This is a Historicist Blog

Our goal is to restore the Historical Protestant Interpretation of prophecy with special attention to the books of Daniel and The Revelation.

If you have been sitting in Church for years terrified about The Rapture, a Seven Year Tribulation, or a One-World Anti-Christ, this is your blog site. We will take the anxiety out of “end-times” prophecies. Our posts will clearly explain what the Bible actually says, and what it doesn’t say about future events.

Our Hermeneutics (rules of interpretation) adhere to the history, grammar and context of the passage as it was intended by Daniel and John.

We will not tell you what we feel. We will explain prophecies using sound logic and the tried and true rule of comparing Scripture to Scripture. It is imperative to understand correctly what is future and what has been fulfilled since the prophecies were recorded.

First of all you must understand this, that no prophecy of scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, 2Pet. 1:20

Ishmael’s Blessing

Ishmael was greatly blessed by the LORD.

Sarai and Abram had decided to not wait on God’s promise, and concocted a scheme to get an heir, not believing what Abram had been promised by the LORD.

FYI: Abram means, exalted father.
Abraham means, father of a multitude.
Sarai means, my princess.
Sarah means, she is a princess.
Hagar means, emigration, forsaken, stranger.
Ishmael means, God will hear.

1   Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, bore him no children. She had an Egyptian maid whose name was Hagar;  2 and Sarai said to Abram, “Behold now, the LORD has prevented me from bearing children; go in to my maid; it may be that I shall obtain children by her.” And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai.  3 So, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan, Sarai, Abram’s wife, took Hagar the Egyptian, her maid, and gave her to Abram her husband as a wife.  4 And he went in to Hagar, and she conceived; and when she saw that she had conceived, she looked with contempt on her mistress.  5 And Sarai said to Abram, “May the wrong done to me be on you! I gave my maid to your embrace, and when she saw that she had conceived, she looked on me with contempt. May the LORD judge between you and me!”  6 But Abram said to Sarai, “Behold, your maid is in your power; do to her as you please.” Then Sarai dealt harshly with her, and she fled from her. Gen. 16:1-6

So now there is a huge jealousy problem between Sarai and Hagar. Hagar is a concubine, or second kind of wife. Sarai is the wife in charge as she was a dowery wife, or the first wife. (See Also: Three Kinds of Wives)

Hagar essentially ran away from Sarai, feeling there was a better life in the wilderness. At this point in the narrative, Hagar is with child.

Found by the LORD, himself, Hagar is by a spring of water. The child she will bear is a son of Abram and will be mightily blessed by the LORD.

She is on her way to Shur, believed to be between Egypt and ancient Israel. Shur roots from the verb to travel or journey, so it is where one is on the way to somewhere else.

7   The angel of the LORD found her by a spring of water in the wilderness, the spring on the way to Shur.  8 And he said, “Hagar, maid of Sarai, where have you come from and where are you going?” She said, “I am fleeing from my mistress Sarai.”  9 The angel of the LORD said to her, “Return to your mistress, and submit to her.”  10 The angel of the LORD also said to her, “I will so greatly multiply your descendants that they cannot be numbered for multitude.”  

11 And the angel of the LORD said to her, 

“Behold, you are with child, 

and shall bear a son; 

you shall call his name Ishmael; 

because the LORD has given heed (listened) to your affliction.  

12 He shall be a wild ass of a man, 

his hand against every man and every man’s hand against him; 

and he shall dwell over against all his kinsmen.”  

13 So she called the name of the LORD who spoke to her, “Thou art a God of seeing”; for she said, “Have I really seen God and remained alive after seeing him?”  14 Therefore the well was called Beer-lahai-roi; it lies between Kadesh and Bered. Gen. 16:7-14

The Angel of the LORD

The Angel of the LORD, or the physical presence of God, doesn’t speak to just anybody. His appearances are rare and profound. Hagar is one of a very few people in the Bible who are blessed with such an event.

After hearing Hagar’s cry, the LORD comes to this woman of faith, and announces to her she is with child. She must return to her mistress and submit to her. The LORD is providing for her and her child.

Hagar is told by God to name her son Ishmael. God doesn’t name people very often. Ishmael is the very first person that God named, quite an honor. Ishmael is going to be the father of a great multitude or number of descendants, a very numerous people. Another blessing.

When God does name individuals, it is only those that typologically or literally point to The Redeemer. [Gen. 17:19; Is 7:14; Is. 8:3; Hos. 1:4 ; Hos. 1:9;  Matt. 1:21; Luke 1:13]

Donkeys

It is unfortunate that the translators have constructed their understanding of the words by their own prejudices. Hence, the idea that Ishmael is a wild ass as a curse, and not a blessing.

First of all, one never sees a wild donkey that is not well fed. They seem to be able to find food where ever they are. They are by nature, roaming animals that are difficult to tame, thus wild. It is only when they are tamed and controlled by humans that they sometime suffer from want or neglect.

The characteristic of these numerous peoples is that they will be wanderers and very independent.

Before the Face

In Hebrew this is EL-PHANA, meaning before the face. We see it in Gen 1:2 when the deep and the waters are before the face of the Creator. In Gen 1:20 the Heavens are before the face of the Creator. In Gen 4:14 Cain is driven from before the face of the ground. The term means to deeply consider someone or something.

The translators have put against every man for the phrase EL-PHANA, before the face of everyman. Meaning that everyone is impressed by this man and his descendants. To dwell against all his kinsmen, should be before the face of his kinsmen.

Donkeys are also known for their bravery in the face of predators. They do not run as other animals, but stand before the face of any predator. They will kick and bite to defend themselves and the rest of their herd. Whatever happens, his kinsmen must always consider this perspective.

Consider Abraham’s son Ishmael

When Abraham receives the prophecy of Isaac’s birth, He asked God to also consider Ishmael.

As for Ishmael, I have heard you; behold, I will bless him and make him fruitful and multiply him exceedingly; he shall be the father of twelve princes, and I will make him a great nation. Gen. 17:20

In spite of the difficult family relations, Abraham clearly cares deeply for Ishmael. God recognizes this and tells Abraham the same basic promise He gave Hagar.

Hagar and Ishmael 1879 by Frederick R .A. Goodall, (1822-1904)

8   And the child grew, and was weaned; and Abraham made a great feast on the day that Isaac was weaned.  9 But Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she had borne to Abraham, playing with her son Isaac.  10 So she said to Abraham, “Cast out this slave woman with her son; for the son of this slave woman shall not be heir with my son Isaac.”  11 And the thing was very displeasing to Abraham on account of his son.  12 But God said to Abraham, “Be not displeased because of the lad and because of your slave woman; whatever Sarah says to you, do as she tells you, for through Isaac shall your descendants be named.  13 And I will make a nation of the son of the slave woman also, because he is your offspring.”  14 So Abraham rose early in the morning, and took bread and a skin of water, and gave it to Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, along with the child, and sent her away. And she departed, and wandered in the wilderness of Beer-sheba. Gen. 21:8-14

No one really knows what “playing with Isaac” means. There are a great many speculative things written by both the Jews and the Church, none of them are very kind to Ishmael. What ever he was doing, Sarah took the opportunity to rid herself of Hagar and Ishmael. She saw Ishmael as a threat to the blessings of Isaac.

Ishmael through no real fault of his own or his mother Hagar, are put out. Ishmael found himself out of favor with his father’s other wife. Abraham is upset, but God reminded him that all would be well with the boy. So, the mother and son of great blessing were sent out into a dry and barren land.

15   When the water in the skin was gone, she cast the child under one of the bushes.  16 Then she went, and sat down over against him a good way off, about the distance of a bowshot; for she said, “Let me not look upon the death of the child.” And as she sat over against him, the child lifted up his voice and wept.  17 And God heard the voice of the lad; and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven, and said to her, “What troubles you, Hagar? Fear not; for God has heard the voice of the lad where he is.  18 Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him fast with your hand; for I will make him a great nation.”  19 Then God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water; and she went, and filled the skin with water, and gave the lad a drink.  20 And God was with the lad, and he grew up; he lived in the wilderness, and became an expert with the bow.  21 He lived in the wilderness of Paran; and his mother took a wife for him from the land of Egypt. Gen. 21:15-21

This time, the LORD hears the voice of Ishmael and comes to save them from great thirst. The promise of Ishmael becoming a great nation must have comforted Hagar.

Many years later, both Ishmael and Isaac come to their fathers funeral. There does not seem to be any lasting animosity between the two boys, as both are present.

8 Abraham breathed his last and died in a good old age, an old man and full of years, and was gathered to his people. 9 Isaac and Ishmael his sons buried him in the cave of Mach-pelah, in the field of Ephron the son of Zohar the Hittite, east of Mamre, Gen. 25:8-9

The Son’s of Ishmael

12   These are the descendants of Ishmael, Abraham’s son, whom Hagar the Egyptian, Sarah’s maid, bore to Abraham.  13 These are the names of the sons of Ishmael, named in the order of their birth: Nebaioth, the first-born of Ishmael; and Kedar, Adbeel, Mibsam,  14 Mishma, Dumah, Massa,  15 Hadad, Tema, Jetur, Naphish, and Kedemah.  16 These are the sons of Ishmael and these are their names, by their villages and by their encampments, twelve princes according to their tribes.  17 (These are the years of the life of Ishmael, a hundred and thirty-seven years; he breathed his last and died, and was gathered to his kindred.)  18 They dwelt from Havilah to Shur, which is opposite Egypt in the direction of Assyria; he settled over against all his people. Gen. 25:12-18

The text indicates that while Ishmael lived, his family traveled in the land of his father Abraham. The land that is between Assyria and Egypt.

FYI: Mohamed was a descendant of Ishmael’s son Kedar (See Also: The Tents of Kedar)

We also learn of the 12 princes that are tribal descendants of Ishmael. Today, we know that most of the Arab speaking nations are descendants of Ishmael. Those that are not of Ishmael, are of Abraham’s other sons by his third wife Keturha.

1   Abraham took another wife, whose name was Keturah.  2 She bore him Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak, and Shuah.  3 Jokshan was the father of Sheba and Dedan. The sons of Dedan were Asshurim, Letushim, and Le-ummim.  4 The sons of Midian were Ephah, Epher, Hanoch, Abida, and Eldaah. All these were the children of Keturah.  5 Abraham gave all he had to Isaac.  6 But to the sons of his concubines Abraham gave gifts, and while he was still living he sent them away from his son Isaac, eastward to the east country. Gen. 25:1-6

The Arab world contains approximately about 500 million people. They are very prosperous as these countries contain much of the world’s oil and minerals yet untouched.

For most of history these tribes continued in the faith of their father Abraham. When the Messiah came most of what was then the Easter Roman Empire follow His teachings, and where among the first that were called Christians. It was only later that the teaching of the crazy man Mohamed turned them from faith. Few stood up to the call of ,“convert or die.”

Now is the time to call the Son’s of Abraham back to the faith of their father.

The Hoax of Unity with Rome

The Vatican Still Upholds Over 100 Curses Against Those Who Fight Against Their False Teachings

Pope Francis

The Roman Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan is the Pastor of the well known St Patricks Cathedral in New York City. Cardinal Dolan recently spoke about the Catholic Council of Trent (1545-1563) on his radio podcast, and he described that Council as a response to the “challenges of Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation” and also as “an amazingly effective Council.”

The Tents of Kedar, Psalm 120

Mohammed in the Bible

This is one of those Passages where we shake out heads and go “I don’t know”. However all the answers are in old theology books. There is nothing new under the sun. There is always someone in ages passed that knew what the passage meant.

Psa. 120:

 A Song of Ascents. 

1 In my distress I cry to the LORD, that he may answer me: 

2 “Deliver me, O LORD, from lying lips, from a deceitful tongue.” 

3 What shall be given to you? And what more shall be done to you, you deceitful tongue? 

4 A warrior’s sharp arrows, with glowing coals of the broom tree! 

5 Woe is me, that I sojourn in Meshech, that I dwell among the tents of Kedar! 

6 Too long have I had my dwelling among those who hate peace. 

7 I am for peace; but when I speak, they are for war! 

So where was or is Meshech and what or who are the tents of Kedar?

Meshech

Meshech is one of the sons of Japheth from whom the Europeans descended [Gen 10:2]. And it never has been a good place for the children of Israel to be in their wanderings. The Crusades, The INQUISITION, the progroms, and constant evictions followed them everywhere the wandered. It wasn’t until Oliver Cromwell in 1699 that they could even be buried in England.

Kedar

Maimonides a.k.a. The RamBam

Kedar was a son of Ishmael [Gen 25:13]. The question is why of all the sons of Ishmael this one and not one of the other 11? Because Mohammed was of the Koresh clan and they descended from Kedar. As the RamBam put it “for the Madman and imbecile is of the lineage of the children of Kedar as they readily admit.” Maimonides, “Letter to Yemen” 1:4. The RamBam wrote in Hebrew so the word translated as “Madman” would have been “Meshugana”.

Maimonides saw that this was a prophecy about the subjugation of the Jews to the Arabs because of the teaching of the Meshugana one. That this was because of the Jews sin, and there was noting to do but endure.

Remember, my co-religionists, that on account of the vast number of our sins, God has hurled us in the midst of this people, the Arabs, who have persecuted us severely, and passed baneful and discriminatory legislation against us, as Scripture has forewarned us, “Our enemies themselves shall judge us” (Deuteronomy 32:31). “Letter to Yemen” 1:4

You might also be interested in this Muslim sight Mohammed in the Bible

 

The Temple of Hadrian at Ephesus, Ionia (Turkey)

The Temple of Hadrian on Curetes Street, built before 138 AD by a wealthy Ephesian, P. Vedius Antoninus Sabinus, and was dedicated to Hadrian, who came to visit the city in 124 and 129 AD, Ephesus, Turkey

written by Carole Raddato

The Temple of Hadrian at Ephesus is regarded one of the most famous monuments of the ancient city of Ephesus. It lies on the south side of Curates Street, one of Ephesus’ main arteries connecting the Gate of Hercules with the Library of Celsus.

The remains of the Temple were unearthed in 1956 during excavations carried out by the Austrian Archaeological Institute (ÖAI). Due to its excellent state of preservation and cultural and historical importance it was rebuilt with original building elements in 1957/1958.

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Psalm 74 – The Leviathan

 A Maskil of Asaph.  

What is A Maskil?

There are 13 Psalms that are designated a maskil. They are 32, 42, 44, 45, 52-55, 74, 78, 88, 89 and 142.

The Hebrew word maskil means instruction and is either:

  1.  A psalm with something special to teach, like 32 and 78, or
  2.  A psalm that the Psalmist wrote in a very clever way.

Who was Asaph?

There are three different men with the name of Asaph.[Neh. 2:8; 1Chr. 6:39;  Is. 36:3] The Asaph identified with twelve Psalms; 50, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83,  is said to be the son of Berechiah who is said to be the pro-generator of the Asaphites. [1 Chronicles 6:39 ; 2 Chronicles 5:12]

FYI: When ever one runs into something in the Bible that makes little sense at first reading, it is important to look at all the passages that cover the same subject. As the theologians say “the Bible is its own best commentary.” So there is a list of other verses for your comparison at the end of the post of all Leviathans, sea monsters, and dragon passages that come to mind.

The Psalm

Now let us examine our clever psalm. It is a psalm of both typology and symbolism. The Psalmist asks Why?

A Maskil of Asaph.

1 O God, why dost thou cast us off for ever? Why does thy anger smoke against the sheep of thy pasture?  

2 Remember thy congregation, which thou hast gotten of old, which thou hast redeemed to be the tribe of thy heritage! Remember Mount Zion, where thou hast dwelt.  

3 Direct thy steps to the perpetual ruins; the enemy has destroyed everything in the sanctuary!  

The psalmist predicts a time of judgment by God on the sheep of Thy pasture. This is the first indication of symbology, as the people are called sheep. A time is coming when the sanctuary shall be in perpetual ruins. This is both about the (type) Babylonian Captivity of the Jews and the (antitype) Babylonian Corruption of the Church.

Sanctuary Burned

4 Thy foes have roared in the midst of thy holy place; they set up their own signs for signs.  

5 At the upper entrance they hacked the wooden trellis with axes.  

6 And then all its carved wood they broke down with hatchets and hammers.  

7 They set thy sanctuary on fire; to the ground they desecrated the dwelling place of thy name.  

8 They said to themselves, “We will utterly subdue them”; they burned all the meeting places of God in the land.  

9 We do not see our signs; there is no longer any prophet, and there is none among us who knows how long.  

Loudness in the holy place is always a sign that something is amiss. It is one thing for a preacher to be loud enough to be heard at the back of the crowd, it is another for the noice to be riotous and unruly.

The sanctuary is where one meets the Lord with humility and reverence. These fellows revel in their supposed victory over the true believers. They think that they are now the masters the King’s sanctuary.

Signs for signs is hard to get the meaning of. In Hebrew something double stated is a negative. As in Captivity captive, which means to be released. Signs for signs would mean no signs or false signs.

Verses five and six are completely inaccurate in translation. They merely state that the wood of the temple was cut down with axes and burned. There is no entrance or wooden trellis mentioned in the Hebrew. In life the temple had a wooden roof and door.

How Long?

10 How long, O God, is the foe to scoff? Is the enemy to revile thy name for ever?  

11 Why dost thou hold back thy hand, why dost thou keep thy right hand in thy bosom?  

The lament that there is no one who knows how long the captivity would last. This is not because the information was not given but because the people did not heed Jeremiah. Nor does the church seek out the numbers in Daniel and the Revelation, as to how long the corruption of the church is to last. Instead of reading the passages for what they said, they always sought the Second Coming. Turning their eyes from seeing their own judgment.

The great question of both Lamentations and the church of the Dark Ages. How long? The suffering went on and on, even though the Roman church was claiming victory as the true church suffered for over 400 years of the INQUISITION.

Leviathan

The Beast Comes Out of the Sea by Giusto De’ Menabuoi (c. 1320–1391)

12 Yet God my King is from of old, working salvation in the midst of the earth.  

13 Thou didst divide the sea by thy might; thou didst break the heads of the dragons on the waters.  

14 Thou didst crush the heads of Leviathan, thou didst give him as food for the creatures of the wilderness.  

15 Thou didst cleave open springs and brooks; thou didst dry up ever-flowing streams.  

16 Thine is the day, thine also the night; thou hast established the luminaries and the sun.  

17 Thou hast fixed all the bounds of the earth; thou hast made summer and winter.  

Job and the 104th Psalm refer to leviathan as a real sea creature. However here it is multi-headed. This cannot be a real animal. This animal is symbolic just like God calling His people, sheep.

Isaiah called him the twisting serpent of the sea. [Is. 27:1] And later names it Rahab which in Hebrew means to be defiant, arrogant, boisterous or stormy. [Is. 51:9]

However we don’t get a real description of it until Revelation 13, where it is called the beast from the sea. It is described as having ten horns and seven heads and is made up of all the beasts from the sea in Daniel 7. It represents all the imperial powers that have ruled the Western World from the time of Babylon. It gets its authority from Satan [Rev. 13:4]

Now Satan is the ruler of this world, and he has ruled through these imperial powers for 2520 years. [John 12:; 14:30; 16:11; Eph. 6:12]

We know that we are of God, and the whole world is in the power of the evil one. 1John 5:19 

Satan is now out of time. Soon his heads will be crushed, and the imperial powers will blow away like chaff according to Daniel 2, on the day of our deliverance.

Deliverance

18 Remember this, O LORD, how the enemy scoffs, and an impious people reviles thy name.  

19 Do not deliver the soul of thy dove to the wild beasts; do not forget the life of thy poor for ever.  

20 Have regard for thy covenant; for the dark places of the land are full of the habitations of violence.  

21 Let not the downtrodden be put to shame; let the poor and needy praise thy name.  

22 Arise, O God, plead thy cause; remember how the impious scoff at thee all the day!  

23 Do not forget the clamor of thy foes, the uproar of thy adversaries which goes up continually! 

This is our prayer and our hope. Let Leviathan be no more. No king but Jesus/Yeshua.

Verses

Let those curse it who curse the day, who are skilled to rouse up Leviathan. Job 3:8

“Can you draw out Leviathan with a fishhook, or press down his tongue with a cord? Job 41:1 

There go the ships, and Leviathan which thou didst form to sport in it. Psa. 104:26

In that day the LORD with his hard and great and strong sword will punish Leviathan the fleeing serpent, Leviathan the twisting serpent, and he will slay the dragon that is in the sea. Is. 27:1 

 2 Daniel said, “I saw in my vision by night, and behold, the four winds of heaven were stirring up the great sea.  3 And four great beasts came up out of the sea, different from one another. Dan 7:2-3

And I saw a beast rising out of the sea, with ten horns and seven heads, with ten diadems upon its horns and a blasphemous name upon its heads.  2 And the beast that I saw was like a leopard, its feet were like a bears, and its mouth was like a lion’s mouth. And to it the dragon gave his power and his throne and great authority.  Rev. 13:1 

And the beast that I saw was like a leopard, its feet were like a bears, and its mouth was like a lion’s mouth. And to it the dragon gave his power and his throne and great authority. Rev. 13:2

The sea or waters

And he said to me, “The waters that you saw, where the harlot is seated, are peoples and multitudes and nations and tongues. Rev. 17:15 

And the beast was captured, and with it the false prophet who in its presence had worked the signs by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped its image. These two were thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with sulphur. Rev. 19:20