in a vineyard, as a lodge in a garden of cucumbers, as a besieged city.
Isa_1:27  Zion shall be redeemed with judgment, and her converts with righteousness.
Isa_2:3  And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
Isa_3:16  Moreover the LORD saith, Because the daughters of Zion are haughty, and walk with stretched forth necks and wanton eyes, walking and mincing as they go, and making a tinkling with their feet:
Isa_3:17  Therefore the Lord will smite with a scab the crown of the head of the daughters of Zion, and the LORD will discover their secret parts.
Isa_4:3  And it shall come to pass, that he that is left in Zion, and he that remaineth in Jerusalem, shall be called holy, even every one that is written among the living in Jerusalem:
Isa_4:4  When the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof by the spirit of judgment, and by the spirit of burning.
Isa_4:5  And the LORD will create upon every dwelling place of mount Zion, and upon her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night: for upon all the glory shall be a defence.
Isa_8:18  Behold, I and the children whom the LORD hath given me are for signs and for wonders in Israel from the LORD of hosts, which dwelleth in mount Zion.
Isa_10:12  Wherefore it shall come to pass, that when the Lord hath performed his whole work upon mount Zion and on Jerusalem, I will punish the fruit of the stout heart of the king of Assyria, and the glory of his high looks.
Isa_10:24  Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD of hosts, O my people that dwellest in Zion, be not afraid of the Assyrian: he shall smite thee with a rod, and shall lift up his staff against thee, after the manner of Egypt.
Isa_10:32  As yet shall he remain at Nob that day: he shall shake his hand against the mount of the daughter of Zion, the hill of Jerusalem.
Isa_12:6  Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion: for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee.
Isa_14:32  What shall one then answer the messengers of the nation? That the LORD hath founded Zion, and the poor of his people shall trust in it.
Isa_16:1  Send ye the lamb to the ruler of the land from Sela to the wilderness, unto the mount of the daughter of Zion.
Isa_18:7  In that time shall the present be brought unto the LORD of hosts of a people scattered and peeled, and from a people terrible from their beginning hitherto; a nation meted out and trodden under foot, whose land the rivers have spoiled, to the place of the name of the LORD of hosts, the mount Zion.
Isa_24:23  Then the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed, when the LORD of hosts shall reign in mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, and before his ancients gloriously.
Isa_28:16  Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.
Isa_29:8  It shall even be as when an hungry man dreameth, and, behold, he eateth; but he awaketh, and his soul is empty: or as when a thirsty man dreameth, and, behold, he drinketh; but he awaketh, and, behold, he is faint, and his soul hath appetite: so shall the multitude of all the nations be, that fight against mount Zion.
Isa_30:19  For the people shall dwell in Zion at Jerusalem: thou shalt weep no more: he will be very gracious unto thee at the voice of thy cry; when he shall hear it, he will answer thee.
Isa_31:4  For thus hath the LORD spoken unto me, Like as the lion and the young lion roaring on his prey, when a multitude of shepherds is called forth against him, he will not be afraid of their voice, nor abase himself for the noise of them: so shall the LORD of hosts come down to fight for mount Zion, and for the hill thereof.
Isa_31:9  And he shall pass over to his strong hold for fear, and his princes shall be afraid of the ensign, saith the LORD, whose fire is in Zion, and his furnace in Jerusalem.
Isa_33:5  The LORD is exalted; for he dwelleth on high: he hath filled Zion with judgment and righteousness.
Isa_33:14  The sinners in Zion are afraid; fearfulness hath surprised the hypocrites. Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings?
Isa_33:20  Look upon Zion, the city of our solemnities: thine eyes shall see Jerusalem a quiet habitation, a tabernacle that shall not be taken down; not one of the stakes thereof shall ever be removed, neither shall any of the cords thereof be broken.
Isa_34:8  For it is the day of the LORD’S vengeance, and the year of recompences for the controversy of
Isa_35:10  And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
Isa_37:22  This is the word which the LORD hath spoken concerning him; The virgin, the daughter of Zion, hath despised thee, and laughed thee to scorn; the daughter of Jerusalem hath shaken her head at thee.
Isa_37:32  For out of Jerusalem shall go forth a remnant, and they that escape out of mount Zion: the zeal of the LORD of hosts shall do this.
Isa_40:9  O Zion, that bringest good tidings, get thee up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God!
Isa_41:27  The first shall say to Zion, Behold, behold them: and I will give to Jerusalem one that bringeth good tidings.
Isa_46:13  I bring near my righteousness; it shall not be far off, and my salvation shall not tarry: and I will place salvation in Zion for Israel my glory.
Isa_49:14  But Zion said, The LORD hath forsaken me, and my Lord hath forgotten me.
Isa_51:3  For the LORD shall comfort Zion: he will comfort all her waste places; and he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the LORD; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody.
Isa_51:11  Therefore the redeemed of the LORD shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away.
Isa_51:16  And I have put my words in thy mouth, and I have covered thee in the shadow of mine hand, that I may plant the heavens, and lay the foundations of the earth, and say unto Zion, Thou art my people.
Isa_52:1  Awake, awake; put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city: for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and the unclean.
Isa_52:2  Shake thyself from the dust; arise, and sit down, O Jerusalem: loose thyself from the bands of thy neck, O captive daughter of Zion.
Isa_52:7  How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!
Isa_52:8  Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together shall they sing: for they shall see eye to eye, when the LORD shall bring again Zion.
Isa_59:20  And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the LORD.
Isa_60:14  The sons also of them that afflicted thee shall come bending unto thee; and all they that despised thee shall bow themselves down at the soles of thy feet; and they shall call thee, The city of the LORD, The Zion of the Holy One of Israel.
Isa_61:3  To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.
Isa_62:1  For Zion’s sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth.
Isa_62:11  Behold, the LORD hath proclaimed unto the end of the world, Say ye to the daughter of Zion, Behold, thy salvation cometh; behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him.
Isa_64:10  Thy holy cities are a wilderness, Zion is a wilderness, Jerusalem a desolation.
Isa_66:8  Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? or shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children.
Jer_3:14  Turn, O backsliding children, saith the LORD; for I am married unto you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion:
Jer_4:6  Set up the standard toward Zion: retire, stay not: for I will bring evil from the north, and a great destruction.
Jer_4:31  For I have heard a voice as of a woman in travail, and the anguish as of her that bringeth forth her first child, the voice of the daughter of Zion, that bewaileth herself, that spreadeth her hands, saying, Woe is me now! for my soul is wearied because of murderers.
Jer_6:2  I have likened the daughter of Zion to a comely and delicate woman.
Jer_6:23  They shall lay hold on bow and spear; they are cruel, and have no mercy; their voice roareth like the sea; and they ride upon horses, set in array as men for war against thee, O daughter of Zion.
Jer_8:19  Behold the voice of the cry of the daughter of my people because of them that dwell in a far country: Is not the LORD in Zion? is not her king in her? Why have they provoked me to anger with their graven images, and with strange vanities?
Jer_9:19  For a voice of wailing is heard out of Zion, How are we spoiled! we are greatly confounded, because we have forsaken the land, because our dwellings have cast us out.
Jer_14:19  Hast thou utterly rejected Judah? hath thy soul lothed Zion? why hast thou smitten us, and there is no healing for us? we looked for peace, and there is no good; and for the time of healing, and behold trouble!
Jer_26:18  Micah the Morasthite prophesied in the days of Hezekiah king of Judah, and spake to all the people of Judah, saying, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Zion shall be plowed like a field, and Jerusalem shall become heaps, and the mountain of the house as the high places of a forest.
Jer_30:17  For I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds, saith the LORD; because they called thee an Outcast, saying, This is Zion, whom no man seeketh after.
Jer_31:6  For there shall be a day, that the watchmen upon the mount Ephraim shall cry, Arise ye, and let us go up to Zion unto the LORD our God.
Jer_31:12  Therefore they shall come and sing in the height of Zion, and shall flow together to the goodness of the LORD, for wheat, and for wine, and for oil, and for the young of the flock and of the herd: and their soul shall be as a watered garden; and they shall not sorrow any more at all.
Jer_50:5  They shall ask the way to Zion with their faces thitherward, saying, Come, and let us join ourselves to the LORD in a perpetual covenant that shall not be forgotten.
Jer_50:28  The voice of them that flee and escape out of the land of Babylon, to declare in Zion the vengeance of the LORD our God, the vengeance of his temple.
Jer_51:10  The LORD hath brought forth our righteousness: come, and let us declare in Zion the work of the LORD our God.
Jer_51:24  And I will render unto Babylon and to all the inhabitants of Chaldea all their evil that they have done in Zion in your sight, saith the LORD.
Jer_51:35  The violence done to me and to my flesh be upon Babylon, shall the inhabitant of Zion say; and my blood upon the inhabitants of Chaldea, shall Jerusalem say.
Lam_1:4  The ways of Zion do mourn, because none come to the solemn feasts: all her gates are desolate: her priests sigh, her virgins are afflicted, and she is in bitterness.
Lam_1:6  And from the daughter of Zion all her beauty is departed: her princes are become like harts that find no pasture, and they are gone without strength before the pursuer.
Lam_1:17  Zion spreadeth forth her hands, and there is none to comfort her: the LORD hath commanded concerning Jacob, that his adversaries should be round about him: Jerusalem is as a menstruous woman among them.
Lam_2:1  How hath the Lord covered the daughter of Zion with a cloud in his anger, and cast down from heaven unto the earth the beauty of Israel, and remembered not his footstool in the day of his anger!
Lam_2:4  He hath bent his bow like an enemy: he stood with his right hand as an adversary, and slew all that were pleasant to the eye in the tabernacle of the daughter of Zion: he poured out his fury like fire.
Lam_2:6  And he hath violently taken away his tabernacle, as if it were of a garden: he hath destroyed his places of the assembly: the LORD hath caused the solemn feasts and sabbaths to be forgotten in Zion, and hath despised in the indignation of his anger the king and the priest.
Lam_2:8  The LORD hath purposed to destroy the wall of the daughter of Zion: he hath stretched out a line, he hath not withdrawn his hand from destroying: therefore he made the rampart and the wall to lament; they languished together.
Lam_2:10  The elders of the daughter of Zion sit upon the ground, and keep silence: they have cast up dust upon their heads; they have girded themselves with sackcloth: the virgins of Jerusalem hang down their heads to the ground.
Lam_2:13  What thing shall I take to witness for thee? what thing shall I liken to thee, O daughter of Jerusalem? what shall I equal to thee, that I may comfort thee, O virgin daughter of Zion? for thy breach is great like the sea: who can heal thee?
Lam_2:18  Their heart cried unto the Lord, O wall of the daughter of Zion, let tears run down like a river day and night: give thyself no rest; let not the apple of thine eye cease.
Lam_4:2  The precious sons of Zion, comparable to fine gold, how are they esteemed as earthen pitchers, the work of the hands of the potter!
Lam_4:11  The LORD hath accomplished his fury; he hath poured out his fierce anger, and hath kindled a fire in Zion, and it hath devoured the foundations thereof.
Lam_4:22  The punishment of thine iniquity is accomplished, O daughter of Zion; he will no more carry thee away into captivity: he will visit thine iniquity, O daughter of Edom; he will discover thy sins.
Lam_5:11  They ravished the women in Zion, and the maids in the cities of Judah.
Lam_5:18  Because of the mountain of Zion, which is desolate, the foxes walk upon it.
Joe_2:1  Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for
it is nigh at hand;
Joe_2:15  Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly:
Joe_2:23  Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month.
Joe_2:32  And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call.
Joe_3:16  The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the LORD will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel.
Joe_3:17  So shall ye know that I am the LORD your God dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain: then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no strangers pass through her any more.
Joe_3:21  For I will cleanse their blood that I have not cleansed: for the LORD dwelleth in Zion.
Amo_1:2  And he said, The LORD will roar from Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the habitations of the shepherds shall mourn, and the top of Carmel shall wither.
Amo_6:1  Woe to them that are at ease in Zion, and trust in the mountain of Samaria, which are named chief of the nations, to whom the house of Israel came!
Oba_1:17  But upon mount Zion shall be deliverance, and there shall be holiness; and the house of Jacob shall possess their possessions.
Oba_1:21  And saviours shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be the LORD’S.
Mic_1:13  O thou inhabitant of Lachish, bind the chariot to the swift beast: she is the beginning of the sin to the daughter of Zion: for the transgressions of Israel were found in thee.
Mic_3:10  They build up Zion with blood, and Jerusalem with iniquity.
Mic_3:12  Therefore shall Zion for your sake be plowed as a field, and Jerusalem shall become heaps, and the mountain of the house as the high places of the forest.
Mic_4:2  And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
Mic_4:7  And I will make her that halted a remnant, and her that was cast far off a strong nation: and the LORD shall reign over them in mount Zion from henceforth, even for ever.
Mic_4:8  And thou, O tower of the flock, the strong hold of the daughter of Zion, unto thee shall it come, even the first dominion; the kingdom shall come to the daughter of Jerusalem.
Mic_4:10  Be in pain, and labour to bring forth, O daughter of Zion, like a woman in travail: for now shalt thou go forth out of the city, and thou shalt dwell in the field, and thou shalt go even to Babylon; there shalt thou be delivered; there the LORD shall redeem thee from the hand of thine enemies.
Mic_4:11  Now also many nations are gathered against thee, that say, Let her be defiled, and let our eye look upon Zion.
Mic_4:13  Arise and thresh, O daughter of Zion: for I will make thine horn iron, and I will make thy hoofs brass: and thou shalt beat in pieces many people: and I will consecrate their gain unto the LORD, and their substance unto the Lord of the whole earth.
Zep_3:14  Sing, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel; be glad and rejoice with all the heart, O daughter of Jerusalem.
Zep_3:16  In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem, Fear thou not: and to Zion, Let not thine hands be slack.
Zec_1:14  So the angel that communed with me said unto me, Cry thou, saying, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; I am jealous for Jerusalem and for Zion with a great jealousy.
Zec_1:17  Cry yet, saying, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; My cities through prosperity shall yet be spread abroad; and the LORD shall yet comfort Zion, and shall yet choose Jerusalem.
Zec_2:7  Deliver thyself, O Zion, that dwellest with the daughter of Babylon.
Zec_2:10  Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion: for, lo, I come, and I will dwell in the midst of thee, saith the LORD.
Zec_8:2  Thus saith the LORD of hosts; I was jealous for Zion with great jealousy, and I was jealous for her with great fury.
Zec_8:3  Thus saith the LORD; I am returned unto Zion, and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and Jerusalem shall be called a city of truth; and the mountain of the LORD of hosts the holy mountain.
Zec_9:9  Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.
Zec_9:13  When I have bent Judah for me, filled the bow with Ephraim, and raised up thy sons, O Zion, against thy sons, O Greece, and made thee as the sword of a mighty man.

153 verses found, 153 matches

Hebrews 12

Jesus, the Example

1Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

3For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

 A Father’s Discipline

      4You have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood in your striving against sin;

5and you have forgotten the exhortation which is addressed to you as sons,


7It is for discipline that you endure; God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline? 8But if you are without discipline, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. 9Furthermore, we had earthly fathers to discipline us, and we respected them; shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of spirits, and live? 10For they disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them, but He disciplines us for our good, so that we may share His holiness. 11All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.

12Therefore, strengthen the hands that are weak and the knees that are feeble, 13and make straight paths for your feet, so that the limb which is lame may not be put out of joint, but rather be healed.

14Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord. 15See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled; 16that there be no immoral or godless person like Esau, who sold his own birthright for a single meal.17For you know that even afterwards, when he desired to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought for it with tears.

 Contrast of Sinai and Zion

      18For you have not come to a mountain that can be touched and to a blazing fire, and to darkness and gloom and whirlwind, 19and to the blast of a trumpet and the sound of words which sound was such that those who heard begged that no further word be spoken to them. 20For they could not bear the command, “IF EVEN A BEAST TOUCHES THE MOUNTAIN, IT WILL BE STONED.” 21And so terrible was the sight, that Moses said, “I AM FULL OF FEAR and trembling.” 22But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels,23to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the Judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, 24and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood, which speaks better than the blood of Abel.

 The Unshaken Kingdom

      25See to it that you do not refuse Him who is speaking. For if those did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, much less will we escape who turn away from Him who warns from heaven. 26And His voice shook the earth then, but now He has promised, saying, “YET ONCE MORE I WILL SHAKE NOT ONLY THE EARTH, BUT ALSO THE HEAVEN.” 27This expression, “Yet once more,” denotes the removing of those things which can be shaken, as of created things, so that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. 28Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; 29for our God is a consuming fire.


Rapture Me in 5993

After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven, and the first voice which I had heard, like the sound of a trumpet speaking with me, said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after these things.” – Revelation 4:1

This title “Rapture me in 5993” sure makes a good rhyming slogan but what does it mean?  What does the Rapture of the Church have to do with the number 5993?  Well, 5993 AM (Anno Mundi, abbreviated as AM or A.M., or Year After Creation) represents the number of years since God created man and it represents the year that God will rapture His Bride, the Church, according to Clarence Larkin (click here).  After the Rapture of the “born-again Church” there will be 7 years of Tribulation which will bring us to the year 6,000 AM.  Then there will be 1,000 years of the Millennium Kingdom on earth until the year 7,000 (Revelation 20:4).  After the 7,000 years, God will judge all unbelievers at the White Throne of Judgement for the degree of punishment they will receive for all eternity in the Lake of Fire (Revelation 20:11-15).  Also at the time, God will then redeem the earth by fire and those who believe in Jesus will begin an Eternal Age on a New Heaven and Earth (Revelation 21:1). 

God created the earth in 6 days and rested on the 7th day (Genesis 2:2) and based on this pattern God has ordained 6,000 years for man to reign on the earth and then 1,000 years for Christ to reign on earth, then comes the eternal Age.

But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day. – 2 Peter 3:8

I have received a few comments from Christians who are appalled at the idea of the pre-Tribulation Rapture of the Church, as though we Christians who believe in a pre-Tribulation Rapture of the Church do not study scripture to show ourselves approved by God (2 Timothy 2:15) and we are “Spiritual Snowflakes” for the cause of Jesus Christ.  I am grieved that some of my brothers and sisters in Christ label me as ignorant of scripture and think I am someone trying to mislead the flock of Jesus Christ but there is not much I can do about it, other than pray that we will be united in our understanding of prophecy. 

 And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellow servant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.  – Revelation 19:10

I have studied the scriptures extensively and written an article on the scriptural defense of a pre-Tribulation Rapture (click here).  The point is that we should be loving and respectful toward one another’s opinions as to the timing of the Rapture, since the timing of the Rapture is not an essential doctrine of the Church that should divide us in fellowship with one another.  The Rapture will however divide born-again Christians from unbelievers, as born-again believers are called up into the clouds to meet Jesus in the air at the voice of Archangel and the Trumpet call of God.

For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words. – 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18

In regards to the claim that I am a Spiritual Snowflake who doesn’t want to face the persecution of the Antichrist during the Tribulation, I plead guilty in the sense that I don’t look forward to pain, persecution and tribulation.  “Jesus paid it all” (1 Peter 3:18), therefore my suffering does not “earn” my salvation or keep me saved and it’s not necessary in order to prove my love for Him.  I do understand that for the Christian the trials of this world can be used by God to burn away the sin and selfish “dross” in our lives so we are trusting Jesus more and reflecting His image through our life, like refined gold.  The daily “dying to self … live for Christ” lifestyle is the sanctification process that Paul spoke of in Philippians 2:12 “Work out your salvation in fear and trembling” and this is the message I am declaring in the name of this website “Die2Live“.

“But keep on the alert at all times, praying that you may have strength (Strong’s Greek 2729: To prevail against, overpower, get the upper hand) to escape all these things that are about to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.” – Luke 21:36 NASB

Somehow by watching for the SIGNS of the End Times and dwelling upon what God is going to do to TAKE REVENGE against the EVIL of this world in the Last Days, we “prevail” over the EVIL of this world and are TAKEN OUT of this world (Rapture) by God to escape His judgment of this EVIL and we can STAND before Jesus with a clear conscience because we did not try to dole out VENGENCE and take Dominion over this End Time Demonic EVIL in our own strength and way.  I thank God for His amazing grace and I believe according to His word that “born again” believers will escape the 7-year judgment of the Day of the Lord, that will suddenly fall upon the world like a thief in the night … yet perhaps some will escape in the Rapture (prior to the Seal judgments) and some will escape through martyrdom (at the 5th Seal judgment) … because I think the 7 year Covenant, Time of Jacob’s Trouble begins with the Trumpet judgments. 

Of course, I don’t fully understand how the End Time and the Book of Revelation will be fulfilled, I don’t think anyone does … as my wife and I say “We are here, till we HEAR!”  

It is an exciting time to be alive and see prophecy fulfilled but it is also a weary and confusing time, with much apostasy in the Church, deception in the News and distractions everywhere!   I pray daily for the strength to stand in the faith of Jesus Christ during these perilous times, not because I can lose my Salvation (Jesus holds my eternal security) but because I don’t want to be deceived or taken captive by vain thoughts of this world.  The time of Christ’s return is near and I have turned the TV off in order to spend more time learning about God’s word and His love for us.  As I see the signs that the world is falling apart, I am encouraged that these signs tell me I will soon be with my Blessed Hope, Jesus Christ (Titus 2:13).  I know God will deliver me from the evil of this world in His time … we are here, till we hear!

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,

I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me; 

Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me.   – Psalm 23:4

I have written several articles about the 5993 sign on this website… in fact God awakened me in 2015 as a watchman to warn people of His soon return and this is the reason I created the web sites “Die2Live” and “The 5993 Sign” (The 5993 Sign website is no longer active).  Over the last four years (from 2015 to 2019) I have been faithful to report about the signs of the time that point to the imminent return of Jesus Christ.  In fact, I have made a “Rapture Calendar (click here)” that gives “high watch” dates and reasons for why the Lord might return on these dates (Note, the Rapture Calendar covers High Watch dates from September 2017 to September 2020 when I stopped updating the Calendar). 

In March of 2017, I first heard about the Revelation 12 sign which occurred on September 23, 2017 and I studied many Bible timelines to find one that proved that the year 2017 was the year 5993 AM … the year of the Rapture.  I did find a timeline that proved 2017 was the year 5993 but obviously it wasn’t correct so I stopped reporting about the 5993 sign and I started reporting about the many other end times signs, like the increase in unusual weather, the increase of sin in the world, and the increase in tension surrounding Israel and the talk about the “peace deal of the century”.  

The Church must decrease and the Jews must increase in order to transition from the Church Age of Grace (both Jews and Gentiles) to the Tribulation Age of Discipline (for the Jews) and Judgement (for the Gentiles).  And this is exactly what we are seeing as the apostate teaching is creeping into Churches that once preached the gospel of Jesus Christ,  rendering them ineffective for Christ.  And the “always apostate” Catholic Church is being exposed for their morally corrupt priests who sexually abuse children and practice a homosexual lifestyle with one another, bringing disgrace and shame to the name of Jesus Christ.

In the meantime, the Jews are back in their land, Jerusalem has been declared the Capital, the Ezekiel 38 nations are gathering in alliance again Israel, the peace deal to divide the land is on the table and leading Rabbis are proclaiming that the Messiah will come before the elections in April 2019.  Moreover the Vatican, Cabals, Illuminati and Deep State players who serve Satan know that the time of the Antichrist/Messiah is near!  The Demonic activity in the world is now commonplace, openly practiced, celebrated, and even declared in the Congress of the United States as politicians vote to allow babies to be killed after birth.  The arches of Baal have opened up the gateway to the Demonic Spirits and the Antichrist is on the scene waiting to take his place as the leader of the Global New World Order, once the restraining influence of the Church is removed by the Rapture (2 Thessalonians 2:6)!

Recently in August 2023, I discovered other pieces of evidence that lend proof that we are living in the year 5993 and this is the reason I am UPDATING this article I wrote in 2019.  I should be excited about this new evidence but I realize Jesus gave us the warning that “no man knows the day or hour” so that we will not be deceived and set our hope in a date but we will keep our eyes on Jesus.  It is “knowing” Jesus that brings joy …  In fact, it can even be proclaimed this way “Jesus Only Y’all – JOY!

In Jesus Christ, we have God’s promise that He will “overcome” our sin and we will be with Him.  It’s focusing on the grace of God that has the power to Save the Lost and Sanctify the Saved that keeps me grounded in faith of Christ and abiding in His love, even as I know Jesus is right at the door.  The Lord wants none to perish (2 Peter 3:9), so it is with a heavy heart and a “Heaven heart” I rejoice in my Blessed Hope and pray for people to repent and come to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ before the Day of the Lord arrives.  (click here to learn how to have eternal life in Jesus Christ)    (click here to view a chart of God’s purpose through the 7,000 years

– Blessings and Maranatha!   – Rogersings   

Check out these articles recently posted about the 5993 sign, Rapture in 2023!

Aaron, Dr Barry Awe’s brother with YT channel “God a Minute” posted a video on August 16, 2023 explaining that the Jewish calendar is off by 210 years … so the Jewish Year for 2023 which is 5783 really is 5993!  —> https://youtu.be/lBBlF1VQmXI

This year 2023 is the year 5993 AM according to Barry Awe (1/6/2023) … watch the YT video from mm —> https://youtu.be/iq61WznPRlo?t=2959

Here’s the timeline from Gary at Unsealed (published 8/5/2022) about the 5993 Rapture that would occur ON or BEFORE the Feast of Trumpets in 2023! —> https://www.unsealed.org/2022/08/a-timeline-that-just-might-fit.html

Gary’s Timeline can also be viewed and downloaded from Google Docs —> https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1oRH7KwcGIUUW4n3Cmx2ATA1s56UnkXo0/edit#gid=1698106140

An April Rapture would bring May Sorrows (3/20/2023) – Dr Barry Awe speculating on a Passover Rapture this year 2023 (which is the year 5993 AM according to his latest Timeline) —> https://youtu.be/EL-Xq1jn9Wg

I think that Mr Bones, that Skeleton of Dr. Barry knows the date of the Rapture … but he won’t tell us!

Timelines Predicting a Rapture in 2019:




*Note, I wrote this article in 2019 so the evidence shows that the year 2019 is 5993 … I have updated this article in Evidence 1 to indicate that according to the “corrected” Hebrew Calendar the year 2023 is the year 5993!

Evidence 1: Timeline Calendars that ADD up the years from Creation to show that man has lived on earth for 5993 years:  

(a) In 2015 I was awakened by God to determine if we were living in the year 5993 since Creation because this was the most likely year of the Rapture based on the work of Clarence Larkin where in his book “Dispensational Truth” (written in 1920) he stated that the Lord would rapture His church in the year 5993 AM (Chapter 4 THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST) —>  https://www.preservedwords.com/disptruth/chap4.html  Also in PDF format (page 37) —> https://www.holybibleinstitute.com/files/Dispensational_Truth_-_Clarence_Larkin.pdf

I was also watching the Morals of America decline with the increase of the “Homosexual” agenda, which I understood would bring the End Times JUDGEMENT of God, like during the Days of Lot in Sodom and Gomorrah.  Specifically, on June 26, 2015 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges that the 14th Amendment requires all U.S. state laws to recognize same-sex marriages.[183] This left Section 2 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) of 1996 as superseded and unenforceable.  Now, in the year 2023, we are witnessing a “5 Alarm Fire” of EVIL upon America with the LGBTQ+ agenda … so the hour of God’s JUDGEMENT is even closer and urgent … “A minute from Midnight”. 

I have studied many Bible timelines, including the most popular one done by Ushers who calculated that creation began in 4004 BC.  I also found a little know one, produced by Robert A Makar who calculated that creation began in 3977 BC, indicating that the year 2017 was the year 5993 AM (click here to see this Bible timeline in Makar’s book).  Neither of these timelines is correct but more to the point I don’t think any Bible timeline made by man is absolutely correct because Satan has CONFUSED the Calendars and God wants us to dig into scripture to know Him and watch for the signs of His coming as we walk by faith … not by sight. 

Here is the Timeline by Gary at Unsealed with a Creation Date of 3972 … therefore the year 5993 AM will END on the Feast of Trumpets in 2023 AD  (3972+2023-1) = 5994 … so the Rapture should occur BEFORE the Feast of Trumpets in 2023! —> https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1oRH7KwcGIUUW4n3Cmx2ATA1s56UnkXo0/edit#gid=1698106140

(b) The Hebrew Calendar TIMELINE is off by 210 years … so the year 2023 AD which is 5783 AM is really 5783+210 = 5993!  

One of the biggest points of confusion about calculating Bible timelines is the difference in the age of the patriarchs when they “begat” their first son as recorded in the Greek OT Septuagint (GST) text vs what is recorded in the Hebrew Masoretic OT text (HMT)  (click here to read about the difference).   Essentially, the GST is a Greek translation of the Hebrew Old Testament that was completed in 132 BC while the HMT is the “maintained” Hebrew text of the Old Testament with the oldest copy found from 900 AD.  The issue of which one is the authoritative word of God is a debate that hasn’t been resolved but in the minds of those who do Bible translations, 99% of all Bibles use the HMT. 

There are minor differences and no doctrinal differences between the GST and the HMT but there are “major” differences in the Bible timeline.  The GST accounts for 1,380 “more” years of Bible history than the HMT, which means we are in the year “7373 AM” according to the GST.  Also to add more confusion to computing the age of man, the Jewish calendar calculates that the year 2019 = 5779 AM, not 5993.  Some Bible scholars think that the Jews purposefully miscalculate the number of years spent in captivity in Babylon until the birth of Jesus in order to “discredit” the prophecy by Daniel that the Messiah would come and be “cut off” (on the cross) after 483 years. 

“Know therefore and understand,
That from the going forth of the command
To restore and build Jerusalem
Until Messiah the Prince,
There shall be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks
(483 years);
The street shall be built again, and the wall,
Even in troublesome times. – Daniel 9:25

Listen to Aaron with “God a Minute” explain that the “Decree to Restore Jerusalem” occurred in 458 BC + 483 = 26 AD when Jesus Christ “The Messiah the Prince” began His ministry. —> https://youtu.be/lBBlF1VQmXI

Jesus was crucified 3 1/2 years later in 30 AD, the Temple was destroyed 40 years later in 70 AD and Jesus will RETURN in Glory 2,000 years after His Resurrection in 2030 AD!  Therefore the Pre-Tribulation Rapture will occur 7 years prior to 2030 in the year 2023!

Wikipedia states the number of missing years in the Jewish Calendar is 165 but it could be 214 years in which case 5779+214=5993 in the year 2019! (click here)!  But for some real understanding about the missing years in the Jewish Calendar listen to Dr. Thiel (click here) explain how “Rabbi Yose ben Halafta” in the 2nd century (a student of Rabbi Akiva, a Sage who elevated the teaching of the Mishnah – oral law – to that of the Torah – written law – and taught that Bar Kochba in 132 was Israel’s Messiah —> click hereestablished a Jewish Timeline of events (the Jewish numbering of years that is used today) where he purposefully SUBTRACTED “210” years from the Jewish Calendar so that the time of the Decree to rebuild the Temple + 483 years added up to the time of The Bar Kochba Revolt (132-136).  He did this in order to make the man “Bar Kochba” (Son of the Star) fulfill the prophecy of the arrival of the Messiah Prince instead of Jesus, whom the Jewish leaders REJECTED and continue to REJECT as their Messiah.  Remember DECEPTION is the number one TRICK of Satan … his Temptation is to bring doubt about God’s word so people are CONFUSED and choose to Trample upon the PERFECT order and Way of God.

(c) I want to thank a dear sister in Christ who sent me a photo of the Bible Chronology found in the “Illustrated Polyglot Family Bible from 1879”.   This is an amazing find because according to the people who put this Bible together they computed that 5824 years had occurred from Adam to the year 1850 AD.  From 1850 to 2019 is 169 years therefore 5824 + 169 = 5993!

5824 (to 1850 AD) + 169 (to 2019 AD) = 5993!


(d) According to the “The Chronology of the Bible” by Frank R Klassen, the year 2019 AD = 5993 AM.  He calculated that the earth was created in 3975 BC (click here).

3975 – 1 (for BC/AD cross over) +  2019 = 5993!

(e) Here is something Chris, my brother in Christ in New Zealand shared (click here).  He states that the year of Christ’s return can be determined by Daniels’s prophesy.  Note, Chris uses a date of 603 BC for the end of the sacrifices but I use the date 599 BC.

Daniel 12: 11 “From the time that the regular sacrifice is abolished and the abomination of desolation is set up, there will be 1,290 days. 12 “How blessed is he who keeps waiting and attains to the 1,335 days 

The date the regular sacrifices were abolished occurred when the Jews were exiled to Babylon in the deportation of 599 BC (Note, there were actually several different times during this period from 607-586 B.C. when the Jews were taken captive by Babylon.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Babylonian_captivity).  The date the Abomination of Desolation is when the Dome of the Rock was completed in 691 AD. 

 Therefore  599 BC + 1290 years = 691  the year of the Dome of the Rock

Then the blessed time occurs 1335 years (days) after 691 AD.  Therefore 691 AD + 1335 = 2026 AD which is the end of the Tribulation period.   

Therefore 2026 – 7 = 2019 the year of the Rapture!

(f) I have one more timeline evidence that points to the fact that 2019 is the year 5993.  Many people, including myself, have calculated the number of years until the Exodus by adding the age of the patriarchs listed in the Bible which is 2513 years.  It was 480 years until Solomon built the Temple, so subtract 40 for Moses in wilderness and subtract 33 years for Davis rule in Jerusalem = 407 years for Judges to rule.  I think it wasn’t until David ruled in Jerusalem that God enforced the Shemitah commandment upon the nation of Jews, which they failed to do for 490 years. 
Creation to Exodus          2513      – Beginning in 3975 BC
Time in Wilderness             40      – Jews wandered for 40 years
Time of Judges                  407     – 1 Kings 6:1 (480 yrs – 73 yrs) 
Time of Kings                     490     – Jews didn’t observer Shemitah
Captivity in Babylon              70     – punished 1 year for every 7
Decree to rebuild Temple   483     – Daniels 69 weeks of 70 weeks 
Start of Jesus ministry     1990    – 29 AD and cross in 33 AD 
                                          5993!    – Rapture of the Church in 2019
Daniels final weeks                 7       – Jacob’s Trouble ends 2026
Millennium                         1000      
   Last day of moral man       7000     – New Heaven and New Earth!


Evidence 2: I recently found a website called “Tree of Life” that is maintained by a Christian Bible astronomer who said that his research and computer simulation of the planets have lead him to report that the sun stood still in 1421 BC because of a polar shift (click here).  This celestial event confirms the account of the battle that Joshua and the Jews fought as they entered the promise land.   Using the number of years from the beginning of Adam until the Exodus = 2513 (click here also see chart at the bottom of the page), then adding 40 years the Jews wandered in the wilderness to arrive at the battle date, then adding 1421 years to get to 0 AD, then adding 2019 = the year 5993 AM.  

2513 (till the Exodus) + 40 (in wilderness) + 1421 (year sun stood still) + 2019 = 5993!  

So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, Until the nation avenged themselves of their enemies. Is it not written in the book of Jashar? And the sun stopped in the middle of the sky and did not hasten to go down for about a whole day. – Joshua 10:13

Evidence 3: In the book the “Sacred and Profane History of the World Connected” the Chinese records indicate that according to their calendar, the long day occurred in the year 2554 AM and this also adds up to the year 5993   (click here to read the page of the book with this information) if you consider the evidence that the sun stood still in 1420 instead of 1421 BC (click here).
2554 (from creation till the sun stood still) + 1420 (year sun stood still) + 2019 = 5993!  

Evidence 4: Using computer astronomy software there is a person who has seen the Menorah in the sky in 3974 BC, the sign that this was the date of creation.  Based on this information the year 2019 is the year 5993 AM, the time for the Rapture! (click here).   

3974 (beginning of creation) +  2019 = 5993!
Here is the alignment of the planets in 3974 BC … right to left.
– Saturn – Passover – Satan is defeated by Jesus on the cross
– Mercury – Unleavened bread – God’s message proclaimed by Michael
– Venus – First Fruits – Resurrection of Jesus Christ
– Sun – Pentecost – The Law given and Holy Spirit given
– Mars – Feast of Trumpets – Tribulation ends, Christ’ return
– Jupiter – Day of Atonement – Sheep and Goat judgement
– Moon – Israel saved and enter Millennium
Here’s an image is from Gary at the Unsealed web site:

Evidence 5:  The YouTube channel “The Return of the King” has put together an analysis of the 13 blood moons (see chart below) which indicate 7 fat years of prosperity for the world beginning in 2012 (a time of deception and ushering in the Antichrist), followed by 7 lean years beginning in 2019 (the Tribulation period).  This pattern of years is similar to the time of Joseph in Egypt who was a type of Christ.   After the 7 fat years comes the “Rapture” in 2019, followed by the 7 years of Tribulation (click here to view this video).


Evidence 6:  In 1536 Suleiman the Magnificent, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire issued a decree to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem, fulling “again” the prophecy 70 weeks of Daniel 9:25   (click here) or (click here).   1536 AD + 483 (which is 69×7 weeks of years) = 2019.   Ancient dates are difficult to definitively declare, so sometime from 1535 to 1542 Suleiman made the decree.  In a sense, the Messiah will be “cut off” when the Rapture of the Church occurs, ushering in the last week of Daniel, the 7 years of Tribulation, the time of Jacob’s Trouble. 

Therefore 2019 is the year of the Rapture!


Evidence 7:   The Mayan 5,126 year long calendar ended December 21, 2012.  This began the 7 years of plenty, followed by the 7 “lean” years of the Tribulation period. 

Therefore 2019 is the year of the Rapture!

Evidence 8:   

            NEWS ALERT      

Here is a way to calculate the 2 days until the Jews are “revived” (Hosea 6:2) by adding 2,000 years to the date when Jesus began His ministry , not the date of the Cross.  In this case you use the date that Jesus was born in 5 BC and then add 30 years, when He would have qualified as a priest to began His ministry at the Feast of Trumpets in the year 26 AD.  His crucifixion would have been 3 1/2 year later at Passover in 30 AD.  In this case the “Favorable Year of the Lord” that Jesus refereed too when He read from Isaiah 6:12, was the 80th Jubilee year or the year 4,000 AM which occurred in 26 AD.  Then to do the math you simply add 2,000 years to 26 AD which equals 2026 AD, the 120th Jubilee year, the 6,000 year since creation, the year when Jesus returns in judgment at then end of the Tribulation period and the Jews recognize Him as their Messiah!  Then subtract 7 years from 2026 AD to calculate the beginning of the Tribulation period and the rapture of the Church, 2026 – 7 = 2019 AD … the 5993 sign!  

I will continue to look for Jesus and analyze the evidence pointing to His Soon RETURN.  Jesus reprimanded the Pharisees for NOT knowing the TIME of His FIRST visitation and Jesus TOLD us to WATCH the SIGNS for His RETURN.  

Blessed are those servants whom the master, when he comes, will find watching. Assuredly, I say to you that he will gird himself and have them sit down to eat, and will come and serve them. – Luke 12:37  

Looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, – Titus 2:13

This is a study of the year of Christ’s return as told in the Psalms.  I have heard a few people comment that the number of the Psalms match a prophecy for the year in this 20th century, so this is my understanding on the possible connection between the Psalms and Christ’s return.   The premise is that Psalm 1= 1901 AD and Psalm 101 = 2001 … etc.  The most interesting are the years from 2014 until 2018, the year of the Rapture/Tribulation and the year 2025, the year of the Lord’s return to reign (click here for a video about this).

The book of Psalm has an interesting construction in relation to itself and the Bible as a whole.  The shortest Psalm is 117 and the longest is 119 and in between is the Messianic Psalm about Jesus!  Also when the Bible is considered as a whole, Psalm 118 is basically in the middle of the Bible.  In other words just like Jesus divides history into BC and AD, Jesus divides the Bible by OT and NT and most importantly He divides soul and spirit (Hebrews 4:12)!  Jesus did not come to “unite” the world in their sin but to divide the world between those who believe in Him and those who reject Him.  Jesus is the judgement sickle cutting down the harvest (Joel 3:13Revelation 14:15) and the widowing fork who separates the wheat from the chaff (Matthew 3:12) and puts the wheat in His barn and burns up the chaff in His wrath!

Psalm 114 = 2014 – Tremble O earth before the Lord, blood moon warning!

Psalm 115 = 2015 – Warning to the nations to praise God, blood moon warning!

Psalm 116 = 2016 – God has heard the prayers of His people and will deliverance them from death.  A Christian is martyred, 1 every 6 minutes.

Psalm 117 = 2017  – Praise the Lord all nations.  This is what the solar eclipse and the Revelation 12 sign proclaimed.  Repent, give glory to God, prepare to met Your maker!

Psalm 118 = 2018 – This Psalm speaks of entering thru the gates of righteousness (19-20) which is like entering into the door to Heaven Revelation 4:1 which seems to speak about the rapture of the Church.  Then comes the “day that the Lord has made” (24) which seems to speak about the Day of the Lord, the beginning of the seven year Tribulation.

Psalm 119 = 2019 – This Psalm speaks about the law and ordinances of the Lord, as though Church Age of Grace has ended and the Jewish Age of Law has resumed beginning with the 7 year covenant and rebuilding of the temple.  Note, I found a reference to the rapture in  Psalm 119:62 – At midnight I will rise to give thanks unto thee because of thy righteous judgments.   At the midnight hour (at the voice of the Bridegroom Matthew 25:6)  I will “rise” (by the rapture/translation to meet Jesus in the air 1 Thessalonians 4:16) and escape God’s righteous judgement upon the earth (watch and pray to be found strong in faith at the time of the escape/rapture, ready to stand before the Lord at the Bema seat Luke 21:26).

Psalm 120 = 2020 – Tribulation and attack from the first four seal judgements.

Psalm 121 = 2021 – The Lord’s blessing for those persecuted, fifth seal.

Psalm 122 = 2022 – Going to the house of the Lord (the mid tribulation – AoD)

Psalm 123 = 2023 – God is seen in Heaven on His throne – wrath begins

Psalm 124 = 2024 – The escape from the flood by the Jews, the last 3 1/2 years

Psalm 125 = 2025 – Christ return at Armageddon

Psalm 126 = 2026 – The resurrection of the Jews and reign of Christ for 1,000 years

Psalm 134 = 2034 – New Millennium temple services begin

Rogersings calculated Dates (taken from an NASB)

BC Date Event Calculated AM Date
3974 BC The Creation 0
3834 Seth born 130
3739 Enos born 235
3649 Cainan born 325
3579 Mahalaleel born 395
3514 Jared born 460
3352 Enoch born 622
3287 Methuselah born 687
3100 Lamech born 874
2918 Noah born 1056
2418 Shem, Ham, Japheth 1556
2319 Great Flood of Noah 1655
2316 Arphaxad born 1658
2281 Salah born 1693
2251 Eber born 1723
2217 Peleg born 1757
2188 Nimrod born 1786
2187 Reu born 1787
2155 Serug born 1819
2135 Nahor born 1849
2096 Terah born 1878
1966 Abram born 2008
1891 Terah died 2083
1837 Isaac born 2107
1807 Jacob & Esau born 2167
1699 Joseph sold into Egypt 2275
1676 Jacob moved to Egypt 2298
1659 Jacob died at age 147 2315
1605 Joseph died 2369
1541 Moses born 2433
1461 Exodus from Egypt 2513
1420 Sun stood still 2554


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Diligently Rest

“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. – Matthew 11:28

Therefore let us be diligent to enter that rest, so that no one will fall, through following the same example of disobedience. – Hebrews 4:11

These two statements seem to contradict one another … “Jesus will give you rest” and “you must be diligent to enter His rest”.  The word “diligent” means with great effort … this is nothing restful about diligence … it means to leave no rock un-turned in searching out a matter to see if it is the highest and the best.  This is what is called an oxymoron or a paradox … it’s something that seems contradictory at face value but is none the less true in light of the truth of Jesus Christ. 

He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. – 2 Corinthians 5:21
The call to labor with diligence to enter God’s rest is not a call to do good works to try and prove you are worthy to enter God’s rest but it is a call to “think critically” about your Self Indulgent Nature (SIN) and discern that you are NOT worthy to enter God’s rest.  Only Jesus has proven He is worthy to enter into the presence of God (by his work on the cross – His death, burial and resurrection) and by Grace through faith in Jesus Christ (our confession of belief in Jesus) we are imputed the righteousness of Christ before God.
It is by Repentance (a change of mind about self) and Faith (belief in Jesus) that a person enters into the place of rest (Salvation – Eternal Life) and then by being obedience to the call of faith (denying self and believing in the Jesus) a person enjoys the place of rest in this world and the person identifies more and more with Jesus (Sanctification) until we inherit the fullness of His eternal rest in Heaven, a resurrected body (Glorification).  Many people fear that if they enter into a relationship with Jesus that He will call them to do something they don’t want to do but this is the farthest thing from the truth.  It is only after we into into a relationship with Jesus that we discover who God created us to be … we find our purpose and our joy! 

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should – not perish but have everlasting life. – John 3:16

The “Rest” we are talking about is the rest of having “everlasting life” with Jesus.  We are Physically born with a sin nature, a Self Indulgent Nature, separated from God and sentenced to remain that way eternally.  We born rebels toward Jesus, wanting to to rule over our own self and if we remain in this state of rebellion, rejecting Jesus we will die in our sin.  By Grace through faith in Jesus Christ a person can be Spiritual “born again” and receive a new nature of Christ, so Christ is ruling over their soul eternally, they are united to everlasting life with Christ …a shared life in a relationship with Jesus.  

John 3:3-5 ” Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born, can he?”  Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.“

Yes, this is the gospel of Grace, the good news by which anyone who believes/calls on the name of the Lord is Saved!  Yes, this the good new of everlasting life that can never be taken from you and you cannot lose it either!  Once you are saved you are “perfect” in your position of righteousness before God because God sees you as the righteousness of Christ and you can “rest” in the truth that you cannot be separated from the Love of God.  You are perfect before God because of who you are “a child of God in Christ” … not because of what you’ve done.  Hallelujah! 

So many people want to complicate the gospel message and the distort this good news.  The biggest enemy is your sin nature, your Self Indulgent Nature, that wants to deceive you into thinking you know what is best for your life.  Your sin nature says “you aren’t that bad” … just fake it until you make it.  Your sin nature suppresses the truth about your condition, that you are fearful of dying and you know that you are not perfect.  This is why you need Salvation in Jesus so you can receive forgiveness of your sin and eternal life.

But the bad news is that the old man of sin, your sin nature, is not removed when the new man of Christ is born in the you but the old sin man remains and wants to continue to rule and reign over you heart.  And the old man will continue to rule over you, if you don’t daily “deny” or “die” to self and live for Christ.  The old man will continue to convict you of sin and tell you that you are condemned before God.  This is why a believer must be diligent to stay in the rest of the Lord, trusting and abiding in Jesus at all times because it is the “new” man in Christ that abides in the believe that has no condemnation before God!

We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. – 2 Corinthians 10:5

And this is how you stay at rest … take every though captive to Christ.  Remember the bracelet WWJD, What Would Jesus Do?  Well what “What Would Jesus Think” WWJT is the more important question.  And this is the diligent work that a believer is to do, to take every though captive to the obedience of Christ.  The believer is suppose to search the scriptures to see if the thought is consistent with God’s word.  The Holy Spirit will lead us to all truth (John 16:13) and the Holy Spirit will confirm what the scripture says, so if you know the scripture you can rest in God promises … and you can do the good work out of a love for God, not as a means to prove your love for God or justify your Salvation in Christ.

This is the diligent labor … to think, to discern, to take every thought captive to Christ.  

(note this article is a work in progress … like me.  I hope to come back and clean it up).

REST – Rely Ever Savior’s Truth
Once In Christ Always In Christ  – OICAIC
The Rapture is our Blessed Hope.  Being with Jesus is our desire, going home and being free from our doubts and fear.
This is the problem with a works mentality, it focuses on what I am doing on earth instead of what Jesus has done and is doing in Heaven.  Jesus said one thing is needful, a relationship with Him, and Mary had chosen to sit at the feet of Jesus and rest in His goodness, and this would not be taken from her.  Jesus is our reward.  (Luke 10:42)
The work is thinking, examining yourself, believing in God’s promises and listening to the Holy Spirit.  Not positive thinking of what we think is good, like material blessings.  Pentecostal movement is about staying at a  emotional high and in a rich materialist lifestyle.  The Grace movement is about abiding in Christ and enduring shame for the sake of the gospel.
There is no time left, there is a sense of urgency to sound the alarm, finish the preaching of the good news, making the gospel of Grace clear!  The truth of Salvation in Christ and Christ along by Grace alone by faith alone is under attack.
The labor is to believe, to crucify the old man, the flesh and allow the new man to be define your identity.  Take all thoughts captive.  I work, not I but Christ works in me.

He wants to see a smile on our face at the end of our race:


I agree that this movement to boldly proclaim the Salvation by Grace from the starting line to the finish line is to prepare us to be confident and rejoicing at the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ at the Rapture. And this proclamation that we make today will leave behind a testimony of what it means to be the pure Bride of Christ when we are taken! It’s all by His Grace!
that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless. – Ephesians 5:27

Now, little children, abide in Him, so that when He appears, we may have confidence and not shrink away from Him in shame at His coming. – 1 John  2:28

I am sure of this, that He who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. – Phil 1:6
The works that flow from us as we abide in Christ will be rewarded by Christ but works don’t Save us or Sanctify us. Hope I didn’t muddy up the water of God’s Grace at the end here.  Blessings to you brother,  Maranatha!

Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.  – Hebrews 4:11 KJV

Our labour is to put to death the old man and send the enemy to flight through seeking God, taking up our cross, renewing our mind with the word of God, following Christ, being led by the Holy Spirit, spiritual warfare, etc. These exercises are how we are diligent, earnest or labour.

By so labouring we then enter into our rest. Every day we should come into our Father’s presence in the name of Christ Jesus our Lord. This pattern is according to the heavenly as God is at rest having completed His work. It is therefore no longer just one day in the week. For that is the pattern of the old. Jesus’ new Sabbath is a permanent rest where we are to walk in the fullness of Christ all the time.


Notice, the author of Hebrew is talking to Saved Jews and is encouraging them not to return to the Law but continue to rest in the assurance of the Grace that saved them from the Law. 

A quick example came to mind, think of it as sitting in a rocking char, you sit to enter the rest but you rock to enjoy the rest.  

So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure. – Phil 2:12-13  Note, in this proclamation by Paul for people to obey God, he is drawing their attention to the Holy Spirit that is at work in the believer to accomplish the good work that was started in the believer … which he previously stated in Phil 1:6 (one of my favorite passages) For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. The focus of good works is Christ because what we do flows from who we are. If we are in Christ, focusing on Christ, dwelling on Christ, abiding in Christ then we will do good works of Christ but we do not claim that these works are what saves us or prove that we are saved.

A Grace believer does not claim that they are saved because they focus on Jesus or they are saved while they are focusing on Jesus. A Grace believer does not claim that when they focus on driving instead of Jesus that they are in Salvation limbo land and if they honk the horn because they are cut off in traffic they have lost their salvation and go to Salvation hell, so they have to pull over, repent and be saved all over again in order to reclaim their place in the line of Salvation. It is belief in Jesus Christ that saves us, satisfies us and will ultimately redeem us from this honking body!

God has a plan for man to be at rest with Him, as He rested on the seventh day.  Adam and Eve could have entered that rest if they had not eaten from the tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil.  

After my Dad had been retired for a couple of years I asked him what he did all day?  … and he said for 6 days he does nothing and on the 7th day he rests.   I think my Dad was a believer in Jesus for his Salvation but I don’t know how seriously he took his relationship with Christ because I never saw him open a Bible and he didn’t want to discuss Bible scriptures with me.  My father was a good provider for our family, he supported us in our education and gave us gifts … he had a good grasp of earthly retirement and early rest but he didn’t really speak in terms of a Godly life and Heavenly rest.   

Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. – 2 Corinthians 5:17

I have written several articles on God’s Amazing Grace and how it stands in opposition to man’s works.  Most of the articles focus on how “Grace Alone” saves a person but this article focuses on how the Grace that saved also seals, sanctifies and completes the good work of Salvation that Christ begins in a believer.  A born again believer is a “new creation” in Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 5:1) … praise the Lord!  The new creation is a believers new Spiritual self that lives in old body with the old sin nature man.  The degree that your new Spiritual self will grow and rest in Christ is proportional to the degree that you believe and grown in the knowledge of your new identify in Christ.

“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.” – John 5:24

The works of animal sacrifice that people did in the O.T. were not to obtain Salvation or keep Salvation but they were done to rest in the fellowship of the Lord.  And this is true today, there is no works to obtain Salvation or keep Salvation.  Jesus paid it all.  My belief in Jesus is all the work that I do to obtain Salvation and my belief that I am saved does not keep me saved but it confirms in my conscience that which I have already agreed too. 

If you belief Jesus is able to save you and you have put your trust in Him as your Savior for eternal life then you belief that Jesus is a fraud or He is not able to keep His promise then you have not believed in the Jesus of the Bible.  If you believe Jesus is able to save you and you have put your trust in Him as your Savior for eternal life then you change your mind and do not want eternal life then you have not been saved by Jesus for no one wants to die in their sin.  If you think you have found a better way or Savior than Jesus, then you have not been saved by Jesus.  If you think you have not lived up to the life that is necessary to be saved or stay saved by Jesus … then you have not believed in Jesus.

For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world– our faith. Who is the one who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? – 1 john 5:4-5

It all comes down to believing what God said is true vs believing what man thinks is true.  If you think there is something in addition to belief that you must do to be saved or stay saved then this is “behavior” … this is works … this is a cult of man!  RUN!

He who began the good work in you will be faithful to complete it.  – Phil 1:6

Sanctification is not a measure of your works but you will be lead to do the works of God if you are in fellowship with God.  (Click here for a good video on resting in Christ)


Jacob – from Schemer to Dreamer to Blessed Redeemer

Jacob is a lesson of the old natural born man and the new “born again” man that God wants to create in each of us.  Jacob’s name means to supplant (to take the place of).  Jacob was born holding the heel of his older twin brother Esau but even though Jacob was second born his name meant he would take the place of the first born in the family.
The LORD said to her,
“Two nations are in your womb;
And two peoples will be separated from your body;
And one people shall be stronger than the other;
And the older shall serve the younger.”   – Genesis 25:23
Most likely, Rebecca shared this message from the Lord with Jacob and the two of them should have been encouraged and assured that God would fulfill His promise to make Jacob the patriarch of the family but instead they resort to tricky to steal the birth right and blessings from Esau.   It is not that Esau was innocent by any means for he despised the birth right and didn’t want to fulfill the promise of God … in this way he was kind of like Cain, rebellious and hateful toward God and his brother who loved God.
By the grace of God, in this case, two wrongs somehow did achieve the purpose of God but it also instilled a bad character trait into Jacob, he trusted in his ability to trick people to get ahead in the world.  Also, it seems like God uses Laban to teach Jacob that tricky works two way, as Laban tricked Jacob to work and extra seven years for his first wife and then later changed his wages.  Finally, when Jacob has had enough of Laban’s trickery, Jacob returns home to Bethel, the place where he dreamed of the ladder reaching to Heaven.  But before he crosses the Jordan river toward Bethel and Jerusalem, Jacob devises a scheme to win his brother Esau by sending him gifts and to trick him by dividing up his family into two groups and sending them ahead.   
Jacob finds himself all alone, like when he first ran from Esau, and the thought of meeting the wrath of an angry brother was on his mind.  As he laid down to sleep the Angle of the Lord (Jesus) came down from Heaven to wrestle with him through the night.  Jacob knew the blessing of God’s promise but he wanted them based on the approval of his scheming methods.  I guess this was a “come to Jesus” kind of moment for Jacob.  The good thing is Jacob clung to Jesus … this is like a marriage, the two become one.  When we are born again in Jesus, we are married to Him forever … for better, in spite of our worse. 
Ultimately, the Angel of the Lord, ends the fight by putting Jacob’s hip out of socket, to remind Jacob who really won and who really blesses.   At this time Jacob’s name is changed to “Israel” which means “God contends”!   At this point on in the Bible, you can see when the name Israel is mentioned it shows that Jacob is trusting and resting in the Lord, and when the name Jacob is used, he goes back to his scheming ways.
Jacob’s struggle with God is symbolic of his struggle with his inner self. God wanted to enter into a relationship with Jacob, however, he couldn’t do so until Jacob admitted his weakness of self-reliance, deceit, and trickery.  When Jacob refused to surrender to God, a mere divine touch on Jacob’s hip forced the young man to surrender and admit his utter need for God (Genesis 25-26).
 I think Jacob is a lesson of the born again man that God wants to create in each of us, one dependent and resting in Jesus, allowing God’s will to be done!  
Gen 32: 32 Therefore to this day the children of Israel do not eat the muscle that shrank, which is on the hip socket, because He touched the socket of Jacob’s hip in the muscle that shrank.
Traditions of men…eat the meat people…!
Gen 27:27 He (Issac) smelled the smell of his (Jacob) clothing, and blessed him and said: “Surely, the smell of my son.  Is like the smell of a field.  Which the Lord has blessed. 28 Therefore may God give you.  Of the dew of heaven,Of the fatness of the earth,And plenty of grain and wine. 29 Let peoples serve you,And nations bow down to you.  Be master over your brethren,And let your mother’s sons bow down to you.  Cursed be everyone who curses you,And blessed be those who bless you!”

It’s hard to understand why God allowed the tricky of Jacob to the way that he received the blessing from his father Issac.  We can see later on that the bad character habit becomes a burden to him and late in his life he says he has seen nothing but trouble all his days.  


About Jesus

It is humbling to try and write something that describes Jesus since John who knew Jesus in the flesh said John 21:25  And there are also many other things which Jesus did, which if they were written in detail, I suppose that even the world itself would not contain the books that would be written.”   So, instead of describing His many wonderful attribute, I’ll focus on His most important attribute … love.

this much

“Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, there’s just something about that name”,  begins a beautiful praise song to Jesus.  Or “You can have all the world, give me Jesus”  is another favorite that speaks of our need for Jesus above all other things.  And “Yes, Jesus loves me”  is so simple and pure, it breaks through to the root of why we need Jesus … for His love.  And no One loves us more than Jesus does.  He loved us so much that He died in our place, not like a soldier who saves us from physical death by jumping on a grenade but He saved us from our Spiritual death, the death we are due because of our sin.  Jesus saved us from eternal death and separation from God.  He became sin who knew no sin.  Jesus is fully man, so he was tempted as we are and He is fully God so that yet though He was tempted, He did not sin.  He has passed the test of obedience toward God as man, He lived the perfect life that we didn’t.  He has the won the victory over death and has therefore claimed the right to save us from our Spiritual death penalty, by dying in our place!   Furthermore, Jesus has rose from the dead and showed us the new body and life we will have if we confess our sin, die to self and put our trust in Him.  Halleluiah!

Even in the very beginning, Adam and Eve needed the love of Jesus and He was there to fill that need.  When God walked in the garden with Adam and Eve, it was God in the form of His Son, Jesus, who walked with them, cared for them, instructed them in what was right and what was wrong.  Perhaps we will never understand why Adam and Eve trusted Satan over Jesus but even in the midst of the worst tragedy to befall mankind and creation (sin and death), Jesus was there to make a way for man to rejoin Him in a “new and coming” garden of Eden.  Genesis 3:8 “They heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden.”  A very, very, long and painful way, and much painful and difficult for Jesus than for us.  Jesus made a way when we didn’t deserve a way.  That is what grace is, getting something we don’t deserve, eternal life with Jesus.  And mercy is it’s twin, not getting what we do deserve, death and eternal separation from Jesus.

If you read the Why am I here page, I poke holes in a lot of philosophies and religions.  And, this has value to expose falsehood and get people to consider the truth but often times it just causes people to dig in their heels of resistance even further.  Because good arguments, logic and facts are only tools to tear down the walls of our hearts and expose our real need, the need to be loved.  And this is something only Jesus can do.  The need to be loved for who we really are is a void in our heart that only Jesus can fill.  He is always there to love us.  Jesus is always knocking at the door of your heart, wanting to come in and dine with you.  And the day that you turn to Jesus for His love and you hear Him say “I love you”, you will never again doubt who you are or why you are here or fear where you are going because you will know you belong to Jesus and you are with Him.  Wherever you go or wherever He takes you, Jesus is with you, always, forever.  As a born-again child of God, you will never be separated from Jesus or from His love.

Romans 8:35 “Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Just as it is written, FOR YOUR SAKE WE ARE BEING PUT TO DEATH ALL DAY LONG; WE WERE CONSIDERED AS SHEEP TO BE SLAUGHTERED. But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Click on this link for information on how to be saved and know you are saved:  http://die2live.worthyofpraise.org/about-salvation/

Jesus Greatest Man in History

– Rogersings


About You

Doesn’t it seem strange that I am writing about you, yet I have probably never meet you.   No, I am not a NSA agent.  What I know about you is what I know to be true about everyone.  Because we are made in the image of God, we share some attributes of God and we therefore share these attributes with each another.  Genesis 1:26 “Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”  Don’t be confused, we are godlike but we are not God.  We share some attributes with God but the fullness of His attributes we will never have.  For more about God, see this link About God.

cutting in line     declaration of independence

What I know about you is that you are a moral person, you know what is morally right and what is morally wrong.  For instance if you were waiting in a line to see a movie for a long time, over an hour, slowly moving toward the ticket counter and right as you reached the counter, I walked up stepped in front of you.  Well, an alarm would go off in your head that I had done something morally wrong to you and to everyone else who has been waiting patiently.  You would instantly know that what I did was not fair but why?  Cutting in line isn’t a written law, it is an unwritten one that everybody knows and respects … for the most part.  This unwritten moral law is written on your heart because you are made in the image of God.  Our founding fathers understood this and called it “the Laws of Nature”.  This is the reason they wrote the Declaration of Independence, to declare that British had violated the Laws of Nature concerning the people of America and we were therefore justified by God in declaring independence from them. When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.”

spirit-soul-body-mind-emotions-will    body soul spirit

You can see from the image above that man is a three part being of body, soul and spirit.  The moral image of God is what allows you to tell right from wrong.  Because Adam and Eve ate of the tree, your soul (mind) knows what is the morally right thing to do but because you are Spiritual disconnected from God at birth, you don’t have the Spiritual power to follow through and do the right thing all the time.  This disconnected Spiritual state occurred as judgement when Adam and Eve disobeyed God and ate the forbidden fruit and this disconnected Spiritual condition is passed down to us.

Without a Spiritual connection to God, your spiritual self that is supposed to lead your soul self (your personality, thoughts, reasoning, will and feeling) can not do it’s job correctly.  So your soul self is influenced by your own reasoning and your feelings and input from your physical self (your sight, hearing, taste, touch and memories) which is a terrible arrangement.  Your feelings make a great caboose but a terrible engine.  Your feelings react to the environment and want what is best for #1 (you) at all times.  Your soul self has plenty of input from your body, such as memories of what you like and what make you happy but no input from God.  Your Spiritual self is disconnected from God which makes trying to live a life pleasing to God an impossible task.

Road-Rage   Road+Rage_blinker

For instance, you have probably thought at some time how much quicker and easier it would be if you cut in front of someone else in line, you probably thought of doing it but didn’t act upon it.  This is the temptation to sin but it is not sin.  Perhaps, however if you dwelt upon how long you have been waiting in line, you might become upset with all the people in front of you and wished they would hurry up, leave or drop dead.  Now, this however is a mental decision to sin, wishing undeserved harm upon someone else, simply to satisfy your selfish desire to be sitting in the movie theater.

Don’t misunderstand, it is not merely doing what is right and striving to be morally right that pleases God.  God didn’t send His Son, Jesus, to make bad people good but He came to make dead people alive.  Being good for goodness sake, is something that please Santa Clause, not God.  Man’s righteousness is like filthy rags before God.  Isaiah 64:4 “All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.”  Man’s ability to do what is right is misguided and self serving because we are Spiritually disconnected from God.  A man may have good intentions for what he does but not God’s good and perfect will for what should be done.  This is the root of the problem, we are born rebels to God, sinners that are spiritually disconnected from God.  We naturally go our way doing our will instead of God’s way and do God’s will.

This disconnected status also has a double death sentence associated with it, (1) your body that is dying and will die (2) your Spirit self that is disconnected from God and will remain permanently disconnected from God if you body dies (this is the second death).  Worse still, at physical death, your Soul self will wait in hell to one day be cast into the lake of fire for eternal punishment with Satan, the fallen angels and other unbelievers.  This judgment is upon you when you are born, you are born to die physically and then die again Spiritually, unless the Spiritual death sentence that is upon you is pardoned.  Nature’s moral law is manifest in your conscience when it convicts you of your immoral behavior and thoughts.  I think this is perhaps a Spiritual message from God that is meant to cause you to repent and seek God’s forgiveness in His Son, Jesus Christ.  God wants to pardon you, be re-connected to you (born-again) and redeem you.  The purpose of the conviction of your sin is not to cause you to take some medication, rationalize your guilt, join a support group, read a self-help book or harden your heart to sin but to be saved from sin.  Because God has revealed to each man his sinful nature, man is without excuse before God for rejecting His plan of redemption in Jesus Christ.

christ on cross      tin man

Some people say, “well I’m not so bad, I haven’t killed anyone”.  But you have killed someone, your sin killed God’s only begotten Son, Jesus Christ.  Your sin held Jesus to cross and my sin held Jesus to the cross, we are all murderers.  Sin is a serious issue, it is the reason that our bodies decay and die.  Sin is the reason that a car rusts, food spoils, weeds overtake the yard and we have to spray WD-40 on things to get them to move.  Sin is the reason we fight with one another and the reason we will never be able to live in peace on earth until Christ reigns in each and every heart.  Sin must be eliminated in order to usher in a restored heaven and earth.  God hasn’t given up on his plan for man to reign and rule on earth but man must first be make into a “Kingdom Citizen” before he is fit to be in God’s Kingdom that will come to earth.

self on throne    Jesus-and-Self-Illustation1

Essentially, what I know about you is that you are a sinner, just like me.  You have a knowledge of what is right but a sin nature that does what is wrong.  Your sin nature wants to rebel against authority and be in charge.  But God is the One who created you for His pleasure and He has the authority to rule over you.  Now rebellion is good when we rebel against an immoral authority but this is not the case when we rebel against God.  We rebel against God because doing the right thing is hard to do and we don’t want to feel bad about not doing it so we lie to our self, saying that wasn’t so bad.  Who cares … God hasn’t struck me down yet.  However, God is not mocked by our rejections of Him or our indifference toward Him.  Man is without excuse for refusing to acknowledge his sin and repent from it.  God has made it clear that salvation in Jesus is they only way to gain eternal life with Him.  Romans 1:18-32 explains it best:

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures.

Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.

For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural,and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error.

And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them.

Don’t wait until your heart is hardened by a lifestyle of sin, to the point where your conscience ceases to convict you of your immoral behavior and thoughts.  The worst punishment God can bestow on someone is to be given over to their own sinful heart.  Jeremiah 17:9 “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?”  For God doesn’t want anyone to remain in a sinful state and perish but to have abundant everlasting life!  2 Peter 3:9 “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”

2_new_jerusalem wolk jump sheep  lion-lamb

The bottom line is that you have a free will.  God doesn’t force anyone to love Him and spend eternity with Him.  You can choose to ignore or disagree with all this information but this will not change God’s word or His will.  Ultimately, God is the only One who doesn’t get what He wants since God doesn’t want anyone to perish in their sin.  You could say when it comes to salvation, the will of man is greater than the will of God because the unbeliever gets what he wants, to die in his sin and be eternally separated from God and the believer gets what he wants, eternal life in Jesus Christ connected to God.  By grace through faith in Jesus Christ  you can ask Jesus into your heart and He will save you from the emptiness of sin and fill you with His Holy Spirit.  Jesus will give you eternal life if you ask Him to be Lord of your life

“if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” – Romans 10:9