Timely advice is as lovely as golden apples in a silver basket.
Proverbs 25:11 (NLT)
What was Solomon saying here? Golden apples in a silver basket may make a pretty picture you your mind, but it may not mean a great deal – unless you understand the subtlety of the bible. For every passage of the Holy Bible, there is literal meaning; a face value message for the reader. However, the majority of Holy Scripture contains hidden treasures which must be drawn out or inferred from the surrounding passage, or passages found elsewhere. Why did Solomon use this terminology? If you hold an apple in your hand, you will only see one half of it. When you hold the Word of God – the Golden Apple - in your hand, there is the surface meaning. However, it is surrounded by a silver bowl. This allows you to peer in and see the entire apple in the reflection. Because of this depth, most people never learn these deep biblical truths. This page is designed to open many of these Golden Apples for you to see plainly. As you learn them, I hope you learn to realize that the words you have in front of you are the very words of your Holy Creator, meant to guide you in every situation you may encounter in your life. … “This is the one I esteem: he who is humble and contrite in spirit, and trembles at my word.” Isaiah 66:2
Don't quit early!
Did you know that the plan of redemption, the Cross is mentioned from the VERY FIRST sentence of the bible. The first sentence says Be'reshit bara elohim eth ha'shemayim v'et ha'eretz. Here it is in Hebrew:
(Hebrew courtesy of Vern Jenkins at The Other Bible Code - click on picture)
Notice the middle word "eth" spelled with the Hebrew letters Aleph and Tav. Interestingly, these letters have evolved. Originally they looked much different. Click here to go to the link to verify my comments. The letter aleph was represented by a bull and - believe it or not the tav, by a cross. Now follow along.... Aleph spelled backwards is Pela, meaning "wonderful." Therefore you have "the Wonderful Cross in the very first sentence of Scripture. Also, on Yom Kippur, the High Priest's sacrifice was different than that for the people. Go to Leviticus 16 and you will see his sacrifice was a bull! There you have the bull - representing our High Priest, and the Cross on which he was crucified, and the fact that this is wonderful. One final thing....Tav backwards would spell v'et...meaning "and eth." There you have the statement - the Wonderful Cross and the Wonderful Cross and the Wonderful Cross - on into eternity! Amen.
The first 10 names in the genealogy of Christ are as follows:
Mahalalel The blessed God
Jared Shall come down
Methuselah His death shall bring
Lamech The despairing
Noah Rest – Comfort
There you have the Gospel in a nutshell – Man - appointed – mortal – sorrow – the blessed God – shall come down – teaching – His death shall bring – the despairing – rest – comfort. Right from the creation of man, the plan was already being reflected in the Silver below the Golden Apple.
This is really beautiful. I obtained this from the Wycliffe Bible Commentary. In 1 Chronicles 25:4, there is a list of names of the sons of Hananiah. These names, when translated from the Hebrew form the following prayer of Heman about his work as a prophet-singer: (6th)Be gracious to me, oh Lord, (7th) be Thou gracious unto me! (8th) My God, Thou; (9th) I've praised (10th) and exalted for helping; (11th) Though sitting forlorn, (12th) I've proclaimed (13th) highest (14th) visions.
Jacob called the place Bethel--"house of God"--because God had spoken to him there. Leaving Bethel, they traveled on toward Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem). But Rachel's pains of childbirth began while they were still some distance away. After a very hard delivery, the midwife finally exclaimed, "Don't be afraid--you have another son!" Rachel was about to die, but with her last breath she named him Ben-oni; the baby's father, however, called him Benjamin. So Rachel died and was buried on the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem). Genesis 35:15-19. Here we have a very interesting parallel in the person of Benjamin as a picture of Christ to come. Leaving Bethel, the house of God, Benjamin was born on the way to Bethlehem. He was first named Ben-oni (son of my sorrow), but later Benjamin (son of my right hand). The Jewish scholars debated for ages what this meant. Would the Messiah be a suffering servant? Would he be the victorious leader? Or would there be two Messiahs? They failed to realize what was coming? God himself would come down (from the House of God) and be born in Bethlehem. He would, on his first coming be the suffering servant and return as the conquering leader on his second visit - coming soon!
Ifyou have ever read the account of Abraham’s testing, you should have noticed the parallel to Christ’s crucifixion. The only son carries the wood on his back up the hill as the only Son - Christ - carried the cross up to Calvary. The father was to perform the sacrifice, just as the Father allowed the great, final sacrifice. Both occurred in the same location as indicated Genesis 22:14 “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.” Abraham said “God himself will provide the lamb for the sacrifice.” and this is just what happened – the Lamb of God was sacrificed for the sins of the whole world. This is the great Golden Apple reflected in silver.
Luke 19:9 says: Jesus said to him, "Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham.” The true pun of this doesn’t come clearly to us because most of us don’t speak Hebrew, but what Jesus was saying becomes clear when you realize his name in Hebrew is Yeshua – meaning “salvation.” He was not only saying the house of Zacchaeus had been saved, but was making it known that the real Salvation had arrived! This same train of thought goes all throughout the Old Testament. When you see the word “salvation” it is most often the Hebrew “Yeshua.” Psalm 118:14 says, “The LORD is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.” If this doesn’t pretty well describe the plan in advance, I don’t know what does. Translate it this way – The LORD is my strength and my song; he has become my Jesus.” Don’t ever listen to one who denies the deity of Christ. Both Testaments are very clear in their announcing the coming of God in flesh.
The name Jesus in the Greek language can be broken down numerically into the value 888. Eight signifies new beginnings (e.g. 8 lives saved on the ark during the flood, 8th day circumcision, etc.) The whole New Testament is in the Greek language (a new beginning - although the authors are Jewish) and revolves around the New Covenant in Jesus' blood.
The term "third day" is used over 40 times in the Holy Bible. It has a potential prophetic significance in many of these situations. Consider Psalm 90:4 "For a thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night." and again 2 Peter 3:8 "But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day." These statements show the way to the Golden Apple of the "third day." In Hosea 6:2 we read "After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will restore us, that we may live in his presence." This is referring to the Jews in exile after the destruction of Jerusalem in AD70. After two thousand years (two days) they were restored. Now we have begun the third day and we expect His soon return where he will restore the Kingdom to the nation of Israel. Another example comes from John 2:1 "On the third day a wedding took place..." This is a prophecy that will be fulfilled at the rapture when the Bride of Christ is brought home. This same pattern can be found using other numbers of days found throughout the bible. The silver around the Golden Apple of one day being like a thousand years opens up these passages to their hidden meaning.
In the book Song of Solomon is the following verse:
Look! It is Solomon's carriage,
escorted by sixty warriors,
the noblest of Israel,
all of them wearing the sword,
all experienced in battle,
each with his sword at his side,
prepared for the terrors of the night. SS 3:7:8
What does this signify? The carriage symbolizes the divine throne and the 60 mighty men about it are the sixty Hebrew letters of the Birkat Kohanim - the priestly blessing, which ends with the wish for peace.
"The LORD bless you
and keep you;
the LORD make his face shine upon you
and be gracious to you;
the LORD turn his face toward you
and give you peace." Numbers 6:24-26
The genealogy of Christ listed at Luke 3:23 starts with Jesus and moves backwards exactly 77 names to God.
Judah means Praise! When the Israelites set out in traveling or to battle they went first. This is a lesson for each of us. In all circumstances - let Praise of God go first!!!
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Psalm 136 states 26 times "His love endures forever."
26 also equals the numeric value in Hebrew of YHWH - the tetragrammaton which we translate as Jehovah. Truly God is love and his love endures forever!
Jesus said to them, "Bring some of the fish you have just caught."
Simon Peter climbed aboard and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish, 153, but even with so many the net was not torn. John 21:10, 11
What is the significance of the number 153. That has often long bothered me. Every single number, every sentence of the Holy Bible has special significance. This one is no different. I have two possibilities for you to consider:
1st - As we know, there are 150 Psalms, however, when the Dead Sea scrolls were discovered, there were a total of 153!
2nd (and more likely) - The numerical value for the Pesach (Passover) offering -the words "the Passover" = 153. He=5, Pe=80, Samech=60, Heth=8. Also, the phrases "all the sons of Israel" and "sons of God" both equal 153 as well. Taking these into consideration, we can infer that because of the Passover, all the sons of Israel will be drawn into the net of salvation. Remember, this includes the Christian believers as evidenced by Paul's statement. Peace and mercy to all who follow this rule, even to the Israel of God. Gal 6:16. And again - You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus... Galatians 3:26.
Every number in the Good Book has a prophetic significance. Read the following account of Abraham:
When Abram heard that his relative had been taken captive, he called out the 318 trained men born in his household and went in pursuit as far as Dan. During the night Abram divided his men to attack them and he routed them, pursuing them as far as Hobah, north of Damascus. He recovered all the goods and brought back his relative Lot and his possessions, together with the women and the other people. Genesis 14:14-16
The number 318 is specific. The Holy Bible could have said "...he called out his trained men..." and it would have made no difference to the reader unless it was understood that there was a future, hidden meaning. It was not until the New Testament was complete that this came to light. The return of Christ is mentioned 318 times in scripture. Therefore, this passage was written to give insight into His return. As we who have accepted Christ are now part of his family as Lot was to Abraham, I believe this is letting us know that Christ's return for his people will be divided into two separate occurrences or waves - possibly one for the Rapture of His church and a second for the tribulation saints. We'll have to wait and see...keep looking up!
You've read this before....now read it with new eyes!
Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida. Philip found Nathanael and told him, "We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote--Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph." "Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?" Nathanael asked.
"Come and see," said Philip. When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, he said of him, "Here is a true Israelite, in whom there is nothing false." "How do you know me?" Nathanael asked. Jesus answered, "I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you." Then Nathanael declared, "Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel." Jesus said, "You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You shall see greater things than that." He then added, "I tell you the truth, you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man." John 1:44-51
Unless you understand this from a Hebraic perspective, you would assume Nethanael was easily impressed. From our view as the reader, there is a short time lapse between Jesus' first sight of Nethanael and the time of this exchange; however, the term "under the fig tree" has a special meaning. In Hebrew teachings, the best place to study was under a fig tree. Jesus was in fact telling Nethanael that he recognized him from his youth when he was a student. Nethanael was stunned at Jesus' statement. We can assume by this time he had changed physically quite a bit, and may even have grown a beard. The fact that Jesus recognized him marked him as beyond exceptional!
***As scripture has both a literal and a prophetic meaning, it can be deduced that the future parallel is that those Jews currently living in Israel (the fig tree) will at a future point cry out the same statement "Your are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel." At that time, they ...will see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man. They will finally be enlightened to the Glorious Gospel of our Lord and Savior! Thanks to my friend Gerlinda for opening my eyes to this prophetic parallel.
Have you ever given thought to the fact that all these happenedat a well:
Isaac met Rebekah - a gentile
Jacob (Israel) met Rachel (his most cherished wife) - a gentile
Moses met Zipporah - a gentile
What is the significance? Jesus showed his love - and acceptance - of all people at a well when he met the Samaritan woman. The Holy Bible clearly indicates that:
They said to the woman, "We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world." John 4:42
The Samaritans were a mixed race - part Jewish, part Gentile. The implications here are clear. Christ's bride is those who believe - without regard to race.
We see this exchange in John 2:19-21 - Jesus answered them, "Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days." The Jews replied, "It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and you are going to raise it in three days?" But the temple he had spoken of was his body.
It is interesting to note that the word "temple" here is the Greek word "naos." There are several Greek words for this temple, but this one specifically means the holy of holies. Jesus, in John's writing, is clearly pictured as divine. Another astonishing nugget hidden here is the gematria used in the sentence. Take the "three" and add them to the "forty-six" and you come up with the 49 days of counting the Omer from Firstfruits to Pentecost as outlined in Leviticus 23:15-21. John 2:13 says "When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover.... " So here we have a picture of what is coming - the Passover, followed by the Resurrection, followed by Pentecost! Glory to God for such intricate detail!
Aware of their discussion, Jesus asked them: "Why are you talking about having no bread? Do you still not see or understand? Are your hearts hardened? Do you have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to hear? And don't you remember? When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many basketfuls of pieces did you pick up?" "Twelve," they replied. "And when I broke the seven loaves for the four thousand, how many basketfuls of pieces did you pick up?" They answered, "Seven." He said to them, "Do you still not understand?" Mark 8:17-21
Here, Jesus is questioning the disciples on his two of His great miracles. There is a hidden parable in what has just happened here. The first time, Jesus was traveling in a Jewish controlled area. The basketfuls picked up equaled 12. The next time he had traveled through a gentile area and the basketfuls picked up were 7. The word for basket in each instance is different in the original Greek. The first being a smaller sized basket (kophinos) and the second a hamper (spuris). The hidden meaning is that a remnant of each of the 12 tribes would be gathered in (age of law) and a large number of the 7 churches (see Revelation chapters 1-3) would be gathered in (age of grace).
Note: I am not saying Jesus was preaching to the gentiles or that they were the recipients of the bread. His ministry was to the Jewish people. Until His crucifixion and resurrection the mystery of the gentile church was not fully revealed. However, the parable as interpreted is the logical conclusion.
Psalm 46 gives us something most intriguing:
First some background. The King James Version of the Holy Bible was first published in 1611. In this same year, William Shakespeare was 46 years old.
Start at the beginning of this Psalm and count in 46 words: Shake
Now from the end - count in 46 words: Spear
Go back to the beginning and count in 14 words: Will
Now from the end again - count back 32 words: I am.
So you have William Shakespeare in Psalm 46, 46 words in, 46 words back, and 14+32 = 46 words. All compiled in the year William Shakespeare was 46 years old.
Praise be to the Author of Life for the unfolding of His glorious mysteries!
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