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Our Daily Bread…Featuring Paul Beverly

Posted in Our Daily Bread with tags , , on March 30, 2017 by paulthepoke

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Do not brag or boast, but let light shine upon the good in yourself. For the good in everyone is a gift of God. Shine so bright that no darkness is seen in you. Let others see the good works of God in you.

Matthew 5:16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in Heaven.

Have a bright day my friends!!!

Feast of Tabernacles/Sukkot: Light

Posted in Fall Feasts, Prophecy with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 9, 2016 by paulthepoke

Leviticus 23:33-36 Again the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘On the fifteenth of this seventh month is the Feast of Booths for seven days to the LORD. On the first day is a holy convocation; you shall do no laborious work of any kind. For seven days you shall present an offering by fire to the LORD. On the eighth day you shall have a holy convocation and present an offering by fire to the LORD; it is an assembly. You shall do no laborious work.’”

Light is a theme of The Feast of Tabernacles.

Exodus 13:20 Then they set out from Succoth and camped in Etham on the edge of the wilderness.

Succoth is the first place the nation of Israel stopped after the Exodus from Egypt. Succoth is believed to be on the east of Goshen or the western edge of the Sinai Peninsula. The name of this town is the same name for the God Appointed Holiday, Succoth. In the Hebrew, the word means: a booth, tent, or shelters. The nation of Israel led by Moses left their shelter in Egypt.

Exodus 13:21 The LORD was going before them in a pillar of cloud by day to lead them on the way, and in a pillar of fire by night to give them light, that they might travel by day and by night.

Notice. Israel was led by a pillar of fire, light, at night. The light was always there and never left the Hebrew people (Exodus 13:22). Israel was guided by the presence of God, the light.

Israel camped with God.

Numbers 9:15 Now on the day that the tabernacle was erected the cloud covered the tabernacle, the tent of the testimony, and in the evening it was like the appearance of fire over the tabernacle, until morning.

Israel’s place of worship in the desert wandering was the Tabernacle or Tent of Meeting. Fire or light covered their holy place. Numbers 9:16 So it was continuously; the cloud would cover it by day, and the appearance of fire by night.

Roughly 1,500 years after Moses, a Man would claim to be the light of the world.

John 8:12 Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.”

The ultimate fulfillment of this God Appointed holiday is in the eternal future in the New Jerusalem. The Father and the Son are the substance. They are the light and tabernacle dwelling with humanity.

Revelation 21:22-23 I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. And the city has no need of the sun or of the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God has illumined it, and its lamp is the Lamb.

Millennial Kingdom: Let There Be Light

Posted in Isaiah, Millennial Kingdom, Prophecy, Signs: Sun, Moon, Stars... with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on February 14, 2016 by paulthepoke

Isaiah 30:26 The light of the moon will be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun will be seven times brighter, like the light of seven days, on the day the LORD binds up the fracture of His people and heals the bruise He has inflicted.

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The context of these comments is a future time when the Lord is present on Earth. Day and night as we know it in February of 2016 will change. What we know as day time will be consistent with a future night time during the Millennial Kingdom. The light of the moon will be as the light of the sun.

Day time as we know it will be significantly brighter…and the light of the sun will be seven times brighter, like the light of seven days…

Increased light has to impact agricultural production significantly to the upside. Photosynthesis of plant life will be occurring at all times due to continuous light.

Prior to the return of Christ, the earth will be coming from a place of darkness…literally and figuratively. Light is progressively diminished during the Tribulation as noted in Revelation. The Tribulation is a seven year period noted with volcanic and seismic activity. Fire, brimstone, and smoke are noted in Tribulation verses. The sun is progressively blotted away and darkness will descend.

Revelation 6:12 I looked when He broke the sixth seal, and there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth made of hair, and the whole moon became like blood…

Revelation 8:12 The fourth angel sounded, and a third of the sun and a third of the moon and a third of the stars were struck, so that a third of them would be darkened and the day would not shine for a third of it, and the night in the same way.

Revelation 9:2 He opened the bottomless pit, and smoke went up out of the pit, like the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by the smoke of the pit.

Revelation 9:18 A third of mankind was killed by these three plagues, by the fire and the smoke and the brimstone which proceeded out of their mouths.

Revelation 18:9b …will weep and lament over her when they see the smoke of her burning… (in regards to mystery Babylon). Further smoke and burning are noted in Revelation 18:18.

Earthquake activity is noted in Revelation 6:12, 8:5, 11:13, and 16:18.

Darkness, figuratively and literally, will come to an end with the return of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Isaiah 60:19-20 No longer will you have the sun for light by day, nor for brightness will the moon give you light; but you will have the LORD for an everlasting light, and your God for your glory. Your sun will no longer set, nor will your moon wane; for you will have the LORD for an everlasting light, and the days of your mourning will be over.

Isaiah 10:17 God and Light

Posted in Isaiah, Prophecy with tags , , , , , , , , on November 3, 2013 by paulthepoke

Isaiah 10:17 And the light of Israel will become a fire and his Holy One a flame, and it will burn and devour his thorns and his briars in a single day.

Light of Israel is a term and reference to God. Psalm 104:2 Covering Yourself with light as with a cloak…God is light and a source of light. It is symbolic or purity and holiness. John 1:9 refers to a light of the world who is Jesus. Revelation 21:23 tells us the Lamb of God (Jesus) is the light of the New Jerusalem. And the city has no need of the sun or of the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God has illumined it, and its lamp is the Lamb.

Holy could also be translated separate or sacred per Strong’s Concordance. The Holy One of Israel is often associated with a coming Jewish Messiah in the Old Testament. Christ is referred to as the Holy One of God by evil spirits in Mark 1:24. Unclean spirits realized who Jesus was.  Jesus is stated to be Holy and true in Revelation 3:7.

Again, there are three more references to flames and fire in this verse.

This event will occur in one, single day. ‘echad is the Hebrew word for single. In today’s world of November 2013, are we familiar with weapons that could cause prolific damage and destruction to a region in a single day? A sudden event capable of wiping out vegetation?

Notice the vegetation of the land of the King of Assyria. It is briars and thorns, symbols of sin. His actions result in a literal forest of sin.

Isaiah 10:18-19 And He will destroy the glory of his forest and of his fruitful garden, both soul and body, and it will be as when a sick man wastes away. And the rest of the trees of his forest will be so small in number that a child could write them down.

He, God, the Holy One will be the agent of destruction of the King’s plants. Trees and food sources will be destroyed completely. The Hebrew word for wastes is macac. This verb could also be translated to melt or dissolve. God brings a fire so intense, that in a single day it will melt and dissolve the king’s abundant and prolific garden.

The destruction across the region is so complete, that a young child could count what is left over.

Isaiah 5:20 Contrasts, Evil is Good

Posted in Isaiah with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 19, 2012 by paulthepoke

Isaiah 5:20 Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! 

Turn on the television or open the newspaper. These concepts pervade 21st century American culture. How the culture defines evil is not how God defines evil. How the culture defines good is not the way God defines good.

those who call evil good… Take the topic of gay marriage. There are elements of the culture who would tell us this is good. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have protested in the past. They were not getting married until everyone could get married. Gay marriage is a right. Imagine this, Hollywood etiology is at odds with God.

those who call good evil… The culture and the courts have deemed prayer in school to be inappropriate. The argument is the separation of church and state. The state should not be in the business or endorsing a particular religion.

The apostle Paul endorses a lifestyle of prayer in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 to pray without ceasing. The Bible would allow for prayer in school.

who substitute darkness for light… This is a black and white issue with God (idiom and contrast intended). The contrast is clear. See 1 John 1:5 This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.

God is the definitive source of light, spiritually and physically. He physically created light in Genesis. In Revelation 22:5 it is stated God is the source of physical light. And there will no longer be any night; and they will not have need of the light of a lamp nor the light of the sun, because the Lord God will illumine them; and they will reign forever and ever.

Spiritually, we know God is morally perfect and without sin. 1 John 3:5 You know that He appeared in order to take away sins; and in Him there is no sin. The “He” is Jesus. Jesus is God. Jesus is from the Father. There is no sin in the Son or the Father.

who substitute bitter for sweet… God’s word is compared with sweetness. The context of the verse is God’s law, precepts, rules, and instructions in Psalm 119:103 How sweet are Your words to my taste! Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth! What God has to say is sweeter than honey itself. Psalm 19:10 says this about God’s commands and judgments. They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb.

According to God, to follow the words of other gods is associated with bitterness.

Jeremiah 9:13-15 The LORD said, “Because they have forsaken My law which I set before them, and have not obeyed My voice nor walked according to it, but have walked after the stubbornness of their heart and after the Baals, as their fathers taught them,” therefore thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, “behold, I will feed them, this people, with wormwood and give them poisoned water to drink.

 

Genesis 1:14-15 Lights

Posted in Creation with tags , , , , , , , on August 4, 2011 by paulthepoke

Genesis 1:14-15 Then God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years; and let them be for lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth”; and it was so.

Here we go again, another day and another difference in how God created and man postulates over the creation. The Big Bang says an explosion took place approximately 15 billion years ago. Biblical genealogies back to Adam calculate the earth is less than 10,000 years old.

Science says the sun was present before the earth. God spoke the earth into existence on the first day and the sun was created on the fourth day.

Science says that the sun was present before other light on the earth. God says there was light which was created on day one other than the sun. This light separated day from night.

Science says the stars were before the earth. God says the stars were created on day four after the creation of the earth on day one.

Science says that the earth was created at the same time as the other planets. God says the earth was created first and the other planets were created later on day four. Observations and distinctions are from www.answersingenesis.org .

God does draw a distinction from the “light” created on day one and “lights” created on day four. The following is an excerpt from Dr. Henry Morris’ Defender Bible, www.icr.org

On the first day, God had said: “Let there be light” (Hebrew or). Now He says: “Let there be lights” (ma-or). Light energy was activated first, but now great masses of material (part of the “earth” elements created on the first day) were gathered together in one of the firmaments, or spaces, of the cosmos–the space beyond the waters above the space adjacent to the earth. These great bodies were set burning in complex chemical and nuclear reactions, to serve henceforth as “light-givers” for the earth.

Dr. Morris, www.icr.org , also has this observation regarding the “seasons”.

The establishment of “seasons” (and these were not simply religious seasons, but actual climatological seasons) indicates that the earth was formed with an axial inclination from the beginning, for this is the basic cause of its seasons.

God’s word is radically different than the opinion and imagination of man. Isaiah 55:8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD.

Genesis 1:5 Sunset, A New Day

Posted in Creation with tags , , , , , , on May 30, 2011 by paulthepoke

Genesis 1:5 God called the light day, and the darkness He called night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day.

Observation, according to God the day starts when the light source sets. The first part of the day is evening, then morning. What happens in the evening? It is dark. What happens in the morning? There is light. This pattern is consistent through the creation week in days one through six. Evening comes first, then morning. The Hebrew day starts at sunset. This mindset is the reason why people were scrambling like mad to get Jesus off the cross and buried before sunset. The day was about to end and the next day was the Sabbath.

In comparison, look at the western world concept of time. In our world, the new day starts at midnight. We mark our time by a clock. God marks his time with the sun. Culturally, our day starts when the alarm goes off in the morning or the sun gets us up. We are completely out of phase with God’s schedule. The modern, enlightened, western world has scrapped God’s definition and marking of a day.

Consider a mind set of the sun sets and the day is over. We start a new day by eating an evening meal, resting, then sleeping. We get up and eat a morning meal, then we go about our day’s work. Work is the end of the day, not the beginning. That is God’s way.

The sun is not needed for day and night. Light and a rotating earth are needed. On the first day of creation, God made and is light. The phrase “evening and morning” certainly implies a rotating earth. If we have light from one direction, and a spinning earth, there can be day and night. (Could God Really Have Created Everything in Six Day? Ken Ham, September 27, 2007)

Evolutionary theory suspects the sun was part of the formation of the earth. Big Bang theory has the sun occurring before the earth. Big Bang also suspects the sun was responsible in the development of life on earth. Science is no different than pagan religions who believe the sun is part of the creative process. (Could God Really Have Created Everything in Six Day? Ken Ham, September 27, 2007)

The Bible says that the sun is not created until day four. The sun is a created tool, not a source of creation. God’s account of creation and man’s theories clash. Man is concerned about the sun from the beginning and man postulates the sun is a source of life.

God’s word is radically different than the opinion of man. Isaiah 55:8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD.

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