Seals 1

​Under Roman law, scrolls were required to be sealed seven times, and it is known that the scrolls of Roman Emperors, such as Augustus and Vespasian, were sealed seven times. The point of similarity, here, is that the content would be a secret or a mystery until it was opened following the death of the Emperor. Some of this also seems to apply to Revelation five: Only the Lion-Lamb was qualified to open the seven-sealed scroll, as only God the Son had shed His blood and died; this seems to be emphasized in the statement describing the Lion-Lamb as “though He had been slain.” Though Roman practice may have been of some influence in John’s writing, I think the Jewish background fits it better. However, it is possible that John used both concepts here.

The First Seal: Rider on a White Horse

1And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see. 2And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.

STRONGS NT 3022: λευκός leukos (dead) white

In ancient Egypt and ancient Rome, priestesses wore white as a symbol of purity, and Romans wore a white toga as a symbol of citizenship.

White horses have a special significance in the mythologies of cultures around the world. They are often associated with the sun chariot, with warrior-heroes, with fertility or with an end-of-time saviour, but other interpretations exist as well. 

From earliest times, white horses have been mythologised as possessing exceptional properties, transcending the normal world by having wings (e.g. Pegasus from Greek mythology), or having horns (the unicorn). 

In Zoroastrianism, one of the three representations of Tishtrya, the hypostasis of the star Sirius, is that of a white stallion (the other two are as a young man, and as a bull). The most commonly used proper name of this star comes from the Latin Sīrius, from the Ancient Greek Σείριος (Seirios, “glowing” or “scorcher”), although the Greek word itself may have been imported from elsewhere before the Archaic period, one authority suggesting a link with the Egyptian god Osiris.

He that sat on the horse; this rider sets forth at the beginning of the Tribulation therefore it seems best to understand this rider as representing a movement which ultimately culminates in the one whom Jesus described as the Antichrist. 

STRONGS NT 5115: τόξον. Toxonoften for קֶשֶׁתa bow

This is the only time this Greek word is used to describe this bow. 

The Hebrew word commonly used for bow means properly to tread ( 1 Chronicles 5:18 ; 8:40 ), and hence it is concluded that the foot was employed in bending the bow. The bow is a symbol of victory ( Psalms 7:12 ). It denotes also falsehood, deceit ( Psalms 64:3 Psalms 64:4 ; Hosea 7:16 ; Jeremiah 9:3 ).

They bend their tongue; their bow is a lie, and not for truth, they are grown strong in the land; for they have gone forth from evil to evil, and have not known Me (Jeremiah 9:3).

That the bow is the doctrine of falsity is plainly shown for it is said, they bend their tongue; their bow is a lie, and not for truth. 

“The Antichrist is seen riding a white war-horse, and with bow in hand, but with no arrow fitted to it. The symbol suggests bloodless victories.” He would “come in peaceably, and seize the kingdom by intrigue . . . and after the league is made with him he shall act deceitfully” (. Dan. 11:21-23).

STRONGS NT 4735 stéphanos – properly, a wreath (garland), awarded to a victor in the ancient athletic games (like the Greek Olympics); the crown of victory NOT to be confused with 1238 /diádēma, “a royal crown”

[4735 (stéphanos) is used of a plaited wreath (“crown”), like the one made of thorns placed on the head of Christ at His trial (Mt 27:29, Mk 15:17; Jn 19:2,5).]

1238 /diádēma (“a royal crown”) is used three times in the NT – referring to: 

  • the pagan empires of ancient history which opposed God (Rev 12:3); 
  • the end-times coalition led by Antichrist (Rev 13:1); and 
  • the infinite majesty (kingshipof Christ (Rev 19:12).

I have loved but one flag and I cannot share that devotion and give affection to the mongrel banner invented for the League of Nations. – Henry Cabot Lodge

    1919

    The forerunner of the United Nations was the League of Nations, an organization / movement conceived during the first World War, and established in 1919 under the Treaty of Versailles “to promote international cooperation and to achieve peace and security.”  The League of Nations ceased its activities after failing to prevent the Second World War.

    Its primary goals, as stated in its Covenant, included:

    The League lasted for 26 years; the United Nations(UN) replaced it after the end of the Second World War on 20 April 1946. 

    And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors have reached their fullness, a king shall arise, having fierce features, who understands sinister schemes. His power shall be mighty, but not by his own power; he shall destroy fearfully, and shall prosper and thrive; he shall destroy the mighty, and also the holy people. Through his cunning He shall cause deceit to prosper under his rule; and he shall exalt himself in his heart. He shall destroy many in their prosperity. He shall even rise against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without human means. And the vision of the evenings and mornings which was told is true; therefore seal up the vision, for it refers to many days in the future. (Dan. 8:23-26)

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    11-13 Nisan

    ​12 Nisan

    2Ye know that after two days is the feast of the passover, and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified.

    3Then assembled together the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders of the people, unto the palace of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas,4And consulted that they might take Jesus by subtilty, and kill him5But they said, Not on the feast day, lest there be an uproar among the people.

    13 Nisan 

    17Now the first day of the feast of unleavened bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying unto him, Where wilt thou that we prepare for thee to eat the passover?

    14 Nisan

    … and they made ready the passover.

    20Now when the even was come, he sat down with the twelve. 21And as they did eat, he said, Verily I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.

    Passover NOT Ishtar

    Exodus 12; 6And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening. 

    8And they shall eat:

    • the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and 
    • unleavened bread; and 
    • with bitter herbs they shall eat it.



    John 19 29Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a spunge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth…  31The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, (for that sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away

    Cain

    The Descendants of Cain

    17And Cain knew his wife; and she conceived, and bare Enoch: and he builded a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of his son, Enoch. (Uruk). 

    The name of the city “Enoch” may have become known as the city of Uruk or Ereck that is recorded in the cuneiform tablets from Assyria. The “N”  sound is often reproduced by the “R” sound and the “CH” sound can become a “K”, “G” or “GH” sound.  Thus, it is easy to see that a city called “Enoch” could become “Uruk” or “Ereck” in the course of time.

    Ruins of Uruk

    18And unto Enoch was born Irad: and Irad begat Mehujael: and Mehujael begat Methusael: and Methusael begat Lamech

    1. Cain
    2.   Enoch means “dedication” because the city of Enoch was a new start for Cain.
    3. Irad means “townsman”. Arad = [עָרַגverb long for (compare Arabic  ascend, II. bend, incline toward ();  high, elevated; Ethiopic  ascend; Late Hebrew עֲרוּגָה = Biblical Hebrew);
    4.  Mehujael –  means “God gives life ( the –el ending is the word God as in elohim).  Mechuyael or Mechiyyayel: “smitten of God,” great-grandson of Cain
    5. Methushael – means “God’s man”.  From math and ‘el, with the relative interposed; man who (is) of God; 
    6. Lamech – means “conqueror”

    19And Lamech took unto him two wives: the name of the one was Adah, and the name of the other Zillah.20And Adah bare Jabal: he was the father of such as dwell in tents, and of such as have cattle. 21And his brother’s name was Jubal: he was the father of all such as handle the harp and organ.22And Zillah, she also bare Tubalcain, an instructer of every artificer in brass and iron: and the sister of Tubal cain was Naamah.

    1. Adah. From adah; ornament; adornment / beauty 
    2. Zillah.  Feminine of tsel;(shadow).  Name Meaning—Shadow of darkness or protection;
    3. Jabal. The same as yabal  The masculine noun יבל (yabal), meaning water course or conduit. This word is used only in plural (Isaiah 30:25 and 44:4).The adjective יבל (yabbal), meaning running, in the sense of a running (suppurating) sore (Leviticus 22:22)
    4. Jubal. The masculine noun יובל (yubal), meaning stream (Jeremiah 17:8 only).In Hebrew the meaning of the name Jubal is: The ram.
    5. Tubal cain.  The masculine noun תבל (tebel), meaning confusion or perversion (Leviticus 18:23 and Leviticus 20:12 only).The root-verb קין (qyn) occurs in cognate language with the meaning of to fit together, fabricate or forge. Derived nouns either have to do with metal work, or (curiously) with slaves singing or folks making music (perhaps in the sense of they being forged to do so?). The meaning of fabricating reminds of rootקנה (qana). In the Bible this root occurs only in the masculine noun קין (qayin), meaning spear (2 Samuel 21:16). This word for spear was possibly understood to refer to the way it was fabricated (forged; the point at least), but there’s also a natural association with the noun קנה (qana), meaning reed or stalk.
    6. Naam ah. The name Naamah comes from the verb נעם(naem) meaning be pleasant, sweet, delightful, beautiful:

    Josephus says that Lamech had 77 sons by Ada and Zillah (Ant., I, ii, 2).

    23And Lamech said unto his wives, Adah and Zillah, Hear my voice; ye wives of Lamech, hearken unto my speech: for I have slain a man to my wounding, and a young man to my hurt.

    24If Cain shall be avenged sevenfold, truly Lamech seventy and sevenfold.

    Meaning of Cain genealogy.  

    Man –  is brought forth – instructing –  one running wild – smitten of God – is a man of God –  so that despair –  overflow.  

    Interpretation of Lamech genealogy. 

    19And the pauper took unto him two wives: the name of the one was ornament/dawn, and the name of the other dark/shadow.20And dawn bare the shepherd: he was the father of such as dwell in tents, and of such as have cattle. 21And his brother’s name was the musician: he was the father of all such as handle the harp and organ.22And dark, she also bare the blacksmith, an instructer of every artificer in brass and iron: and the sister of blacksmith was pleasure/beauty. 

    So begins the Music (frequency)  and technology Era.  

    God 

    An autistic boy was taught by Elohim the functions of the triune:

    In the trinity –  

    • The father is the manager
    • The Son is the lover of operations
    • The Holy Spirit is the worker

    He is papa- He  is healer –  He is helper. 

    The world was created by only three functions that went like this :

    • Father thought it
    • Son loved it 
    • Holy Spirit carried out the plan

    That is how the trinity works.  So we should voice :

    • Father what do you think? 
    • Jesus what do you love? 
    • Holy Spirit what should we do about it? 

    Rapture or not

    Isaiah 57

    The Blessed Death of the Righteous

    1The righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart: and merciful men aretaken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away (asaph) from the evil to come.

    2He shall enter into peace: they shall rest in their beds, each one walking inhis uprightness.

    asaph: to gather, remove

    Original Word: אָסַף
    Part of Speech: Verb
    Transliteration: asaph
    Phonetic Spelling: (aw-saf’)
    Short Definition: gathered

    collected/disappear/gather an individual into company of others: object person especially gather to one’s father. Protection being implied

    Levitikus 23 

    39Also in the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when ye have gathered in the fruit of the land, ye shall keep a feast unto the LORD seven days: on the first day [shall be] a sabbath, and on the eighth day [shall be] a sabbath. 40And ye shall take you on the first day the boughs of goodly trees, branches of palm trees, and the boughs of thicktrees, and willows of the brook; and ye shall rejoice before the LORD your God seven days. 41And ye shall keep it a feast unto the LORD seven days in the year. [It shall be] a statute for ever in your generations: ye shall celebrate it in the seventh month. 42Ye shall dwell in booths seven days; all that are Israelites born shall dwell in booths: 43That your generations may know that I made the children of Israel to dwell in booths, when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I [am] the LORD your God. 44And Moses declared unto the children of Israel the feasts of the LORD.

     Corinthians 15:50-58

    50Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. 51Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed52In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death (2288) is swallowed up in victory. 55O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? 56The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin isthe law. 57But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

    2288 thánatos (derived from 2348/thnḗskō, “to die”) – physical or spiritualdeath; (figuratively) separation from the life (salvation) of God forever by dying without first experiencing death to selfto receive His gift of salvation

    Persecution 

    16Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. 17But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues; 18And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles. 19But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak.20For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you. Matthew 10

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    Paul at Athens

    16Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was stirred in him, when he saw the city wholly given to idolatry.

    The Parthenon itself replaced an older temple of Athena, which historians call the Pre-Parthenon or Older Parthenon, that was destroyed in the Persian invasion of 480 BC. The temple is archaeoastronomically aligned to the Hyades. While a sacred building dedicated to the city’s patron goddess, the Parthenon was actually used primarily as a treasury. For a time, it served as the treasury of the Delian League, which later became the Athenian Empire. In the final decade of the sixth century AD, the Parthenon was converted into a Christian church dedicated to the Virgin Mary.

     17Therefore disputed he in the synagogue with the Jews, and with the devout persons, and in the market daily with them that met with him.

    In the heart of the Ancient Agora of Athens, a mere stone’s throw away from the Acropolis, stood an unusual building believed by some scholars to have been the first synagogue in Greece dating back to the 5th century B.C.E.

     18Then certain philosophers of the Epicureans, and of the Stoicks, encountered him. And some said, What will this babbler say? other some, He seemeth to be a setter forth of strange gods: because he preached unto them Jesus, and the resurrection.

    Epicureans did believe in the gods, but did not believe that they intervened in the actions of the earth. Therefore, they believed that they had nothing to fear from the gods, and therefore nothing to fear from death. Life was simply to be lived, and therefore they concluded that the optimum life was lived as pleasurably as possible. 

    To the Stoics, everything literally had one defined nature and purpose. The nature and purpose of the human, being the only animal that reasons, is to live its life using his natural capacity for reason. This meant living in accordance with nature, natural order, and therefore the reason allows us to understand what the natural order of the world actually is

     19And they took him, and brought him unto Areopagus, saying, May we know what this new doctrine, whereof thou speakest, is20For thou bringest certain strange things to our ears: we would know therefore what these things mean. 21(For all the Athenians and strangers which were there spent their time in nothing else, but either to tell, or to hear some new thing.)

    In classical times, it functioned as the court for trying deliberate homicide. Ares was supposed to have been tried here by the gods for the murder of Poseidon’s son Halirrhothius. Later, the Romans referred to the rocky hill as “Mars Hill”, after Mars, the Roman God of War. The Areopagus was the council of elders of the city, similar to the Roman Senate.

    Paul Before the Areopagus

    22Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars’ hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious. 23For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you. 24God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; 25Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; 26And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; 27That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: 28For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.29Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device. 30And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: 31Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.

    32And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked: and others said, We will hear thee again of this matter33So Paul departed from among them. 34Howbeit certain men clave unto him, and believed: among the which was Dionysius the Areopagite, and a woman named Damaris, and others with them.

    Dionysius the Areopagite (Greek Διονύσιος ὁ Ἀρεωπαγίτης) was a judge of the Areopagus.