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Proper Deciphering and Its Keys

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Submitted by M. Tovey (United States), Sep 17, 2014 at 16:12

Hello Michael S;

While I may have been schooling myself in the Holy Writ for more than thirty-x years, there is much to demonstrate that a label of accomplished scholar is still one that has not yet been achieved. What is demonstrated, though, is a study that evidenced itself after an initial few years that did not make sense when trying to determine which way the definitions were to be utilized and which 'lexicon/dictionary' with their Hebrew/Greek alliterations' supported the spiritual take on Scripture.

From that perspective, I do not debate; but I will clear up for myself any perceived challenges to my understandings when and where it seems to be indicated, doing so with the mostly Muslim-world-view arbitrators who think that they can discern Biblical imperatives though an Islamic lens. In doing again, I have had to shed the 'down to earth' mortal perspective and like Isaiah, get a throne room view by the Holy Spirit to find out just why humanity cannot seem to get what the Lord is saying before it is too late.

The prophetic span you have presented differs in a way I am not sure I can definitively contrast or compare in this forum; after all, space is at a premium. Let it sufficient to layout the version presented to me which takes into account the life of Israel as it relates specifically and empirically to world events and destinies. There are the pre-captivity prophets; the prophets of the captivity; and then the post exilic sages.

Many different scholars have examined these in the context of their times and the implications of the effects (almost always concentrated on the theme of reconciliation Israel to her Eternal Father and His love them) and the general reconciliation of a loving Creator to His creation. From this, we can see how we differ.

First, to draw a distinction, knowing that the entirety of the Scriptures is inspired, the references to a preincarnate Messiah are sometime subliminal, other times overt; but always there is the connection from before the cross to after. This was the dilemma of the rulers of the Judean province of Pilate's time; they could not recognize who Messiah was for they did not keep the heart of the law, only its legalistics. Each of the prophets described Him for His foreshadowing of the events to comes, of the fulfillments of His first visit in His humanity (Isaiah 52-53); and of His second advent, His return in power beyond any of mankind's expectations as seen in the post-exilic prophesies.

Daniel indeed provides from the Babylonian exile the more poignant outline of the transitions that Israel must endure in the end of the age; for Daniel endured Israel's transitions during the Babylonian captivity. When Yeshua appeared the first time, Israel was and still is under the judgment in the Devarim, Deuteronomy chapters 29 and 30, where they still are today. Ezekiel and Zechariah, in that order, explain the processes that eventually will lead to Israel's ultimate destiny, but Yeshua cautions in Matthew in quoting based upon Zechariah 13:8-9: For I tell you, you will not see me again, until you say, 'Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Matthew 23:29, Luke 13:35.

This is what the world is being driven to, to magnify the Eternal Sovereign at the hands of Israel; and that is where a certain expression of the issues of Israel are going to be determined 'in that day', by her returning King, who (Zech 9:9) will not be entering on a donkey; the second time He enters Jerusalem it will be triumphantly (Zech 14:3-4, 9).

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